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There are few things more integral to a perfect North Shore vacation than an afternoon spent snorkeling. While there are literally dozens of remarkable locations to don a mask and flippers, we’ve taken the liberty of picking out our three favorite North Shore places to snorkel below.
While the North Shore offers a plethora of breathtaking hikes, we’re quite fond of the Kaunala trail, located in Pupukea. A lush hillside community that overlooks the North Shore beaches, Pupukea is lined with trails that serpentine up and down the majestic mountainside and is a short drive from Turtle Bay. The Kaunala trail offers a hike that’s sure to provide you with sweeping vistas, but isn’t out of reach for beginner hikers, making it perfect for the family.
To access the start of the trail from Turtle Bay Resort, turn left onto Pupukea road, just past Foodland. Drive up the hill about three miles until you reach the end and a boy scout’s camp. You can park on the road. From there, you’ll see a dirt access road that will lead you to the start of the trail.
Situated just past Waimea Bay heading towards Turtle Bay Resort, you’ll find Shark’s Cove. With its stretching tide pool that opens into a gorgeous cove, you’ll find this locale an ideal place to take the family snorkeling. The waters in the cove are literally bubbling over with fish (despite its name, you won’t find any sharks in the lagoon) and the cove has proven to be such a treasure that Scuba Diving Magazine named it in their top 12 shore dives in the world list.
While the cove can get a bit congested at times, once you’re surrounded by the majestic sea life that calls the cove home, you won’t notice the other snorkelers or divers. Parking is available on the road adjacent to the cove, but if the water is calm and there’s no swell, we recommend arriving early before it fills up. Sharks Cove snorkeling equipment can be rented at Turtle Bay for the entire family.