Things to do in North Shore, Oahu

Our most recommended things to do in North Shore, Oahu

Oahu: Shark Cage Dive on the North Shore

1. Oahu: Shark Cage Dive on the North Shore

Swim with the sharks during this tour that offers you the unique adventure of a shark dive, while ensuring your safety at all times. Discover the wonders of the sea on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii alongside a certified guide. Bring your own masks and snorkels or use the ones provided on board. Your guide will give you a safety briefing at the start of the tour and will answer all your questions concerning this special adventure. See up to 200 feet (60 meters) in the crystal-clear, cobalt blue water. Depending on the season, you will encounter such magnificent animals as the Hawaiian Green Sea turtles, playful dolphins, and Humpback whales. Admire the sharks from the ship's deck, or experience the rush of entering the shark cage which allows you to be only inches away from sharks that can grow up to 15 feet (5 meters) in length. Capture pictures with your underwater camera of their grace and majesty in the water. Have 20 minutes to marvel at the sharks and cherish this unforgettable moment. Up to 8 people can be in the cage at the same time, so you can experience the sharks with someone you love.

From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

2. From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

Hop aboard a helicopter and admire Oahu’s landmarks on a guided flight tour from Honolulu. See the Waikiki skyline from above, fly past Diamond Head, and round the volcanic cliffs to Makapu’u Lighthouse. Choose a private or shared tour, with your choice of an on-or-off door experience. Make your way to the local partner’s helipad to begin your experience. Ascend above the city and follow the Windward Coast, with breathtaking views of the Ko’olau Mountains in the distance. Listen to your guide's live tour commentary. Pass Lanikai Beach and see its gorgeous coral formations. Cruise over Kaneohe Bay and discover why this place is regarded as one of the most scenic locations on Earth. Glide past the “Chinaman’s Hat” off the east coast of Oahu. See the Ka’a’awa Valley—the historic home of the island’s kings. Plus, take in views of the lush rainforest surrounding the Sacred Falls. Continue onto the North Shore to spot surfers at the Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay. Loop back to Honolulu and get a glimpse of the pineapple-tastic Dole Plantation. Finally, pass over the iconic Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, before returning to the helipad.

Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

3. Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

Spend the day exploring Oahu’s most scenic sights, unique culture, and rich history. Travel from Diamond Head Crater along the southern coast to the famous surfing beaches of the North Shore. Get a complete overview of all the scenic points from your tour driver. Some of the featured sites include (an asterisk denotes a stop): • Diamond Head: A volcanic tuff cone considered one of Hawaii’s most recognized landmarks • Kahala Estates: A mansion-lined spot known as Hawaii’s Gold Coast • Hālona Blowhole Lookout*: A lookout featuring a volcanic lava tube that propels water up to the sky • Waimānalo Town: A town known for its local flavor and numerous plant nurseries • Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout*: A lookout that offers panoramic views of the coastline to the sheer mountains veiled by the clouds • Byodo-In Temple*: A temple that commemorates the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii • Chinaman’s Hat: The basalt islet in Kaneohe Bay that’s shaped curiously like a hat. According to Hawaiian mythology, the island is formed from the remains of a giant lizard or dragon’s tail tossed into the ocean • Kualoa Ranch*: A private nature reserve owned by eighth-generation descendants of Dr. Gerritt P. Judd. On 4,000 acres, it is one of the most sacred places on the island with a goal to protect and enhance the natural beauty of the land • Laie Hawaii Temple: A temple featuring lush tropical gardens of Hawaiian foliage and flowers, cascading water features, and more • North Shore: A surfing mecca that attracts surfers from around the world for the massive winter waves and the seven miles of picturesque beaches • Dole Plantation*: A pineapple plantation offering many pineapple varieties and an opportunity to try the dole whip

Oahu: North Shore Marine Life Tour from Haleiwa

4. Oahu: North Shore Marine Life Tour from Haleiwa

Experienced crew will guide you to the most fabulous spots along the panoramic Ka’ena coastline, famous for North Shore’s world-renowned surf breaks, where you’ll also have the chance to see dolphins, whales, sharks, rays, sea turtles, and more. If you are here during Hawaii’s winter months, you may even see the mighty humpback whales on their annual migration. Boats are fast and agile, allowing you to probe some of the more remote spots. And with just 18 seats onboard, you get an intimate experience with the knowledgeable crew and captain.

