“Spend the afternoon learning about one of Hawaii’s most famous ocean residents: The shark, or “mano” in the Hawaiian language, is a central figure in native Hawaiian culture and is featured in many legends. There are several tour operators on the North Shore that allow guests to see and learn about sharks close-up, either from a boat or underwater. A bonus: On your off-shore journey, you’ll also frequently see plenty of other sea life, including dolphins, sea turtles and magnificent humpback whales during the winter months. All this is topped off with a breathtaking view of Oahu's North Shore! “ – Roger Corpuz, Head Bellman at Turtle Bay and employee for more than 40 years.
“After a giant swell, I like to search for petroglyphs at Ke-Iki beach. On rare occasions, the giant surf sweeps the sandstone entirely clean of sand and exposes ancient pre-contact carvings. It’s a fascinating display if you are lucky enough to be there under the right conditions.” - Randy Rarick, Founder of Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
Kealia Trail is located by the Dillingham Airfield and offers breathtaking views of the North Shore. It is family friendly and well maintained.
“The best place to check out turtles is on the Kaena Point side of Ali'i Beach Park. Forget about "Turtle Beach" at Laniakea. There are ten times more turtles available for viewing right on the beach and from the shore on the far west side of Ali'i Beach Park.” Randy Rarick, Founder of Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
“I highly recommend a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center. It is Oahu’s No. 1 paid attraction, conveniently located just a few minutes from Turtle Bay. With eight island villages over its 42 acres, the Center features a canoe pageant and an IMAX Theatre. It is also home to Hawaii’s most authentic luau, with delicious roasted pig from an underground fire pit (imu), and a spectacular night show with a cast of 100 performers. A must-see (and taste!)” – Roy Nacapuy, Concierge and Turtle Bay employee for more than 40 years.
“Ka'ena Point takes you far away from life's business. Even being on vacation can get hectic!! Pack a good sized bottle of ice cold water and a light brunch and drive to the far west end of Farrington Highway, beyond Haleiwa and the Mokuleia. There are deserted white sand beaches and aqua waters up here in the summer. In the winter, enjoy the massive, crashing surf from the safety of high sand. You can also take the walking trail at the end of the road and gently explore the shoreline. Caution: no lifeguards on this stretch of coastline and it also gets very hot, so get an early start, drink plenty of water, keep a cell phone on you, and stay within your comfort zone for real enjoyment.” – Jodi Wilmott, Veteran surf and watersports communications professional.
Haleiwa is a happy North Shore beach town in Oahu about 15 minutes away from Turtle Bay. There you can shop at one-of-a-kind boutiques, enjoy water sports and dine. A MUST in Haleiwa is to cool of when legendary shave-ice from either Matsumoto’s or Aoki’s. Shave ice is finely shaved ice covered in homemade tropical juice like pineapple, guava and passion fruit. There are dozens of flavors to choose from and you can get ice-cream or sweet azuki beans on the bottom of the shave ice.
“ The best place to find the flavors of the North Shore is at the Thursday Farmers Market in Haleiwa and Saturday Farmers Market in Waialua. Both markets offer a casual shopping experience, plenty of samples to taste and delicious locally grown produce and fruit as well as locally made specialties - all within the confines of the North Shore.” Randy Rarick, Founder of Vans Triple Crown of Surfing