For a place that only measures three miles of land and water, Haleiwa Town packs it in. You’ll find locally-handcrafted jewelry, swimwear and surf gear and one-of-a-kind artwork (try the Haleiwa Art Galleryfor varied pieces be more than 30 Pacific Island artists). Savor spoils of eateries offering Mexican, Thai, pizza and local plate-lunch choices. (Haleiwa Town also serves virtually any outdoor sport you can think of, with surfing claiming the top spot.) Grab some shave ice to cool off – imagine a snow cone, but soft and fluffy, with your choice of tropical fruit flavours poured on top.
Seven miles of pristine beaches wind along Oahu's North Shore, home to the world's longest stretch of rideable surf spots. Pack a cooler, a beach chair and some strong sun protection to spend time at the big-wave surfing meccas of Sunset Beach, Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline) and Waimea Bay. This is a show you can't miss – the crystal-blue waves can roll in at 40 feet. Dozens of surfers bob on their boards just off shore, waiting for the right ride. You'll witness daring kids, veteran long boarders, and, of course, the quintessential surfers – bronzed and muscular men and women who challenge the pipeline every day – like Jamie Sterling. North Shore's Triple Threat – surfer, polo player and North Shore native.
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Curious about active, outdoor things to do on North Shore Oahu? Golfers will find courses designed by Arnold Palmer and Tom Fazio. Happy hikers and mountain bikers take to the trails above Pupukea and the slopes off Keaena. Horseback riders love the stables surrounded by the green forests of Waimea Valley. Paddlers rent kayaks to float calm, summer waters. Rock climbers gather at two North Shore accesses: a 30-foot climb along the beach at Waimea Bay, and a 90-foot wall (with several pre-bolted routes) near Mokuleia Beach.