Waimea Valley is an area of historic cultural significance on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Sightseeing North Shore O‘ahu

Sightseeing O‘ahu’s North Shore is primarily focused on Hawaiian heritage, and since all sites are found outdoors, nature features fairly heavily as well. With two main areas to explore, you’ll want to do a bit of planning to make sure you can fully experience both.

Rocky shoreline of Three Tables Beach in Oahu.

Diving and Snorkeling O’ahu’s North Shore

During the summer, from May to September, when the ocean is flat, O’ahu’s North Shore beaches are an amazing place to snorkel. With a mix of rocks, reef, sand, calm waters, and favorable winds, just about anywhere you jump in the water will have some interesting underwater topography, coral, and marine life. For the best snorkeling and diving experience, try these locations and outfitters.

Mokule‘ia Beach Park is a quiet, uncrowded beach across from the Dillingham Airfield.

Beaches in Hale‘iwa, Oahu

All four of the beaches in Hale‘iwa are beach parks, which means parking (sometimes gated), facilities like restrooms, and usually grassy public areas with picnic tables and the like. Here are the amenities for each park along with which beaches are best for swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities.

You can hike to Ka‘ena Point, the western tip of the island, from the North Shore.

North Shore O‘ahu Hiking, Biking and Bird-Watching

O‘ahu’s north shore has three trails with excellent views that range from moderate to intermediate based on conditions and difficulty, and biking is similar. Bird-watchers aren’t left out with a dedicated 164 acres of prime territory with guided tours available.

A cone of shave ice in rainbow colors from Matsumoto's in Haleiwa.

Where to Eat in Hale‘iwa, O‘ahu

Finding something to tempt your tastebuds is no trouble in Hale‘iwa. There’s a good mix of easy standbys such as burgers, pizza, and sushi—expect those to come with a touch of local flavor—plus options for sit-down or to-go meals and quick treats.

A sea turtle on the beach at Laniakea.

Best Beaches of North Shore O‘ahu

Beaches on O‘ahu’s north shore offer a wealth of opportunities for all the favorite beach activities. You’ll find excellent spots for swimming and snorkeling, waves suitable for both novice and experienced surfers, plenty of sand to stretch out on for a relaxing day, and of course, turtle-watching.

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