A surfer gets out in front of an enormous wave on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Surfing in Hale‘iwa and Turtle Bay

Dubbed the “Seven Mile Miracle,” O‘ahu’s North Shore has more high-quality surf breaks packed into the scenic coastline from Hale‘iwa to Turtle Bay than in any other place in the world. Here’s where to join surfers from around the world on these legendary waves.

Sharks Cove, part of the Pupukea-Waimea Marine Life Conservation District.

Day Trip Ideas for O‘ahu’s North Shore

Surf, sun, and beaches—the rural North Shore is all about leaving behind the city and tapping into the laidback atmosphere. For both summer and winter, here are some great trip ideas for a day on O‘ahu’s North Shore.

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Shoreline fishing at Ka‘ena Point.

North Shore O‘ahu Fishing Spots

During the summer, spearfishing is common along the North Shore, while shoreline fishing tends to be a year-round activity. With deep water offshore and strong currents from the northwest, the North Shore is great for sportfishing, and has several charters available for part, half, or full-day trips.

Stand-up paddling, kayaking, and diving abound on O’ahu’s North Shore.

Other O‘ahu North Shore Water Sports

If you’re looking for fun on the water, there’s a lot more on offer on O‘ahu’s North Shore than its fabled surfing. Stand-up paddling, kayaking, and diving abound, and you can even rent water bikes or paddle boats.

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.