The North Shore of Oahu encompasses the 17-mile north-facing coastal area between Ka’ena Point in the west and eastward to Kahuku Point. Famous for its surfing, snorkeling, and of course the fifty-one beaches that stretch for more than 11 miles along this incredible expanse of Oahu coastline.
The beaches are wonderful but very popular, especially when the surf is up! (Note: The North Shore beaches are extremely dangerous for novice swimmers and surfers in the winter when waves can reach as high as 50 feet (15 m). Drownings are common — obey the lifeguards!)
Waimea Bay, Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline) and Sunset Beach are great places to sunbathe and stroll along the shore —just leave surfing the huge waves to the pros because they can be very dangerous for inexperienced surfers . The months between November and February are the best times to see big wave surfing .
Can you swim at North Shore Hawaii ? Yes and no. The water is really tumultuous during the winter months (November through April), which is why it hosts so many North Shore surf competitions. However, the water calms down a lot during the summer and fall so you can take advantage of swimming and snorkeling.
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The north shore and Kailua are by far better places to stay to get a true feel of Oahu, but apart from Turtle Bay Resort on the north shore , that means you’ll be staying in a bnb or vacation rental. I’d probably pick Turtle Bay over any place in Waikiki .
Maui costs more for the nice hotels, so if you want to save money go to Oahu . Maui is my favorite of the two because it’s more laid back, but not boring either. If you go to Oahu , make sure to venture away from Waikiki beach to get the true Hawaiian experience. Both islands have a lot to offer.
RESTRICTED OR PROHIBITED ITEMS: Pineapple and bromeliad plants and fruits. Passion fruit plants and seeds. Cruciferous root vegetables (radish, turnip, daikon, horseradish, rutabaga) Corn on the cob. Citrus and pulpy fruits from Florida & Puerto Rico. Taro and dasheen. Coconuts.
What to Do in Oahu : 10 Tourist Mistakes to Avoid Never Leaving the Resort. Not Getting a Rental Car and Exploring the Island. Forgetting to Bring Cash. Having a Packed Schedule. Not Respecting Local Wildlife and Animals. Stepping On Coral. Taking Lava Rocks and Sand Home With You. Not Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone.
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From November to February, North Shore waves average heights of 16 feet, measured from the top to bottom of a wave’s “face”—the wave’s shore -facing side. For about 20 days during this peak season, waves swell to 36 to 50 feet in size. On occasion, our winter waves have topped 100 feet.
During winter, you can expect extremely high surf at many north and west shore beaches. Powerful Pacific storms to the north drive huge swells towards the islands, creating the big waves Hawaii is known for. Waves generated from these storms can create dangerous and unpredictable conditions.