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Watch the surfers at Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach is one of the favorite surfer spots on the North Shore. During the winter months, waves as high as 35 feet can occur. Of course, when it gets that high, most surfers won't go out but then big wave surfers from around the world converge on the North Shore. One of the most famous big wave surfers was Eddie Aikau, a fearless local who won several contests here in the 1970's and the "Eddie" that is referred to on the "Eddie Would Go" bumperstickers you're likely to see on pickup trucks parked at Sunset Beach (see my Local Customs Tip for more info on Eddie).
Sunset Beach has great sand and a deep slope that forms almost a stadium bowl -- ideal for watching the big wave riders. In the summer, amazingly, the ocean can be as smooth as glass. On those days, Sunset Beach is for the swimmers and snorklers.
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Go to Waimea Bay
One of the best beaches on Oahu is at Waimea Bay on the North Shore. It is surrounded by hills and full of deep, golden sand. In the summer, it's also a great place to swim, but -- beware -- in the winter the surf can be mighty rough. In fact, this is a great place to watch the monster waves of winter roll in. In fact, the surf here is often high enough for those premier big wave surfing events -- the Quicksilver or the Eddie.
Oahu's most famous stretch of shoreline, has to be the North shore. Known for its gigantic waves, that pound its beaches during the winter months, the North Shore of Oahu is a must see for any one visiting the islands.
Driving along Kamehameha Highway, starting from Haleiwa town, you will first come across Haleiwa Beach. This beach is the first beach in the "Triple Crown Surf Comp". The Worlds biggest surfing competition, where surfers surf three of the North Shores beaches.
Next down the coast is Waimea Bay. Home of the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. A big wave surfing contest, where the best in the world, take on waves 20ft or higher, in memory of the great surfing legend Eddie Aikau.
Next up is Pipeline. One of the worlds most Dangerous breaks, because of the reef just inches below the waters surface, that awaits the surfers above. Many Surfers have lost their lifes on this beach, and this is another stop on the Triple Crown Surf Comp.
Last but not least of the North Shore Beaches, is Sunset. The 3rd stop on the Triple Crown Tour. A beautiful beach, known for its deep and long breaks.
Remember that these beaches, only peak during winter months. Come summer, its flat and calm, and make for great swimming.
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Out of the big wave beaches, along the north shore of Oahu, Sunset beach has to be a favorite to visitors for its wide open spaces. With a beach stretching nearly 2 miles long, it is the biggest beach on the North shore.
Because of its wide open spaces, during sunset you can get great shots from the beach. Its curvey shoreline plays tricks with the light from the setting sun, throwing in beautiful shadows that seem to add a whole different dimension to the landscape.
Sunset beach is also known for its big surf, in the deep water, far off its shore. Because the waves break so deep and far out, surfers can get some of the longest rides, which the beach is famous for. Sunset beach is one of the three stops on the Triple Crown Tour. The worlds biggest surfing competition.
A great beach to see some of the worlds most awesome waves during the winter, and during the summer, its calm waters make for great swimming. Make sure you keep an eye out for sgns warning about rip tides.
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Northshore Market Place
This little marketplace has little shops selling a wide variety of goodies. There is a Quicksilver here, a coffee cafe that occasionally have free internet--yeah! When I went, they have free internet that week...so I just sat there and use it for half an hour!
There's also a store that sell custom made swim suit.
Bus 52 will get you there. These buses come about every half an hour, so you can hang around this marketplace for about an hour...there are some nice little restaurants here as well, and then hop on the next bus to save you a walk to Haleiwa Alii Beach Park.
But instead of hopping onto the bus, I decided to walk to the beach, and was rewarded by the nice little shops along the way. And don't forget to try shave ice at any one of those roadside stores, cuz they are known to be the BEST!
This is a quiet little place to rest away from the crowds in Waikiki.
North Shore Surfing.
The North Shore of Oahu is where all the biggest waves are and where all the world class surfing action take place from Waimea onwards.
It is the home of the famous Banzai Pipeline at Ehukai Beach Park, one of the biggest wave in the world.
Also don't bypass the small town of Haleiwa
Big Waves....or so they tell me
We went up to the North Shore in January 2005 to see the big waves that are so famous to these shores. Unfortunately, the day we went the waves were only about 10 foot but very choppy and the beach was closed off with yellow tape and signs.
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North Shore - Sharks Cove
Wow - this is the ultimate in protected & safe snorkel spots. It's like being in a natural aquariu-like setting with an abundance of sea life.
