-by Toby Hill
Oahu’s North Shore is a quieter alternative to the hectic holiday excitement of Waikiki and Honolulu. It’s a land of big waves and beautiful nature, where visitors can stroll flower-strewn valleys dotted with old Polynesian homes and temples, and swim in waterfall-fed pools.
The cultural hub of this peaceful slice of Oahu is Haleiwa, an artsy surfing town located on Waialua Bay. Here, plantation-era buildings have been turned into boutique shops, art galleries and restaurants. Surfers head out to hit the waves of Waimea Beach, Sunset Beach and Ehukai, while landlubbers can explore the coastline and lush jungle interior on foot, horse and mountain bike. Most accommodation is in fairly simple bed and breakfasts, and there’s only one resort-style hotel. The town is a 50-minute, scenic drive from Honolulu and Oahu’s only airport.
The North Shore is a great place to surf: giant waves, a beautiful shoreline and much less crowded than the beaches of Waikiki. And if you’re looking for lessons, Uncle Bryan’s Sunset Suratt Academy comes highly recommended by just about everyone who’s visited. A wide range of gear is available for rent on the beach, and Uncle Bryan himself, with a lifetime of experience of surfing in Hawaii, is always happy to take a moment to chat about the North Shore surfer’s life.
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About Toby Hill: Toby Hill is a features writer for Hopper.com, a Boston-based travel startup dedicated to bringing the joy and inspiration back into travel planning. Visitors can find more articles from the Hopper editorial team at HopperBlog.com or on Hopper’s Facebook page.