In this article, we’re going to take an in-depth look at some things you can do when visiting North Shore Oahu. The North Shore has lots to offer for people of all types – for those looking to adventure or to relax, this is the place to be. Let’s get into the 10 best things to do in North Shore Oahu!
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North Shore Oahu: 10 Best Things to Do
Costing from $149-250, skydiving in North Shore Oahu is one of the most exhilarating activities you can do. Accompanied by experts, tandem skydiving is the safest way to first experience skydiving.
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2. Hike the ‘Ehukai Pillboxes
The Ehukai Pillbox is located right next to Sunset Beach and is a short yet sweet 1-2 hour hike that features the most breathtaking views of the North Shore. The North Shore is one of my favorite sides of the island – and you will definitely feel the same way after hiking up to the Ehukai Pillbox! During sunset, the whole view lights up with color and is something you absolutely cannot miss when visiting the North Shore.
Our Choice: Haleiwa Bowls
The North Shore is home to some of the best acai bowls on the island, so any of the following places are good picks, but we also listed our favorite choice for acai bowls.
4. Eat at popular spots
Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck: Giovanni’s has two locations – one in historic Kahuku town, and one at Haleiwa. It is one of the most famous shrimp trucks on the island and is too delicious to pass up.
Matsumoto Shave Ice: Established on February 13, 1951, Matsumoto Shave Ice is one of the most popular places on the island to get shave ice. Located in the heart of Haleiwa town, it is the perfect treat on a sunny day.
Seven Brother’s Burgers: A very trendy and awesome place to grab burgers. The overall vibe of this place is perfect – and somewhere you cannot miss out on grabbing a bite at. They have two locations – one in Laie, and one in Kahuku titled “At the Mill”.
Sunrise Shack: Located next to Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu, the Sunrise Shack is an awesome place to grab a coffee and they also serve delicious Papaya Bowls.
Haleiwa Bowls: Delicious Acai Bowls. Located right next to Haleiwa Beach Park.
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Keep in mind:
- The parking lot get’s full very quickly
- We don’t recommend swimming here during winter months
Waimea Bay is one of the most lively beaches on the island. There are always people playing football or soccer and having a good time. If you’re trying to jump off the famous Waimea bay rock, which is also to referred to as Devil’s rock, we recommend going during summer months. The rock is 7 meters in height (or 23 ft.). During winter months, the waves reach up to 30-40 feet high, which is a good time to sit back and relax and watch the professionals surf. Don’t expect to swim during these months. At Waimea Bay, there is a wall that people can climb year round which is 8 meters tall (or 26 ft.) The only downside to Waimea Bay is the small parking lot. Click here for our in-depth article on Waimea Bay where we go over 5 awesome things to do there to make your visit to Waimea unforgettable.
6. Visit coconut forest
This place is absolutely magical during sunset. When the sun gets lower, the sun glows behind the coconut trees and leaves everything glowing. This place is probably one of the most magical places on the island. Due to the fact that it gets quite hot here, we recommend bringing lots of water. This is a spot you won’t regret visiting.
WARNING: Entering this place is considered trespassing. We are not disclosing the location of this place for that reason
7. Snorkel at Sharks Cove
Keep in mind: The parking lot is on the smaller side – make sure to come earlier in the day
Snorkeling at Sharks Cove is one to remember. It is safest to go during summer months because the current get’s stronger during winter months. The parking lot is on the smaller side, so we recommend coming earlier in the day (8:00 AM – 10:00 AM) to ensure a spot. A good alternative to Sharks cove if the current is too strong or the parking lot is full is Kuilima Cove, which is located at Turtle Bay Resort.
8. Visit the Du Pont Sunflower Field
Hours: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM anytime before or after is considered trespassing.
There’s something special about sunflower fields that you cannot miss. I can guarantee that once you arrive, your whole mood for the rest of the day will be filled with happiness. Located on North Shore Oahu – Entrance is free to the beautiful sunflower fields, while the only thing that will cost money is parking – which is only $5. There are only certain allotted times for visiting, so make sure to check out the website we provided below to see if they’re open.
9. Swim with Sharks
Throwing yourself into the sea with some of the most frightening creatures seems crazy at first – until you do it. But once you realize get underwater – you get to realize how graceful and beautiful sharks really are. The adrenaline rush you get from being surrounded by these guys is one of the best feelings in the world. If it’s something you’ve been thinking of doing, there’s no better time than now, and the North Shore is the perfect place to do it.
10. Take a Helicopter Ride
Feeling the wind flow through your hair as you travel over the beautiful views – Taking a helicopter ride on the North Shore is something you just cannot miss. Costing roughly $179 per person – it’s a small price to pay for the experience of a lifetime. We love to promote gaining new experiences and getting uncomfortable – so being able to see the North Shore in a whole new perspective is something we cannot recommend enough.
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Looking for more to do on Oahu? Check out our other articles:
- 45 Best Things to do on Oahu
- Best Hotels on the North Shore of Oahu
- 5 Best North Shore Oahu Beaches
- 15 Best Hikes on Oahu
- Oahu: Travel Guide
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