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!
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!
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)
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
Read more about the best beaches on Oahu's North Shore here!