There is certainly no shame in lounging in the sand, but when the need for play strikes, the north shore does not disappoint.

In winter, 10-20 foot waves often hit our reefs, reminding all who witness why this stretch of coastline is known as the Mecca of the surf world. Famous surf breaks like Sunset Point, Banzai Pipeline, and Waimea Bay are all within easy biking distance.

But the waves aren't always of death-defying size. North shore waves go nearly flat for most of the summer. Even in winter, there are some sheltered spots that receive less swell and remain beginner-friendly. Our great friend, Ash, offers our guests surf lessons for a discount. He is, without question, one of the best instructors around and takes great care of our guests. They're always returning stoked and ready for more!

While surf unquestionably defines the north shore, there are so many other fun things to do.

  • Snorkeling/Scuba Diving: two of the best spots on Oahu, Shark's Cove and Three Tables, are a 5 minute drive or a 15 minute bike ride away. Snorkel gear provided.
  • Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP): the north shore offers a few protected bays for paddling in flat water.
  • Biking: take our two beach cruiser bikes for a stroll down the North Shore Bike Path. All kinds of fun to be had along the way!
  • Kayaking: rent kayaks from Surf-N-Sea and play around in the protected bay next door. Or if you're feeling more ambitious, paddle out to the reef to catch some waves.
  • Hiking: Pupukea's six-mile Kaunala Loop offers an amazing birds-eye view of the north shore. A leisurely stroll through the Waimea Botanical Gardens ends at a swimming hole and small waterfall. Laie, Malaekahana, Koloa Gulch and Kaipapau Gulch are among the many trails on the north windward side that end at a majestic waterfall. All trailheads are within a 20 minute drive.
  • Deep-Sea Fishing: several boats operate out of Haleiwa Harbor.
  • Marine Life Viewing: green sea turtles, endemic (and endangered) Hawaiian Monk Seals, whales, dolphins, and yes, even sharks. Turtles regularly sunbathe at a spot dubbed Turtle Beach (10-12 minutes). Hawaiian Monk Seals, while less predictable, often take their daily siesta on the stretch of beach across from our place. Migrating Humpback Whales can be spotted on a near-continuous basis November - April throughout the north shore. Shark cage tours, operating out of Haleiwa Harbor, are offered several miles offshore.
  • Cultural Exploration: the Polynesian Cultural Center, "Oahu's #1 Paid Tourist Attraction," is a 15 minute drive. The sacred Pu'u O Mahuka Heiau, overlooking Waimea Bay, is a 10 minute drive.

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