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.
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.
Although Haleiwaâ€™s mighty waves are the main attraction, the calmer waters of Anahulu river will allow you to enjoy paddleboarding and kayaking adventures. Starting from the Haleiwa boat dock, you can paddle the 7.1-mile stretch of Anahulu River passing through various bridges and waterways. Along the way, youâ€™ll get to see wildlife up close with surprise appearances from green turtles, fish and island birds. TripOutside features activity providers and outfitters that offer solo and group lessons, tours and rentals for kayaking, paddleboarding (SUP), surfing and more. Check out unique SUP adventures like SUP yoga or night paddling! Other water activities to try include snorkeling and freestyle diving.
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.
Looking for SUP and kayaking adventures? TripOutside features the best local shops in Haleiwa for kayaking and SUP gear rental and outdoor adventures.