The Best North Shore Beaches on Oahu, Hawaii

By: Leah Shoup

Waimea Bay Beach Park

This iconic North Shore beach is popular as a family-friendly swimming and snorkeling spot in the summer. It also hosts "The Eddie" surfing tournament in the winter.

This North Shore attraction is ideal for sunbathing, watching the sunset, and observing surfers. It's also one of the venues for the Triple Crown of Surfing.

Sunset Beach Park

Laniakea Beach is the top place to observe Hawaiian sea turtles on the island. Maintain a distance of at least 10 feet, and ask the on-site volunteers if you have any questions!

Laniakea Beach

Shark's Cove is the most popular snorkeling spot on the North Shore during the summer months–when the water is calm. We suggest arriving early to secure a parking place!

Shark’s Cove

The Pipeline is the best beach on the North Shore to watch pro surfers catch barrel waves in the winter. Find free parking and picnic tables here, too.

Ehukai Beach Park (Banzai Pipeline)

Three Tables is another of the North Shore's top snorkeling and diving spots during the warmer months, especially May to September.

Three Tables Beach

We recommend Kuilima Cove as the top North Shore Beach for families. It's part of Turtle Bay Resort, but you don't have to be a guest to visit.

Kuilima Cove (Turtle Bay Beach)

Mokuleia is one of the best beaches for windsurfers and kitesurfers throughout the year. It was also a filming location for the TV show Lost.

Mokuleia Beach Park

These sister beaches are convenient for those planning to visit Haleiwa Town. Both are great for surfing, kayaking, fishing, and diving.

Haleiwa Alii Beach Park & Haleiwa Beach Park

Chun’s Reef is one of the best locations for surfing lessons on the North Shore. You'll find various levels of surfers at this famous beach.

Chun's Reef Beach