Best Snorkeling in Oahu
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The Best Snorkeling in Oahu: Your North Shore Guide

Stretching from Kaena Point to Kahuku Point, the North Shore of Oahu is 17 miles of pristine beachfront access.  Popular for surfers, sunbathers and swimmers, the beaches of the North Shore are some of the best of the island.  You can also find spectacular snorkeling in Oahu on the North Shore. Find out where you should spend the day exploring life under the sea with our North Shore guide.

Snorkeling in Oahu

The Best Snorkeling Beaches on Oahu’s North Shore include:

Shark’s Cove

Snorkeling in Oahu
Shark’s Cove Beach

Pupukea, Oahu
Part of Pupukea Beach Park, Shark’s Cove is a lava-rock beach with unique underwater rock formations and diverse marine life. Tropical colorful fish and sea turtles are the cove’s constant inhabitants. Harmless white-tipped reef sharks may also be spotted just outside the cove.

Malaekahana Beach

Kahuku, Oahu
Malaekahana Beach is popular for snorkeling in Oahu as the Waters here are calm and shallow, creating a great environment for snorkeling.  Green sea turtles are often seen along this coastline and Goat Island, just offshore, is a protected seabird sanctuary.

Turtle Bay

Snorkeling in Oahu
Turtle Bay

Kahuku, Oahu
The bay is named after the large number of green sea turtles that inhabit the area.  There is a reef in the nearshore waters and the area also has numerous rock formations.  This beach also has quite a few humuhumunukunukuapuaa, the famous former Hawaii state fish.

Waimea Bay

Pupukea, Oahu
A popular surfing spot, Waimea Bay also has crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling – during the summer months at least.  Rock formations on either side of the bay are havens for marine life.  Even dolphins can be spotted here.

Mokuleia Beach Park

Snorkeling in Oahu
Waimea Bay

Waialua, Oahu
This is a great place for the beginning snorkel up to the intermediate level. Shallow waters and a long flat reef provide unlimited snorkeling and the sandy beach is a relaxing place to soak up some sun. Grab your snorkel equipment and get ready for the time of your life!

Make Time for Snorkeling in Oahu

Snorkeling in Oahu is a must-do vacation activity. Grab some a mask and finds, and get ready to dive into the underwater world of the North Shore.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Hawaii to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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