North Shore
North Shore
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The northern region of Oahu is a destination in itself, offering a wide variety of natural wonders and resort activities.
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  • Andy S
    45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    North Shore
    The north Shore is an amazing trip to take for the day. Visit a few of the local beaches, Turtle Bay Resort. Along the east side is numerous Food Trucks to choice from. Rent a car and take your time. It is 45 min from Waikiki and Discovery Bay Enterprise was amazing place to rent.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Sharon M
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family Vacation
    We went up to the North Shore and were told to go to Shark Cove for the sunset. It was amazing! The tide was out and we could walk the inlet. The grandkids loved it. Saw all kinds of fish life and coral. Sunset was spectacular!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 19, 2023
  • Canucksontheloose
    Victoria, Canada738 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Away from the madding crowd of the big city.
    We did a day trip here by renting a car from Enterprise at Discovery Bay Centre, Waikiki (best prices thru Costco, great service) and it's worth the drive away from the big city. Favourite places to go were Laniakea Beach for spotting sea turtles and Haleiwa Beach Park for parking, playground, basketball court, green areas for shade and picnicking, and access to surf-watching/ lessons. Great lunch at Kahuku Farms. Should snorkel here to avoid the crowds at Hanauma Bay. If you have a week to stay on the Island, you should try to venture to North Shore if you want to get away from the madding crowd of Honolulu and the southern coast.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 28, 2023
  • jmash
    Turnersville, New Jersey1,431 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Drive to and around the North Shore
    My wife and I along with another couple recently visited Honolulu on a cruise vacation. While there, we rented a car and drove up the coast to the North shore. There were numerous wonderful stops along the way with terrific views of the beaches and ocean. We stopped at a few of the food trucks and had a great day. We experienced a lot of traffic and many obnoxious motor bikes in the North Shore, which took away from the beauty of the trip. However, this was a great experience.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 22, 2024
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The real, not commercialized Hawaii
    Unfortunately most people when mentioning Hawaii think of Waikiki, shopping malls and clubs around it. That's the southern shore, heavily commercialized one and famous. For real Hawaii do rent a car and explore the island. Head east and then north. North Hawaii is almost pure nature, with pristine beaches, amazing natural beauties without high rises,... I'd point out Sunset beach, Turtle beach, Waimea bay and Haleiwa,.... We went two full days there, it's less than an hour drive from Honolulu. Many food trucks for great and reasonably priced food, cute small restaurants, bars....
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2024
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Canucksontheloose
Victoria, Canada738 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We did a day trip here by renting a car from Enterprise at Discovery Bay Centre, Waikiki (best prices thru Costco, great service) and it's worth the drive away from the big city. Favourite places to go were Laniakea Beach for spotting sea turtles and Haleiwa Beach Park for parking, playground, basketball court, green areas for shade and picnicking, and access to surf-watching/ lessons. Great lunch at Kahuku Farms. Should snorkel here to avoid the crowds at Hanauma Bay. If you have a week to stay on the Island, you should try to venture to North Shore if you want to get away from the madding crowd of Honolulu and the southern coast.
Written November 28, 2023
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Lisa F
Mount Laurel, NJ227 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Family
I had asked where to look for shells before I left. No one would disclose any good locations just oh north shore beaches. I really didn't have time to go out of my way to any particular beaches to look for shells but would always look wherever I went. This is the only things I found. Sharks cove, waimea bay, electric beach on oahu and cove surf in maui. Glass seemed to be every beach but not great glass mostly sharp. Some frosties but all green and brown really really small pieces. Not even worth picking up or going out of your way for. Found nothing snorkeling just in water lines. I find better glass in nj. Shells I was really hoping for. Not much but again I really didn't have time to look . I had asked hotels they reported oh the locals get mad if we tell bc they make jewelry. So I thought I would share what and where I found.
Written November 9, 2021
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Carol L
