Explore these North Shore Beaches in Oahu

These North Shore beaches will inspire you to just have a complete beach day in the area to swim, snorkel, surf or do some adventure fun. Or better yet just sit on the beach and enjoy the beautiful beach area and gorgeous ocean views surrounding you. It’s easy enough to just do a day trip along the North Shore and pick up some favorite spots you read about, but why not stretch it out and really live a slower and easier pace and enjoy the place, fun attractions and activities to keep you busy in the area.

Explore these North Shore Beaches in Oahu

So, what’s the difference in the North Shore summer time versus winter time?

Well summer time is really fun when you want to be in the water and the beach areas and ocean are relatively calm and quiet compared to the winter months when the winds, swells and wave action is quite the opposite. The entire area of the North Shore comes alive with giant waves and crazy surf action that is pretty much relegated to expert surfers. Which is fine if you crave that adrenaline rush and want to watch all this daredevil action especially when they have all the big surfing events come into town for some big wave action.

So, what’s the difference in the North Shore summer time versus winter time?
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Check out these fantastic beaches and snorkel areas of the North Shore to explore

Waimea Bay

Waimea Bay

One of the most popular spots for beach, bay, adventure and fantastic beach facilities, lifeguards and even food trucks in the area so you don’t have to go far for cheap eats at the beach. The star attraction at Waimea Bay is the Rock on the far-left hand side of the beach that every local kid wants to climb and jump off into the ocean from different heights. Even the rock has some cool tunnels and caves carved out and fun to explore within safe distance from the jumping crowds.

Sharks Cove

Sharks Cove

A family friendly beach area with a protected area of tidepools that is safe during the summer months to go out and snorkel and watch all the beautiful tropical fish, coral and marine life within the tidepools.

Laniakea Beach aka Turtle Beach

Laniakea Beach aka Turtle Beach

You’ll really find turtles lounging at Laniakea Beach which is well known as Turtle Beach to locals. The area is very rocky making it a perfect spot for turtles to enjoy and stay away from crowds flocking to the sandy beaches. Turtle beach is also a fantastic spot to hang out and watch the daily sunset experiences that are always impressive to do in the area. Since the green sea turtles are a protected species in Hawaii, you should maintain a distance of about 10 feet from them at all times because they are not adjusted to human viruses and germs.

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

Another wonderful white sand beach to enjoy on the North Shore with gorgeous coastline views of the. During the summer time the beach scene and ocean is relatively calm and safe to swim in and snorkeling is also a fun thing to do on the beach. But in the winter time, this area has all the big waves that people visit to see the massive surf and surfers on the beach and swimming needless to say is extremely dangerous to do during the winter months. As the name of the beach states, Sunset beach is a perfect place to visit and hang out for some fabulous sunsets in the area.

Kuilima Cove

Kuilima Cove

Located next to the Turtle Bay resort, Kuilima Cove is a beautiful white sand beach that is fun to swim and snorkel and protected from the big surf that occurs in the area during the winter season but perfect for spring to summer visits. There are some public access areas to get to Kuilima cove and you do not have to be a guest at the Turtle Bay resort to visit the beach area.

Haleiwa beach
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Haleiwa beach

A fantastic beach park close to Haleiwa town and it is a perfect place for easy swims and even learning to surf in the area. There are picnic tables, park area and restroom facilities that you can use and enjoy a day at the beach at Haleiwa, there’s even sporting activities like kayaking and paddling you can do on the river close to the Haleiwa bridge that is calm and easy to have some watersport

Check out these other posts on visiting Haleiwa and the Northshore area

Check out these other posts on visiting the Northshore area

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Waimea Falls experience

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Family friendly beaches in Oahu

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