If you are on a quest to find the legendary Banzai Pipeline Hawaii, known around the world for its perfect barelling waves, then head to Ehukai Beach Park on the North Shore Oahu. Ehukai Beach Park ranks as on of the best Oahu beaches, but surfing pipeline is a unique experience itself, and ranks in many people’s lists as one of the top 100 things to do before you die!
If you don’t already know, the winter swells that roll into this part of Oahu’s North Shore, push up onto an extremely shallow reef, thus creating some of the best picture-perfect waves that form gorgeous rideable barrels that pro surfers dream about.
Take note that surfing Pipeline Hawaii poses serious bodily
injury if you are caught in the wrong place at the wrong
Hundreds of surf boards are broken each year on the shallow reef, along with injuries and sometimes even the unthinkable…
Regardless, hundreds of surfers from around the world fly in to Oahu for their chance to surf the famous Banzai Pipeline. This is the home of the Pipeline Masters Surf Contest that is attended by the best and bravest surfesrs from all over the world.
Ehukai Beach Park is a
beautiful long stretch of North Shore
beach. During the winter, you can literally stand on the edge
of the water, and watch the surfers in action just a short 40 yards
into the ocean.
When summertime rolls around, the waves go flat and you can experience some of the best snorkeling on Oahu!
Ehukai Beach Park can be hard to find, since there are no descriptive signs, and the parking area is quite small. You are better off looking for Sunset Beach Elementary School, which is located directly across the street.
Directions: From Waikiki, take the H-1 Freeway headed West…
Take the 98A or 52 bus from Kuhio Ave to the Wahiawa Armory (ask the bus drive to notify you), and transfer to Oahu Bus number 88A. The Oahu Bus 88A will take you into Haleiwa Town and onward to the North Shore Beaches. Ask the bus driver once again to notify you once you have arrived at Ehukai Beach Park.
Old Town Haleiwa – You might want to stop in the old town Haleiwa before heading out to Ehukai Beach Park to checkout the North Shore rustic surf shops, local art galleries, enjoy a Matsumoto’s Hawaiian shave ice, and grab some lunch to take with you to the beach.
Also consider staying late and stopping at Haleiwa Joe’s for dinner, before making the journey back to town.
If the crowds seem overwhelming at the Banzai Pipeline, then continue driving 5 minutes up the road for another spectacular Oahu beach, known as Sunset Beach Park.
2 miles of beautiful sand, amazing sunsets, and more giant North Shore waves to be seen!
Ted’s Bakery – Great spot to stop for breakfast, lunch and dinner, if you are looking to keep it simple but delicious! Ono choices include Barbeque Chicken, Teri Beef and Mahi Mahi plate lunches and sandwiches!
Don’t miss Ted’s famous crème pies, like Chocolate Haupia, Macadamia Nut and Coconut Haupia!
Turtle Bay Resort -Continue driving towards the tip of the North Shore and you will cross the entrance to one of Oahu’s best exclusive resorts. Turtle Bay Resort is built over a 4 mile stretch of beachfront property that includes 2 signature championship Oahu golf courses.