North Shore Beaches

Oahu North Shore Beaches

About North Shore Beaches


Home to some of the best surf spotsand the best surfers on the planet, Oahu features a string of sandy beaches along the North Shore: Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach, and Ehukai, better know as the Banzai Pipeline, and Laniakea Beach (Turtle Beach). Most every beachfront is home to a major surfing competition in the winter months, hosted by international surf companies. The rural towns of the North Shore include Haleiwa Town, Waialua, Pupukea and Kahuku.

North Shore is also home to cattle ranches, agricultural fields, cultural attractions, polo fields and much more! Don’t forget to check out La’ie Point, Kualoa Ranch, Tropical Farms and the Byodo-In Temple.


The North Shore features just one large commercial hotel, the Turtle Bay Resort, featured prominently in the popular movie ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall.’ However, there has been little change to the look and feel of the districts rural towns.

Haleiwa Town, with a population of about 3,000, was founded in 1832 by Protestant missionaries. Haleiwa and its neighboring towns saw a boost in sugar cane production when Westerners flocked north to build mills, plant cane fields and employ immigrants of all ethnic backgrounds. North Shores multi-ethnic culture still remains today.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Duration: Stops are dependent on the tour, traffic, and are time permitting.
  • Insider Tip: Travel to North Shore in the winter for the biggest waves of the year!
  • Fun Fact: Surf schools often teach beginners in the safety of beach coves that are protected from larger waves.
  • What to Expect: World-class beaches, surf town, rural country homes, and large winter waves (seasonal).
  • Pop Culture: Remember Blue Crush? The surfing movie starring Kate Bosworth was filmed almost entirely on the North Shore of Oahu.