Oahu: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Day Trip by Bus

5. Oahu: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Day Trip by Bus

Uncover Oahu’s majestic grandeur on a full-day day trip. Ride in a spacious and air-conditioned bus and be captivated by the unique beauty and the dramatic history that is found behind every corner. Take an unforgettable journey through the history of the island. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation. History comes alive before your eyes as you weave your way up the Koʻolau Mountains to the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout where King Kamehameha I battled to unite the Hawaiian Islands.  Shortly after, gaze at the beautiful Byodo-In Temple, a replica of the Byodo-in Temple in Japan, built to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii.  Cruise along 7 miles of world-famous surfing beaches on Oahu’s north shore and sample the local flavors along the way. Waimea Valley and its waterfalls await you, discover this beautiful place steeped with history, spirituality and island traditions.  Follow your guide through the botanical gardens of this vast and tranquil setting. Learn how deeply embedded tradition is in today’s Hawaiian culture. Stop at the historic Dole Plantation surrounded by rows of pineapples and fields of sugarcane. Hear about how this plant became a symbol of Hawaii before returning to your accommodation. 

Oahu: Diamond Head Crater Hike and North Shore Experience

6. Oahu: Diamond Head Crater Hike and North Shore Experience

Start your morning by hiking up Diamond Head Crater. Reach the lookout point and enjoy beautiful views of Waikiki and Honolulu. Stop at Halona Blowhole on the east side of Oahu to begin your sightseeing adventure. Head around the east side and make your way through to the north shore of Oahu. Visit the Tropical Farms Macadamia Nuts and have the chance to sample a variety of locally grown macadamia nuts. Experience The Kahuku Sugar Mill which contains many fantastic food trucks. Have the chance to purchase the popular and tasty garlic shrimp plates. Spend some time on the North shore and snap some great pictures at Haleiwa Beach Park. Finally, visit the Dole Plantation and check out their vibrant pineapple garden. Try some of the plantation's famous Dole Whip, and have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs.

Oahu: Oahu Ultimate Grand Circle Island Tour

7. Oahu: Oahu Ultimate Grand Circle Island Tour

Discover the best of the island Oahu on a guided day tour from Honolulu. Enjoy beautiful scenery and views from locations such as the Diamond Head State Monument, the Kahala Scenic Route, Makapu'u Point, and Turtle Beach. Learn about Hawaii's history and see waterfalls, cliffs, and rainforests.  After meeting in central Honolulu, depart to your first stop of the day, the Diamond Head State Monument. Stroll through the famous East Honolulu neighborhood and enjoy a breathtaking sunrise view over Maunalua Bay. Travel along the Kahala Scenic Route, known for its large concentration of expensive real estate and beachfront properties, which include some of the most expensive in the entire state. Visit the Halona Blowholetake "postcard-worthy" photos to show off to your friends. Continue to Makapu'u Point and capture stunning images of Rabbit Island's crater and cliffs. Experience firsthand why many famous movie were filmed at this location. Drive along Kauai's windward coast, from Waimanalo onward to Kualoa. Right before heading to Kualoa's Mac Nut Farm, stop for shave ice and ice cream. Try some free coffee samples, mac nuts, and take a picture in front of the Kamehameha Statue. Visit the appropriately named Turtle Beach on the North Shore and spot Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles. Enjoy some free time for swimming or sunbathing and this beautiful beach. Then, visit vintage farms and the surfer town of Hale'iwa as you learn about Hawaii's surfing culture and big wave competitions. Next, learn about Hawaiian pineapples at the Dole Plantation. Wander through the largest pineapple maze here, and you can find gifts for your loved ones. Finally, stop at the Green World Coffee Farm where you can enjoy samples of coffee and tea to sip while perusing the storefront. Afterward, relax on the journey back to Honolulu.

