Situated on the North Shore of Oahu is one of Hawaiiâ€™s most popular surfing and water sports destinations – Haleiwa. This renowned surfing hotspot is a 45 minute drive from Honolulu where you can find the raddest waves and biggest breaks on the island. The seven-mile stretch from Haleiwa to Sunset beach – also coined the â€œSeven Mile Miracleâ€ – features world-class surfing spots like Waimea Bay, Pipeline, and Rocky Point. With more than twenty North Shore surfing locations around Haleiwa to visit, youâ€™ll have an ideal place to surf whether youâ€™re a beginner or an expert surfer.
The long stretch of Puaâ€™ena Point is known for its gentle rolling waves ideal for beginners to surfing. Family-friendly Kawela Bay is another option if you prefer small waves, and want some seclusion – itâ€™s one of the most protected surfing areas in Haleiwa. Turtle Bay and Chuns are top choices for intermediate surfing. Many Haleiwa surfing sports are for surfers with years of experience riding the waves – surfing on places like Pipeline, Waiâ€™mea, and Sunset Beach can be great places to watch the experts tackle the waves.
You can also opt to explore calmer waters with paddleboard and kayak tours and rentals. Discover Oahu’s beautiful scenery and fascinating wildlife in quiet ocean coves or the calmer waters of the Anahulu River. The Haleiwa sunset in itself is a famous attraction in the town – a kayak or a paddleboarding tour is one of the best ways to witness it. Haleiwa is best enjoyed on the water – whether itâ€™s conquering the big waves, or getting up close to the communityâ€™s rich wildlife and scenic spots through kayaking and paddleboarding. Haleiwa’s proximity to Honolulu and Waikiki make it a great day trip option.
When you’re ready to take a break from the waves and head for land, take a North Shore hike to Kaunala or the Kaimmiland trails to take in views of the entire North Shore.
The best time of year for Haleiwa surfing is from mid-April to early June, and September to mid-December.
TripOutside features the best local shops in Haleiwa for surfing lessons, gear rental and other outdoor adventures like paddleboarding and kayaking.