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. Rated as one of the best Oahu beaches on the North Shore, surfing pipeline is an unique experience itself, and also ranks high 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 time!
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
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, and the waves go flat, you can experience some of the best snorkeling on Oahu! Just make sure to check in with the lifeguard to make sure it's safe before entering the water.
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.
– 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
galleries, enjoy a Matsumoto’s Hawaiian shave ice, and grab some lunch
to take with you to the beach.
Also consider staying after the sunset, and stopping off at Haleiwa Joe’s or Cholo's Homestyle Mexican Food for dinner, before making the journey back to town.
Ehukai Pillbox Hike - right across the street from Ehukai Beach is a little known secret hike called the Ehukai Pillbox Hike. This Oahu hike is a 30 minute journey that leads you up to the top hillside ridge, where two old World War II military bunkers overlook the North Shore coastline. The views are breathtaking!
Sunset Beach -
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 creme pies, like Chocolate Haupia, Macadamia Nut and Coconut Haupia!
Turtle Bay Resort is built over a 4 mile stretch of beachfront property that includes 2 signature championship Oahu golf courses.