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North Shore

North Shore, Oahu, HI
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Ranked #24 of 322 Attractions in Oahu
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Activities: Surfing, Dining
Description: The northern region of Oahu is a destination in itself, offering a wide variety of natural wonders and resort activities.
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The best way to see the North Shore cheaply is on The Bus route 55 from Ala Moana Center. (If travelling from Waikiki pay for your $2.50 ticket and ask for a transfer ticket). Give the transfer ticket to the bus driver of route 55. The trip to Haleiwa takes 3 hours by not getting off the bus. There are... More

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Centurion, South Africa
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178 reviews 178 reviews
84 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

While visiting Hawaii we anticipated seeing surfers riding those massive waves that one sometimes see in photos and on TV. Much to our surprise the ocean was very calm and tranquil at Waikiki Beach where our hotel was. We were then informed that those huge waves mainly occur at the North Shore area that refers to the north-facing coastal area... More

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Los Angeles
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219 reviews 219 reviews
165 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Get out of Honolulu/Waikiki and experience Hawaii as it would have been before us tourist ruined it. The beaches are so beautiful and clean. The water is a little rougher along the north shore but it's so warm. The beaches are quieter and parking was easy (I did visit in Sep) Trust me, rent a car and get here, you... More

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Dallas, Texas
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33 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Stunning views of the beaches, mountains, and ocean change dramatically all along the coast. We also stopped and saw two Hawaiian green sea turtles that were sunning themselves on the beach. We saw other sea turtles further west swimming about 20 feet of the beach. You can also see the locations where a lot of the TV series Lost was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Besides the blue waters and annexing landscapes, the North Shore offers quaint shops, local food, and the best snow cones! We rented a car and stopped at every beach. Each one got better and better :) you can buy local pineapple and tasty shrimp, so bring your appetite. . And your camera. There are so many shots you won't want... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

we went in august to north shore thinking there would be large waves and watches these pro surfers but the waves are not till december. didn't know that until one of the locals told us this. still the drive was quite scenic along the way. there is however, a small town that has restaurants, shops, galleries, motsmato (famous for shaved... More

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Houston, Texas
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We just finished a drive from Waikiki counter-clockwise through the windward coast to the North Shore and back. Everything we wanted to see was very crowded, traffic was heavy and the North Shore area is kind of dumpy. Biggest problem was that we couldn't park at any of the main sites. I say don't waste your time.

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Toronto, Ontario
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63 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Take a drive up to the North Shore if you are staying in the Waikiki area, better yet, stay on the North Shore. Sea turtles feed and beach on nameless beaches along the road, stop on the side and walk along the shore, snorkel at Shark's Cove, sun bath, swim and jump off the rocks at Waimea Bay and grab... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
55 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Our drive to the North Shore from Waikiki was a long one, but provided such beautiful scenery. Love the area. We stopped at some amazing hidden beaches along the way. Drove home after dark - the moon was amazing. Advised to stop at a shrimp truck for great local fare - sorry, was ordinary and expensive to say the least.

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Midway, Utah
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We approached the North Shore on 2 different days. First time we went up over the top of the Island then along the north east shore. The view from the pass was fantastic. My wife especially enjoyed the many birds along the way. Chickens of various colors. Her favorite birds were the red headed Brazilian Cardinals. All the birds were... More

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