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Oahu's North Shore is known as the world's surfing capital. Its beaches are famous for their huge winter waves, averaging 25-30 feet, but capable of reaching 50 feet and inflicting serious injury and death upon humans. North Shore surf is not for casual surfers or swimmers. Summer months tend to be calmer for snorkeling and swimming. However, calm seas can be deceiving. You must be careful if you are going to enter the water here. Respect the ocean's power while in Hawaii! If you are not an expert swimmer, you may just want to enjoy watching the awesome surfing that takes place on the North Shore.

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Alii Haleiwa Beach Park Photo Alii Beach Park (also known as Haleiwa Beach)

Gorgeous views of sunrise and sunset. Large grassy area where festivals and carnivals are common. Large waves in winter months, popular surfing beach.
● Lifeguards
● Restrooms
● Showers
● Community Facility
● Parking
● Swimming
● Fishing
● Surfing
● Body Boarding
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Bayview Beach Photo Bayview Beach

Protected cove located next to Turtle Bay Resort. Great swimming and snorkeling. Stay close to shore during high surf as there is a strong rip current leading into open ocean.
● NO Lifeguard
● Restrooms
● Showers
● Parking
● Food Concession



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Chun's Reef Photo Chun's Reef

Large, powerful waves in winter months. Great site for experienced surfers. Great snorkeling and swimming in summer months. Sea turtles often seen near shore. Do not enter water when large swells are present. Observe all warnings.
● NO Lifeguard
● NO Facilities / Amenities

● Swimming
● Fishing
● Surfing
● Snorkeling
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Ehukai Beach Park Photo Ehukai Beach Park

Home of the Bonzai Pipeline. Pounding surf with winter waves that reach up to 25 feet plus! Swimming is good over the sandbar in spring and summer. Watch for stinging Limu (seaweed) from June to September. Obey all posted warnings! Consult with lifeguards for swimming conditions.
● Lifeguard
● Restrooms
● Showers
● Picnic
● Parking
● Camping
● Fishing
● Body Surfing
● Body Boarding
● Surfing

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Haleiwa Alii Beach Photo Haleiwa Beach Park (also known as Alii Beach Park)

Gorgeous views of sunrise and sunset. Large grassy area where festivals and carnivals are common. Large waves in winter months, popular surfing beach.
● Lifeguard
● Restrooms
● Showers
● Picnic
● Parking
● Swimming
● Fishing
● Surfing
● Body Boarding

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No Photo Graphic KeWaena Beach Park

Relatively undeveloped beach. Large and dangerous waves during the winter. Nice beach for swimming and snorkeling when it's calmer in summer months. Overlooks the famous surf site "Off-the-Wall", also known as "Kodak Reef", to the North and to the South, the equally dangerous "Log Cabins" surf site.
● NO Lifeguard
● NO Facilities / Amenities
● Parking
● Swimming
● Snorkeling
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Lankiakea Beach Photo Laniakea Beach

The best place in the world to see marine turtles up close. Hawaiian green turtles crawl ashore almost daily. PLEASE Do not handle or touch the sea turtles. While snorkeling or swimming, give the turtles 10 feet of space.
● NO Lifeguard
● NO Facilities / Amenities
● Parking
● Swimming
● Fishing
● Surfing
● Turtles!
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Mokluleia Beach Park Photo Mokuleia Beach Park

One of the better surf spots in Hawaii. Six miles of white sand, 150 feet wide. Dangerous rip currents and swells during winter months. Observe all posted warnings.
● NO Lifeguard
● Restrooms
● Showers
● Picnic
● Parking
● Swimming
● Fishing
● Snorkeling
● Surfing
● Wind Surfing
● Camping
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Pupukea Beach Park Photo Pupukea Beach Park

A marine life conservation area, beachcomber's dream, tide pools, strange lava formations and blowholes. Two small beaches located at the ends of the park; Three Tables and Shark's Cove. Both great snorkel and dive sites, mainly in the summer months during low surf. Dangerous surf during the winter so snorkeling, swimming and diving not recommended.
● NO Lifeguard
● Restrooms
● Showers
● Picnic
● Parking
● Swimming
● Fishing
● Snorkeling
● Surfing
● Body Board
● Scuba Diving
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Sunset Beach Park Photo Sunset Beach Park

Home to international surf competitions during the winter months with 20 foot waves. Large swells in summer also. When calm, great place for swimming and snorkeling. Be very careful of the Sunset Rip; ask the lifeguards about this. Watch out for stinging limu (seaweed) June to September. Obey all posted warnings!
● Lifeguard
● Restrooms
● Showers
● Picnic
● Parking
● Swimming
● Fishing
● Surfing

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Kawela Bay Photo Turtle Bay / Kawela Bay

Sandy, secluded beach surrounded by ironwood trees and palms. Great swimming, diving, snorkeling. One of the calmest beaches in the North Shore area. Lots of natural beauty!
● NO Lifeguard
● NO Facilities / Amenities
● Parking
● Swimming
● Fishing
● Surfing
● Snorkeling
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Waimea Bay Beach Park Photo Waimea Bay Beach Park

Large, sandy beach area. Calm in summer months but waves can reach 30 feet in winter months! Some of the most incredible, largest, and most dangerous surf in the world. Strong riptide at the center of the bay. Heed all posted warnings!
● Lifeguard
● Restrooms
● Showers
● Picnic
● Parking
● Swimming
● Fishing
● Surfing
● Snorkeling
● BodyBoarding
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