North Shore Of Oahu Must-Do's.
Oahuis not all about Honolulu.
One of the things that makes this island so fabulous is just how little time it takes to go from the glamour of Waikikito the chilled out surf vibe of its spectacular North Shore.
An easy day trip, the North Shoreis a comfortable 40 minute drive straight up the middle of the island. Rent a rag top, put some Fleetwood Macon blast and cruise this list of North Shore must-do's.
Pipeline For Breakfast.
Banzai Pipelineis one of the most iconic strips of sand and salt in the entire world.
You gotta make the pilgrimage to Ehukaiwhen visiting Oahu.
My tip is to head out early from Honolulu - really you want to be road by 8am - and arrive at Pipeline forty minutes later for breakfast.
Grab an acai bowl (see below) in Haleiwa Town on the way and then drive over to watch the surfers shred.
Even the five year olds are awesome.
A little heads-up: it's very easy to drive right pastPipelinebecause there's not a single sign post. Look out for Sunset Elementary School (on the right) and you'll find the tiny car park directly opposite.
You'll see rustic coconut stalls dotted along the drive from Haleiwa Townall the way up the north coast.
Fresh and delicious, a road side coconut is a North Shoreright of passage.
And also practically free.
Shopping In Haleiwa Town.
Ok so maybe you need more than one day on the North Shore..for shopping.
Haleiwa Town is the areas cultural and arts hub and home to many shops. Many.
From surf and antiques to fine jewellery and art galleries, there's a store for everyone.
I recommend you park at one end of the town - I like to start at the Growing Keiki (where you'll find the best hand-painted baby clothes) and then walk half the street on one side cross the road and then the other as you walk back to you car.
Then drive your car up to where you turned around and repeat with the second half of the strip.
This is a pottering kind of town so take your time - walk into the arcades, down the side streets and I promise you'll find that thing you never knew you wanted.
The Shrimp Truck Thing.
Food trucks are an important part of the local culture and complement surf meets county vibe of the area. There's quite literally truck after truck on Kahuku Pointbut the two oldest (and most popular) are Romy'sand Giovanni's.
My pick is Romy's Kahuku Prawn and Shrimp Inc because I'm obsessed with the Kahuku Sweet Cornand also the red pick-up truck out the front.
You must try their Sweet and Spicy Shrimpwith extra spicy dipping sauce because it will blow your mind.
But expect a wait - this is island time cooking not fast food - particularly on the weekends.
Visit Waimea Valley.
Waimea“The Valley of the Priests” was named in 1090 when the ruler of Oahuawarded the land to the kähuna nui. Descendants of the high priests lived and cared for much of the Valley until 1886.
It remains one of last partially intact ahupuaa(the native Hawaiian system of land management) on O`ahu.
Waimea Valleyconsists of 1,875 acres and has been a sacred place for more than 700 years.
Burgers From Kua'Aina.
Without over-stating things - This was the best burger and fries of my life.
Kua'Ainahas been making awesome burgers in Haleiwa Town since 1975.
Order the avocado burger (you get an entire half) with a side of homemade fries and pepperoncini - then prepare to visit food heaven.
I will forever dream about this burger.
Surf Turtle Beach.
If you're a surfer then you will want to hit the waves at Sunsetor Pipelinebut if you're even remotely still on your surfing 'L" plates then Turtle Beachis where you want to go.
Hans Hedemannis one of the most highly regarded surf schools on O'ahuand runs a school out of the Turtle Bay Resort. The deep, easy waves of the bay combined with the large, easy boards means you'll be surfing in no time.
This place isn't called Turtle Beachfor nothing - you'll be swimming and surfing with turtles.
Sunset On The Point.
This picture was taken right on the top point of Turtle Bay Resortlooking out toward Kahuku Point.
I do not need to say anymore about it.
This is why people learn to paint.
And THIS is all the reasons you visit beautiful Hawaii.