In an effort to keep this place under wraps and minimize the riff-raff, I am going to say that it is known for sharks! (who knows, that may be true!)
If you snorkel, are a beginner, or afraid of the ocean but want to see fish - this is well worth a stop!
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North Shore - my favorite place
U guys, If you go to Oahu, the absolute must see is the North Shore. I dare say that that is the nicest part of the island where all the surfers come. There is pleanty to see and do ie surfing, art galleries, fresh shimp, nice stores, shaved ice etc. this area is populated but not as much as Honolulu so there is "air" for everyone... my favorite side of the island!
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Jumping off the cliffs at Waimea Bay is a MUST. If you aren't sure where to jump, just wait for some other people and then jump where they do. Most people jump to the right side (toward the northeast).
Pupukea Beach Park
At Pupukea, there is a state park where the surf in the winter is gorgeous. In the summer, one can snorkel in this old quarry. It is a great place for a picnic since there is a grassy area, restroom facilities, parking. Across the street is a Foodland where one can pick up all kinds of picnic supplies. Locals also call this place Shark's Cove for no particular reason.
Waimea Bay, North Shore
Ah, the North Shore. Enjoy a quick trip to Haleiwa to pick up some food at Cholo's and a shaved ice and head to Waimea Bay. The waves are always cranking in the winter and someone is always whiping out/losing a swimsuit/eating sand. The waves can get so big here that people are sometimes restricted to hanging out behind the lifeguard stand. If you look at the picture of where we were on the beach - you can see how huge those waves get and we're still 40 feet from the water! Check the surf report here: http://www.surf-news.com/ and also read the warnings section I have posted.
Aoki's - Best Shaved Ice on Oahu
Going to Hawaii and not having shave ice is like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower. The North Shore is famous for their shave ice - Matsumoto's General Store especially. It's a stop off on the Island Tours, so the line if often very long. If this happens to you - look west and walk a block down to Aoki's. I tried both places (many times) and I agree with the locals - Aoki's is better. If you're daring, try the Li Hing Mui with a grape/ orange combo. It's divine. I bought some Li Hing Mui spice at Aoki's so I could try to make my favorite shave ice flavor here in MN. I might just use snow. Blue is traditionally pineapple. The Rainbow and Volcano are good to start off with - then try to make your own combo. Order a catcher for an extra .25 (total shouldn't be more than $2, so don't pay $4 in Waikiki!) unless you want to wear your cone.
Try the Azuki beans in the bottom of your cone, if you like refried beans. They're sweeter, but the same texture. I like them, but then again - I love poi.
The amazing North Shore of Oahu
The North Shore of Oahu is characterized by gorgeous white sand beaches, enormous waves in the winter and excellent swimming and bodyboarding in the summer. Most tourists stay in the Waikiki and Honolulu areas of Oahu, but you really must get out of the city and up to the North Shore. There, it is much more peaceful, natural and beautiful.
The North Shore of Hawaii has long been famous for its surf. You've probably heard references to Waimea in the Beach Boys song "Surfin' USA". If you're from a community where lots of people surf (like I am), then the North Shore is absolutely legendary. It's the place all surfers dream of going. Why? Well, in the Winter months when surf is high, waves may reach heights of up to twenty-five feet plus. Sometimes you'll even see fifty foot waves. It is an awesome sight.
Of course, these giant waves mean that the water is too rough for swimming in the winter. At this time the beaches will have warning signs posted and will even prohibit you from entering the water at places. This motto is often repeated: "If In Doubt, Just Stay Out!" That's okay... the real fun here is standing on the shore, watching the surfers take on the huge waves.
The most popular beaches along the North Shore include Sunset Beach, Ehukai (The Banzai Pipeline) Beach, KeWa`ena Beach, Waimea Bay Beach Park and Ali`i Beach Park.
Be sure to visit the North Shore while you're on Oahu and witness its spectacular natural beauty!
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Budget in Oahu
Hawaii usually seems to be expensive, and in fact it's. but is not all that bad, in Oahu's North Shore it's quite ok to stay, there's a few hostels (i went in 99, there were only 2 if am i right...) and there's a good market, and you dont need much to go from Haleiwa to Sunset Beach, bike is the best way to hang out from these 2 points, local bus is also interesting, though... if you really wanna have a hawaian experiece, go to big island or maui, oahu is quite too much, but still has beautiful beaches and hikes !!!
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