Austin, TX, United States9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It is well worth renting a car for a day to leave Honolulu and explore the North Shore. It's a single lane road, weaving along the coastline.... lush trees and beautiful water. Several pullovers where you can take pictures, and a few small parking lots to pull over, some with picnic tables.
Written March 6, 2020
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Unfortunately most people when mentioning Hawaii think of Waikiki, shopping malls and clubs around it. That's the southern shore, heavily commercialized one and famous.
For real Hawaii do rent a car and explore the island. Head east and then north.
North Hawaii is almost pure nature, with pristine beaches, amazing natural beauties without high rises,... I'd point out Sunset beach, Turtle beach, Waimea bay and Haleiwa,.... We went two full days there, it's less than an hour drive from Honolulu.
Many food trucks for great and reasonably priced food, cute small restaurants, bars....
Written June 10, 2024
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mo71ey
195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
My favourite thing to do. Hire a car and get away from Waikiki. It’s a wonderful drive and there are so many great places to visit on your way. Your Navman will want you to go the freeway but at least one way go along the shore line, it’s a beautiful drive. Google ‘North shore day trip itinerary’ and you will find some great days planned out for you. Don’t forget the food trucks!
Written March 18, 2022
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jelk50
West Sacramento, California9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
North Shore is a large stretch of sand and beach. The name North Shore is spoken in the same sentence as surfing. To get there? Drive thru Wahiawa. Once over the quaint bridge you enter a different Oahu. The scattering pineapple fields, coffee orchards, red volcanic dirt and as you drive on to take in the sky as it opens up into the Pacific Ocean. The ocean awaits you with the suggestion of sea mist from pounding waves. You will enter North Shore at Haleiwa and essential end your drive at Turtle Bay. Prepare for a slow drive on a very crowded highway that hugs the beach and at times the mountains. And, during days of high surf expect long delays and multiple jay walkers. Take in the views, bring a lunch, stop at a park or two and for sure - shave ice. If there is one place to see a sunset, there are many, try Halaevia Joe’s.
Oahu, the gathering place, has it all on one island. City, country side, beaches, tropical rain forest and desert. North Shore is the only location untouched by commercialized hotels. Relax and enjoy.
Aloha
Written March 5, 2020
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low274
Columbia, MD123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Friends
An Oahu must-do... but weekdays only! Tried to go on the weekend but the one-way traffic was stop & go, even during the pandemic when there are limited tourists. Tried again during the week and it was smooth sailing! Gorgeous beaches are perfect for watching surfers, but big waves are not safe for winter swimming. Food truck favorites were shrimp plates, acai bowls & shaved ice. Shopping was fun too! Found some souvenirs!
Written March 9, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,419 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Th North Shore is on the island of O'ahu. To get there, head north up the center of O'ahu, Hawai'is most populous island. O'ahu isn't all that big. Among sights to see are the giant breakers on North Shore, where the world's top surfers congregate. Another drawcard is Pupukea. Be prepared to come quipped with goggles and snorkels. The corals and tropical fish are spectacular, but access can be limited. The North Shore is a good day's outing, plan what you want to see before you go.
Written April 11, 2023
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Christy Menendez
Gypsum, CO149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
it's advised to be careful when you get in the water on the side of the island. the waves crash hard and fast, but it's a fun beach. it's not as busy as others close by. you need to be careful or the waves will take you down. surfers like the beaches on the north shore because of the waves. different areas on the beach have more people than others. you park on the side of the streets and walk into the beach. it's beautiful and peaceful.
Written February 6, 2021
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Teacher91 ❤
Temple, TX46,835 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
My friends and I enjoyed a great day out at the North Shore. We did a 'self guided' beach and food tour. The beaches in the North Shore are so beautiful. Just driving the shore line made us happy.

Speaking of happy, eating makes us happy too. Boy, did we eat!

Our stops included: Laniakea Beach, Waimea Bay, Giovannis, Ted's Bakery, Matsumoto Shave Ice, and the North Shore Macadamia Nut Company.

Coming from Oahu, this felt like the 'real' Hawaii.

Don't miss it!
Written May 5, 2021
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