Oahu’s Northern End: Your Guide to the North Shore
As the northernmost point on the island of Oahu, North Shore is not only one of the most beautiful and exciting parts of the Aloha State, but also one of its most famous. The region is considered a prime filming location, and has been featured in Lost, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, North Shore, Blue Crush, the Big Bounce, and countless other films and TV shows. By visiting this location, you’ll be able to experience some of the most stunning sites Hawaii has to offer, setting the stage for adventures both on land and in the water.
Lodging Options for North Shore Visitors
Because it is outside the city of Honolulu, North Shore offers lodgings that are more closely connected to nature, giving you a chance to immerse yourself in the island’s beauty. Local lodgings include:
- Hotels– North Shore’s hotels are highly luxurious and beautiful, and many are available at bargain prices. Turtle Bay Resort, for instance, is a 5-star resort with rooms available for as little as $300 per night; it also offers a tennis court, a golf course, an exercise center, and free WiFi. Other hotels, such as the Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore and the Kuilima Estates East 47 provide many of the same luxury services for less than $200 per night.
- Hostels– North Shore’s hostels include Kalani Hawaii Private Lodging and Backpackers Haleiwa, which offer both individual rooms and dorm lodgings with between 2 and 4 beds. These locations offer free WiFi, cable TV, and other amenities, with prices ranging from $15 to $35 per night.
- AirBNB– North Shore residents have made their condos, studio apartments, and other lodgings available through AirBNB. For prices ranging from $70 to $180, you can experience this destination just as the locals do.
- Vacation Rentals– Vacation rentals line the North Shore, providing lodging for between 2 and 6 people in a variety of beautiful locations. Prices start as low as $39 per night, depending on the location. Most rentals require you to book a stay that lasts at least 2 nights.
The North Shore is a large region, so lodging options vary wildly depending on where you choose to stay specifically. But no matter what location you choose, you should have no trouble finding a comfortable, convenient place to stay at prices you can afford.
Attractions and Activities on the North Shore
North Shore is perhaps most famous as the site of Hawaii’s most beautiful wildlife, both on land and in the surrounding waters. While staying here, you’ll have a chance to journey up to Ka’ena State Park, where you can see the Hawaiian Monk Seal, the Yellow Faced Bee, Hawaiian cotton, and other exotic plants and animals. The park also offers snorkeling opportunities, giving you a chance to view the many colorful fish, mollusks, and other sea life that fill the local waters.
Besides wildlife, the North Shore is famous for its waves. The many surf schools in the area will give you an instant introduction to this sport, allowing you to quickly ride the biggest and most challenging waves. As you become more and more skilled at surfing, you can begin to compete in local surf competitions, including the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing, the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the Roxy Pro sunset, and the Billabong Pipeline Masters. Make enough friends in the local surfing community and you may even get invited to the Quicksilver Big Wave Invitational, an exclusive surfing competition for riding waves that are 20 feet high or larger.
While surfing or snorkeling off the North Shore, you may get a glimpse of local game fish, which live in large numbers throughout the waters of Hawaii. From Mahi Mahi to tuna to marlin to swordfish, these are both some of the most challenging fish to catch in the world and some of the most delicious to eat. If you’re craving such a fish for your trophy room or dinner table, consider taking a deep sea fishing tour on the Whipsaw. We have a long history of providing Oahu fishing charters, and can find the perfect spot to catch all of the Aloha State’s most beautiful and delicious game fish.
Directions to Whipsaw Sportfishing from the North Shore
North Shore is a big place, so getting to our headquarters in Honolulu will take about an hour by car. If you’re leaving from the town of Haleiwa, you’ll want to follow this route:
- Go east on Haleiwa Road
- Take a right turn onto Kamehamenha Highway and follow it for 1.2 miles
- When you reach a roundabout, take its second exit, which will put you on Kaukonahua Road; follow that for a mile
- Take a left onto HI-803 and follow it for 5.8 miles; continue for another 1.8 miles after the road becomes HI-99; then continue for another 8.2 miles after it becomes I-H-2 South
- Merge onto I-H-1 East and follow it for 9.2 miles
- Follow exit 18A toward HI-92 East
- Merge onto HI-92 East and follow it for 4 miles
- Take the first right after you pass Xtreme Parasail; the destination will be on your left
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