The Best Beaches on the North Shore of Oahu

By: Leah Shoup

Waimea Bay Beach Park

The site of “The Eddie,” this North Shore Beach is extremely popular as a family-friendly swimming and snorkeling spot in the summer months.

Laniakea Beach

One of our best Hawaii travel tips: head to Laniakea Beach (also called Turtle Beach) to watch the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles!

Shark's Cove

The name may scare you, but this section of Pupukea Beach Park is a favorite among tourists on the North Shore for snorkeling in the summer months.

Sunset Beach Park

This North Shore attraction features soft beige sand and is ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and watching surfers catch a wave.

Ehukai Beach Park

Across from Sunset Beach Elementary School, you'll find one of the most famous North Shore surfing spots, also called "The Banzai Pipeline".

Three Tables Beach

Three Tables Beach is one of the island’s top snorkeling and diving spots during the warmer months, especially from May to September.

Kuilima Cove

This sheltered inlet at Turtle Bay Resort is protected from large waves, making it ideal for beginner-level snorkelers and families with young kids.

Haleiwa Beach Park

Since you can find calmer waves here, it's one of the best Oahu North Shore beaches for beginner surfers and surfing lessons.

Mokuleia Beach Park

Mokuleia Beach features a shallow reef, providing good conditions for snorkeling in the summer months.