North Shore Oahu is a feast for the senses
If your visit to Oahu has been limited to Waikiki, you will want to know that only half an hour north of Waikiki‑yet a world apart‑is the famous North Shore Oahu. Renowned for its famous surfing beaches, the North Shore of Oahu is also home to some of the finest tropical scenery found anywhere in the state. In the winter months the hottest surf spots of Waimea Bay, Pipeline and Sunset Beach are famous for wave swells reaching more than 30 feet. This is the season when professional surfers and their fans are drawn to Hale’iwa Town for both formal competition and head-to-head contests and, of course, the sheer joy of surfing. Calm crystal-clear water and white sandy beaches are found during the rest of the year and beautiful romantic sunsets occur year round.
Hale’iwa is an artist dream
Constantly striving to maintain its unique old world charm yet embrace contemporary changes, the North Shore of Oahu is a diverse community to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The town of Hale’iwa has become known as a distinct art enclave attracting craftsmen and artists from around the world. Galleries and shops flourish, offering artisan-crafted wood works, hand-blown glass, paintings and pottery. Part of the appeal of the town to visitors is being able to meet the artists and watch them create their treasures.
Moving on from beaches and villages to the lush green valley of Waimea is a natural transition for a trip to the North Shore Oahu. Old Hawaii comes alive as you stroll the paths of the Waimea Valley Botanical Gardens and are awed by the lush vegetation, some of which is cultivated from rare native plants. Created to preserve and perpetuate Hawaii’s past, Waimea Valley was for centuries ruled by a long line of Hawaiian kings, chiefs and high priests and is deeply rooted in Hawaiian history and traditions. It’s about as far away from the flurry of Waikiki as you can get. Admission is only $15 and will allow you to wander the paved path through the world-class gardens to a magnificent, world-famous waterfall. Along the way you’ll find not only beautiful flora but historical sites as well.
Visiting North Shore Oahu is one Hawaii activity you’ll always remember. We recommend joining a professional tour so you can get the most of your time away from Waikiki. Certified tour companies operate the Hawaii tours we offer with expert guides and state-of-the-art vehicles.