Honolulu: Oahu Sights and Bites Island Tour

8. Honolulu: Oahu Sights and Bites Island Tour

Discover the delicious cuisine and natural beauty of Oahu on a guided tour from Honolulu. Soak up the views and experience local flavors on a foodie sightseeing tour. Start your tour with pickup at selected hotels. Enjoy a scenic drive to the Diamond Head Lookout. Admire panoramic views and taste a local favorite Poi donut from Kamehameha Bakery. Continue along the coast to the famous Halona Point blowhole, and keep an eye out for humpback whales and green sea turtles. Visit the famous Halona blowhole, and keep an eye out for humpback whales and green sea turtles. Drive into the Koolau Mountains and take in breathtaking views from the Pali Lookout, the site of a fierce battle in 1795. Head to the Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm, to sample coffee, chocolate, and macadamia nuts. Stop for an included lunch at the famous North Shore Shrimp Trucks! Head to Haleiwa town, where you can go shopping, and try delicious ice cream and other bites. End your tour with a taste of Dole Whip, a dairy-free pineapple dessert, at the Dole Pineapple Plantation.

Oahu: North Shore Snorkeling Tour from Haleiwa

9. Oahu: North Shore Snorkeling Tour from Haleiwa

Head out to Waimea Bay on Ocean Outfitters Hawaiian rollercoaster ride. This ocean adventure off the North Shore of Oahu lets you snorkel up close and personal with our marine friends. This tour operates from May 1st to Oct 31 and is closed during the high surf winter months. Dolphins, rays, turtles, and native Hawaiian reef fish are known to frequent the area. Some of the reef fish are found nowhere else in the world. Humpback whales make their annual journey to Hawaii between the months of November to April, so you can really see them strut their stuff in the pristine blue waters.

Oahu: North Shore Experience and Dole Plantation

10. Oahu: North Shore Experience and Dole Plantation

Discover the incredible sights of the idyllic island of Oahu, and immerse yourself in the local culture as you try authentic dishes and ice cream. Marvel at the emerald blue water of the Pacific from the famous Halona Blowhole, while watching water spurt out into the air. Soak in the spectacular views at the North Shore, as you pad through soft sand at the iconic beaches of Sunset Beach and Alii Beach. Admire astonishing waves that can reach up to 25-50 feet high during the winter season. Satisfy your tastebuds at Kahuku Sugar Mill as you try a range of local dishes at eateries such as Giovanni's Shrimp Truck, Mike's Huli Chicken, and Da Bald Guy. Cap off this unforgettable trip with the world-famous Dole Pineapple Whip Soft Cream at the Dole Plantation.

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What people are saying about North Shore, Oahu

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The boat ride is an absolute thrill!!! Both Brandon (captain) and Jen (guide) are wonderful. Jen free dived to the bottom to bring sea life to the surface for us to see. We didn’t climb the jump off rock point but Jen did and it looked pretty cool if you’re agile enough. Again, the boat ride is intense be sure to hold on tight!!!

The narrative was great and the points of interest an excellent mix. This experience is a long day but worth it. We had trouble starting at the starting point as there was nowhere to park so we could get the app / navigation going so we ended up missing the first 12 narrations but it was ok as they were mostly navigation.

We were absolutely surrounded by sharks the entire time. The boat ride out and back is a beautiful bonus but the star of the show -sharks- do not disappoint!

Henry our guide was great, funny and very knowledgable! Tour was good value, lunch very good and a great way to see the island!

Guides were absolutely fantastic, oodles of local knowledge, fun and engaging. Definitely jump on this tour