The seven miles from Hale’iwa north to Sunset Beach contains beaches which are a miracle of astounding beauty! During the winter months you will see waves that are among the most powerful, breath-taking, and dangerous in the world and during the summer months, when the huge surf is gone, the water is peaceful, serene, and excellent for snorkeling. Most all of the beaches on the North Shore are easily accessible from Kamehameha Hwy. The eight listed below all have their own special features that you might like to know more about.
Haleiwa Beach Park ..”Ali’i’s” (ah lee ee)….. a famous surfing beach named after the Ali’i or chiefs of Hawai’i, this is also a popular family beach. It offers long rolling waves on the inside of the break that are safe for beginners and children, while the outside break is known for high performance surfing and is the first stop on the Van’s Triple Crown of surfing held in the middle of November!
Laniakea..(lah knee ah kay ah)… A popular beach for getting an up close view of the endangered Hawaiian sea turtles, snorkeling here is good during the summer months. Do remember to respect the law protecting the turtles and do not touch! Also, parking here is across the street so be careful crossing the highway.
Chuns…Just north of Laniakea, this popular longboard spot was named after a local resident. While not a great snorkeling area, it is a beautiful beach and is excellent for beginning surfers!
Waimea Bay..One of the jewels in the Seven Mile Miracle, this magnificent white sand beach, stretching from one side to the other, is almost like a scene from the Mediterranean! During the summer, this beach is fantastic for its snorkeling, with some of the most translucent water you have ever seen! During the winter this bay is renowned for huge, powerful waves that will leave you awestruck!
Three Tables Beach… Just north of Waimea, this great family beach has a sandy bottom along the shore making it safe for swimming. Three large reef tables sit above the surface of the water just off the beach and block much of the incoming swell. This is also a protected marine life sanctuary and a great snorkeling area!
Sharks Cove… A Marine Life Conservation District and a premier snorkel and scuba diving spot, this spot is located just across from Foodland store and is a living aquarium! Just remember, these fish and their environment are a protected area. Don’t let the name fool you because sharks are rarely seen here.
Ehukai Beach Park ..”Pipeline”… Pronounced ay-hoo-kai which means sea spray, this famous surfing beach is situated right across the street from Sunset Beach Elementary School. Known for its big winter surf, the Billabong Pipeline Masters surf contest is held here in December and is the final stop on the World Professional Surfing Tour, one of the most prestigious events in competitive surfing with a history dating back to the 1960’s!
Sunset Beach… One mile north of Ehukai, this beach lives up to its name as one of the best spots on the island to pull off the highway, sink your toes in the sand, and appreciate the beauty of a tropical sunset! It is also the second stop in the Triple Crown of surfing held near the end of November.
The Seek Spot by Be Our Guest Directory has a map of the North Shore which shows the locations of all the beaches listed. We are sure you will enjoy any and all of these beaches and even the drive along this scenic stretch of Oahu is unforgettable!