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North Shore

North Shore, Oahu, HI
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Ranked #24 of 319 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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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 NEW

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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67 helpful votes 67 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
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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76 helpful votes 76 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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Big Sur, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

North shore of Oahu is slow going because of the traffic. It is way too crowded there. Why go on vacation to be in traffic on the road to get any where? You can't even buy a bottle of wine at the store in Laie! No beer, no wine. C'mon, this is 2014! Public restrooms are filthy. There is no... More

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I wanted to see surfers, none to be found. Plenty of people laying on the beach with few swimmers. I am accustomed to the warm Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific is much cooler. Beautiful scenery. I did not go swimming but wish I had.

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Adelaide, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Loved driving through the North Shore. So good to see the non tourist side of Oahu. Beautiful beaches but no surf as we visited during drummer.

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Kensington, Maryland
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The country feel of the North Shore is the opposite of Honolulu. Even Haleiwa, the main town, is sleepier than most shore towns. Kamehameha highway goes past beach after beach, most with limited parking along the road. They all have slightly different wave patterns which change with the seasons, so one might be better for family swimming and another for... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Water is rougher on this side but beautiful. We drove over to enjoy a day. Tried a fabulous food truck for lunch. Lots of nice shops to check out. Very laid back atmosphere. Don't think I could spend the entire trip here but great for 1 or 2 days.

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