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6 Oahu North Shore Attractions You Can’t Miss

Oahu’s North Shore is a picturesque coastal area filled with not only scenic sites but ancient temples, wildlife habitats and world-class beaches.  A total of 51 beaches line the 17 miles of North Shore, stretching from Kaena Point to Kahuku Point.  There are numerous sites to see in this coastal region.  However, if you’re pressed for time I picked six Oahu North Shore Attractions I think you shouldn’t  miss.

Oahu North Shore Attractions
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Top Oahu North Shore Attractions

1)  Haleiwa Town

You can’t visit the North Shore without stopping at Haleiwa Town.  The laid back atmosphere is irresistible.  Stroll through town visiting cool surf shops and boutiques, casual yet charming restaurants and appealing art galleries.

Oahu North Shore Attractions
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2)  Banzai Pipeline

Famous for its tubular waves, this beach has become a mecca for surfers.  The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is held here.  Stop by and watch the surfers perform.  Amateurs beware!  The surf here is powerful. 

Oahu North Shore Attractions
Horseback riding through Kuoloa Ranch is a true highlight of any North Shore experience.

 3)  Kualoa Ranch

Surround yourself in the natural beauty of Oahu by experiencing one of the outdoor packages available at the Kualoa Ranch.  I recommend the two-hour horseback tour as you get to ride deep into Kaaawa Valley where Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates and Lost were filmed. You’ll also see forests, WWII bunkers and fantastic views of the Kualoa Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Oahu North Shore Attractions
You can spend the entire day immersing yourself in the cultures of Polynesia at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

4)  Polynesian Cultural Center

As far as Oahu North Shore attractions go, this is one that combines education with fun! Learn firsthand from the native peoples of each island with interactive demonstrations that teach you the games, fun, and friendship of Polynesia. You can spend the day at the cultural center engaging with each culture represented.  Luaus and the night show HA! Breath of Life are performed at the end of each day.  During your visit, don’t miss the Rainbows of Parade canoe pageant.  It’s a signature performance of the center.

Oahu North Shore Attractions
Waimea Bay is the perfect play to relax on Oahu’s North Shore.

5)  Waimea Bay and Waimea Valley

You can take in both of these scenic spots easily.  Waimea Bay is a scenic beach with crystal blue waters and wide stretches of beach. It attracts a lot of surfers during the winter season but during the summer season it is calm enough for swimming.  Nearby Waimea Valley consists of 1,875 acres and has been a sacred place for more than 700 years of Native Hawaiian history.  Explore botanical gardens, ancient Hawaii archaeological sites, a waterfall, and cultural activities. 
Oahu North Shore Attractions
Photo by MECU, Wikimedia

6)  Dole Plantation

To taste the sweetest and most delicious pineapple you’ve ever had, you have to go to the Dole Plantation.  You can see how pineapples grow and try some mouthwatering pineapple whip.

Explore More of Oahu North Shore Attractions

As you can see, these Oahu’s North Shore is teeming with things to do. Be sure to explore the best places for snorkeling on Oahu’s North Shore as well as all of the exotic beaches this island locale has to offer. As always, check out Reserve Hawaii for all your vacation needs including tips on where to stay, what to do and how to make the most of your vacation.


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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