Oahu is another Best of Oahu
highlight and a beautiful surfing mecca not to be missed after
making your rounds at Waimea
Bay and the Banzai Pipeline!
a great Oahu Beach to watch big-wave
surfers in action during the wintertime.
Then come back in the summertime when the waves go flat, and Sunset Beach State Park gives way to a new scene for some amazing snorkeling in Oahu.
But above all, visit Sunset Beach for its name and reputation…breathtaking sunsets which will easily rival some of the best sunsets in Hawaii!
Sunset Beach State Park, is
one of the few long stretches of sand that you get to drive right next
along the Kamehameha Highway.
Oahu is one of the 3 surf breaks where the famed Triple Crown Surfing
Contest is held over
the course of the winter months.
The other two surf spots
that host this important surf contest are
Bay and the
Banzai Pipeline at Ehukai Beach.
Beach challenges big-wave surfers who try to conquer these
waves. The surf swells easily usher in 15
to 30 foot waves. The
surf breaks a little farther out to sea, so bring a pair of binoculars
with you if you plan to visit this Oahu beach and want a better and closer view of the action.
Be careful when entering the ocean in this area, especially when waves are present. It's best to check in with the lifeguard if you're unfamiliar with this beach to better understand current conditions and get advice on entering the water from certain points of the beach.
The crowds tend to die down as the surf flattens out during the summer time. Sunset Beach State Park is a beautiful spot to bring the family, for simple relaxation, beachcombing, and snorkeling.
That’s right...Sunset Beach is a
for some snorkeling in Oahu during the summer months when the surf tends to be flat. The sharp jagged pinnacle reefs
are fun to explore with a nice variety of colorful fish and Hawaiian
As referenced within the name, this Oahu beach is home to some beautiful sunsets.
It's easy to see why as Sunset Beach is one of the few beaches on the North Shore that you can see from the road. And if you happen to be passing by during magic hour, you'll be in for a special treat.
Watch surfers ride waves to shore with a blood red sky behind them. Beach goers take a seat and watch all the beauty this magical hour gives. The drone footage puts a new prospective to how gorgeous it really is, as it sails down the beach from above.
If you are planning a visit to the North Shore, I suggest starting your journey early in the morning. You might even want to consider enjoying breakfast on this side of the island. There are a few choices in Haleiwa Town, and also Ted's Bakery across from Sunset Beach State Park is open for breakfast.
This Oahu beach is famous for its big winter surf, but it's the endless beautiful sunsets in Hawaii that gives its classic name, Sunset Beach. Treat yourself to one before returning back to town. It will give you a chance to let traffic pass...and besides, it will be dark by the time you get back to Waikiki (if that's where you're staying) anyway.
And did I mention this Oahu beach has amazing Hawaiian sunsets...thus the name! I've had my share
Warning: The only downside to this beautiful beach are the car break-ins and wallet/phone theft that is prevalent in this area! Do not leave anything in your car or unattended on the beach. Don't be afraid to visit Sunset Beach...just be smart about it!
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Take the 52 Oahu Bus from Kuhio Ave to Haleiwa Town, and transfer to Oahu Bus number 88A or 60. These Oahu Bus will take you to the North Shore Beaches. Ask the bus driver once again to notify you once you have arrived at Sunset Beach State Park.
Note: Bus # 88A travels from the Ala Moana Center to the North Shore and backdown the Windward (East) side of the island.
Bakery – the North Shore
famous for its Hawaiian Shave
but I’m here to tell you that there's a new treat that is gaining
Bakery is known for its cream
pies. Not just any pies, but some of Hawaii ’s
Not to be missed flavors are Haupia
Chocolate Haupia Cream, which resembles a coconut
Ted’s Bakery is not just a great spot
to grab some breakfast, but also hot
sandwiches for lunch, including BBQ Chicken, Teri Beef
Mahi. If you don’t make it to Ted’s Bakery, you’re still in
luck. Ted’s pies are sold in Foodland grocery stores, back in
Beach – more popularly known
as the Banzai
the Sunset Beach surf isn’t close enough for your viewing , then drive
back down to Ehukai Beach where surfers are lined up close, paddling
barreling waves. Watching from here, you'll definitely feel the Hawaiian surfing experience!
Pipe tubes are world famous and add to the
North Shore character and experience. The first trick is to find
Ehukai Beach ,
which is located just across the street from the Sunset Elementary
School parking lot.
Ehukai Pillbox Hike - right across the street
Beach is a little known secret hike called the Ehukai Pillbox
Hike. This Oahu hike is a 30 minute journey that leads you up
the top hillside ridge, where two old World War II military bunkers
overlook the North Shore coastline. The views are
Tie on a visit to Waimea Falls Park with an evening luau dinner with cultural demonstrations and Hawaiian entertainment. The Toa Luau includes your entrance to Waimea Valley & Waterfall.
Just make sure you give yourself enough time to get back in time for the festivities. Note that this luau only takes place on Mon - Wed. Learn more and reserve a spot...
Turtle Bay Resort is a relaxing resort estate that sits at
the tip of the North Shore all by itself.
You will need to
check in with the security attendant if you are not vacationing on the
premises, but you are allowed to visit the restaurants & golf
pro shop. Note:
Don’t forget to get your parking
card validated if driving in.