The Best of Oahu North Shore



Oahu’s North Shore: a meeting point for surfers and food lovers. This side of the island is home to a vibrant street food tradition. From the delicious Giovanni’s shrimps to the sweet Leonardo’s Malasada, from the most amazing Elephant Truck’s Thai food to the most refreshing coconut water coming right out fresh-chopped coconut shells. Trust me, there is really a little something for everyone’s taste.



A bar on the beach serving exotic cocktails, straw umbrellas to give you some shade from the blazing Hawaiian sun and the blue ocean right in front of you.  Maybe you will be also lucky enough to make friends with some cute sea turtle, you know – nature is unpredictable!


This beach is known worldwide for ‘The Billabong Pipeline Master’. Every year, the best and bravest surfers in the world gather together in the attempt to catch one of the most huge, scary and amazing waves a surfer can dream of. If you happen to be there during the season, it is a show not to be missed!


Looking for the best spot for some snorkeling? Three Tablet beach is the place for you. This spot on the North Shore of Oahu is home to an incredible amount of colorful fishes that during summertime love to hang out in the calm and warm water of this rocky tidal pools. A suggestion?  Bring water shoes, you will thank me later!



Let me get you a sigh of relief. No, sharks in here! Apparently, this beach got its name from a popular story that says that the outline of a reef outside the cove looks like a shark when seen from above. Despite the scary name, the Shark’s Cove is one of a kind and not just because of its spectacular underwater rock formations but most of all because of its amazing marine life. No better spot for a dive, mine included. It was my very first time and I really need to thank Hawaii Eco Divers and my instructor Ricardo Taveira for its patience and perseverance and for making it the most panicking and exciting experience in my life.


Kaena Point is located on the corner that connects the North Shore to the West Shore. The nature of the area make this place one of the least light-polluted spots on the island and therefore one of the most suitable locations for starts gazing, especially in summer. The ideal conditions are moonless or near-moonless light and a clear sky. For pictures like these, though, you’ll need lenses with a large aperture and a quality camera with the ability to take images at a high ISO setting. Stunning, isn’t it?

Ph: Marvin Chandra

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