December 27, 2017

North Shore Beaches: map + list :: Best beaches on the North Shore :: oahu hawaii

Best beaches on the North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

If you’re staying near Waikiki Beach, a trip to the North Shore can make a single-day car rental worth it. On the North Shore, you will find lots of worthy stops to find a full day of activities in the area, and that includes beaches!

North Shore beaches are known as the place to go on Oahu for high surf during surfing season, which generally speaking, is during the winter months.

There are so many beaches in Oahu to choose from, and the North Shore is among the top areas of Oahu that give you lots of choices.

Okay, so maybe the whole island gives you lots of choices. 😉

But even on the North Shore alone, there are lots of beaches to choose from.

So here is a narrowed down list of North Shore beaches to give a look at!

This is the quick list of some of the best beaches on the North Shore of Oahu to consider visiting:

  • Waimea Bay
  • Sunset Beach
  • Laniakea Beach (aka Turtle Beach)
  • Shark’s Cove

Map of North Shore Beaches

It’s an interactive map of Oahu beaches on Google Maps, so go ahead and click to explore! If you’re coming from Pinterest mobile, it might not work as well in the app. So first open up this page in your web browser, then click to explore!

Map of North Shore beaches, Oahu, Hawaii

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Waimea Bay

Best North Shore Beaches: Waimea Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

Waimea Bay during the winter can be a far different scene than Waimea Bay during the summer! Waimea Bay is one of those North Shore beaches that you can see massive waves during surfing season. When the waves are in the calmer months, it makes for a good beach for wading in the water. You still want to be careful though, because the shoreline can drop off quite drastically when you’re in the water.

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Sunset Beach

Best North Shore beaches: Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

Sunset Beach is another beach on the North Shore that’s known for surfing in Hawaii when it’s winter. In the summer, the wide stretch of sand can make for a nice area to hang out away from the Waikiki crowds.

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Turtle Beach | Laniakea Beach

Best North Shore Beaches: Turtle Beach or Laniakea Beach to see turtles in Oahu, Hawaii

You’ll definitely want to add Laniakea Beach to your list of beaches to visit on the North Shore if seeing turtles is on your bucket list of things to do on Oahu. Laniakea Beach is also called Turtle Beach, and it is one of the most reliable beaches for turtle sightings on Oahu. So if you’re looking for where to see turtles on Oahu, try this beach! This doesn’t mean that a turtle sighting is guaranteed when you go, as there are plenty of people who have gone to Laniakea Beach and not see a turtle, only to leave disappointed.

At this North Shore beach, there are 3-4 of the same turtles who regularly come to the beach, and the evening before the sun goes down is a good time to catch at least one of them basking in the sun. There are volunteers here who make sure that everyone keeps their distance from the turtles to keep the turtles safe and well for years to come!

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Shark’s Cove

Best North Shore Beaches: Shark's Cove snorkeling, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

Because Sharks Cove is an enclosed lagoon, it’s usually possible to safely snorkel here, especially in the summer months since it’s guarded from the waves. This makes Sharks Cove one of the top snorkeling beaches on the North Shore. Although, it doesn’t mean that it’s completely protected, so be sure to use your good wisdom.

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