Oahu Family Adventures
ALI’I BEACH PARK IN HALEIWA
“Tutu says to bring the keiki (children) to the beach. One of her favorite spots is Haleiwa Ali‘i Beach where she and her husband would take their children during summers to paddle outrigger canoes. If you are looking for a safe place to learn to surf, Ali‘i Beach is an ideal spot when smaller surf is breaking.” -Tutu Janet, Turtle Bay’s Grandmother who taught ukulele lessons to our guests during their Oahu family vacation for years.
SWIM WITH THE FISHIES AT SHARKS COVE
It isn’t nearly as crowded as the extremely popular Hanauma Bay and there are no fees to park or swim. Park anywhere along Pupukea Beach and then walk down to where the lava rocks are plentiful and the water is shallow. The tide pool area is a great place for kids to learn to snorkel and more experienced swimmers will enjoy heading out towards the deeper depths. If you have reef shoes, bring them along because getting in and out of the water involves some rock scrambling. Adventurous types will enjoy jumping off the rocks into deep water near the entrance of the cove. Sharks Cove is a ten minute drive West of one of the best Oahu resorts for families, Turtle Bay, and located across the street from Foodland Shopping Center.
WATCH THE PROS SURF AT BANZAI PIPELINE
During the winter, when the conditions are right, the North Shore becomes an expert surfer’s paradise. Huge swells are common and watching the pros ride enormous waves is a perfect Oahu family activity. Surfing competitions are held during the winter months so if you are lucky enough to be in town while one is going on, be sure to set a couple hours aside and enjoy the show!
photo credit: Kathleen Walling Fry
GRAB LUNCH FROM A SHRIMP TRUCK
One of the best parts about an Oahu family vacation on the North Shore is grabbing lunch off a shrimp truck. Nothing is more refreshing after a dip in the ocean than a plate full of fresh shrimp over white rice.
COOL OFF WITH HAWAIIAN SHAVE ICE
After all that spicy shrimp, you need something to cool down those taste buds. No trip to Hawaii is complete without savoring a big cone of shave ice. Most stands offer every flavor under the sun, from bubblegum to lychee.
photo credit: Waimea Valley
TAKE A SWIM BENEATH THE WATERFALL AT WAIMEA VALLEY
Waimea Valley is a preserve for birds, tropical flora, and sacred Polynesian sites. Feed the birds, play traditional Hawaiian games, and take the 3/4 mile trail to a waterfall that cascades into a freshwater pool, perfect for swimming. Lifeguards are on duty and life jackets are provided and required for all swimmers, so hop on in and enjoy the water!
There is an abundance of family activities to experience on an Oahu family vacation at Turtle Bay Resort. Contact us today for more details!