North Shore of Oahu Beach Guide

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  • Sunset Beach // Hawaii

    Sunset Beach

    Stunning sunsets and top surfing are some of the highlights that make Sunset Beach in northwest Oahu so popular. It's easy to reach from the Kamehameha Highway which skirts along the edge of the sandy beach providing tempting views.

    In winter, it's a top place to catch big-wave surfers riding the swell, while in summer the flat waters take on a completely different alter ego. It is popular with families… read more »

  • Laniakea Beach // Hawaii

    Laniakea Beach
    ©Bernard Spragg

    Laniakea Beach, Oahu is commonly known as Turtle Beach, and when you visit it and see the sand scattered with rocks and turtles you'll understand why!

    The long narrow beach is popular so you need to arrive early to secure a coveted parking place. You then have to walk across the busy highway to reach this natural beauty spot.

    The golden sandy beach is lapped with white-foam surfing waves as… read more »

  • Waimea Bay // Hawaii

    Waimea Bay
    ©Daniel Ramirez

    Beautiful Waimea Beach marks the start of the North Shore and the rolling swells that attract big wave riders and pro surfers from around the world. Divided by the outflow of the Waimea River which is ideal for tubing, the golden sands are punctuated by rocks at the south end of this pretty cove, including the huge Waimea Rock which is popular for scrambling up and jumping off.

    A part… read more »

  • Shark's Cove // Hawaii

    Shark's Cove

    Set on Oahu's North Shore, home to some of the most legendary surf spots on the planet, is this popular little beach. Unlike neighbouring beaches, Shark's Cove is not about the surf - this is one for the snorkelers. In fact it was rated as one of the best shore dives in the world by Scuba Diving Magazine back in 2005.

    Sharks Cove is part of Pupukea Beach Park. It has… read more »

  • Ehukai Beach Park (Pipeline) // Hawaii

    Ehukai Beach Park (Pipeline)
    ©Jason Swadley

    No visit to the North Shore would be complete without checking out Ehukai beach, or Banzai Pipeline as it is known to surfers around the world. Set at the heart of the "7 mile miracle" this is possibly the most famous surf spot on the planet and a veritable Mecca for surfers. However, Pipeline is a wave for the experts only; incredibly powerful and breaking over a shallow coral reef… read more »

  • Polo Beach // Hawaii

    Polo Beach
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  • Mokuleia Beach Park // Hawaii

    Mokuleia Beach Park
    ©Steven Pavlov
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  • Three Tables // Hawaii

    Three Tables
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