A surfer shoots the curl on the North Shore.

Best North Shore O‘ahu Surf Spots

From surf spots best suited to kids and novices to waves best left to experienced locals, here are all the best surf spots on O‘ahu’s North Shore, along with how to get there, hazards to watch out for, and the breaks you’ll find.

A surfer tests his mettle against a large wave at the Eddie Aikau Invitational.

The Eddie Surf Tournament, O‘ahu

Learn about The Eddie, an annual yet elusive one-day event that honors the late North Shore waterman Eddie Aikau and the surfers who dedicate their lives to riding giant waves.

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.

Moon Tahoe

California outdoors expert Ann Marie Brown provides you with the essential details needed to discover all of the can’t-miss sights, attractions, and restaurants in and around Tahoe. Ski Squaw Valley’s renowned slopes, hibernate in a cozy South Shore cabin, dine in Tahoe City, or hike the Tahoe Rim Trail—Brown will help you maximize your time […]

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.