Before you pack your bags and head off to paradise, take a moment to read through our helpful list of North Shore travel tips.
Know the Seasons
While Hawaii, and the North Shore in particular, are home to some of the most hospitable climates in the country, we do have seasons. Granted, if you’re looking for a place to watch the leaves change color, you’re looking in the wrong direction. But we do have a rainy and sunny season. While it’s not uncommon for us to go weeks with absolutely perfect weather in the winter time, the months of November through April can bring a few showers and lots of big surf. The summer months, from June(ish) to October(ish) are when the tradewinds blow, keeping temps in the mid 70s. The world class waves that dominate the North Shore’s reputation typically lay idle in the summertime, creating perfect conditions for swimming, diving, and paddling. (If you know where to look, you can still get a few waves, even in these months.)
The Takeaway: Two season, rainy and sunny, mark the climate on the North Shore. Both are wonderful in their own right.
It’s Not Waikiki
Not only is the North Shore literally located on the opposite side of the island, but its entire vibe is 180 degrees removed from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. While it’s only a 45-minute to an hour drive away from Honolulu International Airport, the two locales are nothing alike. Waikiki, with its hustle, bustle, and city lights stands in contrast to the more laidback, relaxed vibe on the North Shore. Where you might find yourself darting in and out of traffic in Waikiki, you’ll find yourself walking on an empty beach on the North Shore. The simple, clean life of the North Shore is something locals take great pride in. If you want to wind down over an amazing meal at night after a long day’s worth of adventuring without having to wait in lines and jockey for a place to lay your towel, than the North Shore is for you.
The Takeaway: Want to get away from the grind of the city and soak in nature’s most beautiful stretch of coastline? Skip Waikiki and go to the North Shore.
Expect An Adventure
If you’re the type of person that craves to uncover hidden sights, loves to experience new things, and thrives on adventure, than the North Shore should be on your places-to-travel list. Whether you’re an avid surfer looking to test yourself in some of the world’s most legendary waves or get away from the crowds and find your own peak, the North Shore is a surfer’s heaven. But there’s so much more to our fabled coast than surfing. Ever hike to a hidden waterfall with just you and your favorite companion? Do you dream of mountainbiking down a hidden trail at daybreak? Does the idea of swimming with turtles (and maybe sharks) get your heart pounding (in a good way)? Then you, my friend, are an adventurer. Create memories and experience things that 99 percent of people will never know on Oahu’s North Shore.
The Takeaway: Love adventure? Then you’ll love the North Shore.