Oahu’s North Shore is renowned for its picturesque beaches, thrilling surf, and vibrant local culture. Located on this stunning coastline, the charming town of Haleiwa offers a perfect getaway for families seeking a memorable vacation. With its laid-back atmosphere, rich history, and plethora of family-friendly activities, Haleiwa has something to offer everyone. Lets explore some exciting things to do with kids on Oahu’s North Shore Haleiwa.

1. Hit the Beach

To fully experience the North Shore, one must not miss out on the opportunity to bask in the splendor of its breathtaking beaches.

Sharks cove- If you’re keen on witnessing an abundance of marine life, Sharks Cove is a preferred local spot compared to Hanauma Bay (which has limited availability).

During the summer season, Waimea Bay is perfect for kids due to its calm waters. It is advisable to arrive early (before 9AM) due to very limited parking. If you arrive early enough you might catch a glimpse of playful dolphins. It is best to snorkel further out (or rent an SUP and paddle out) and wait for them to arrive vs. chasing them as they will run away. Children can indulge in building sandcastles, frolicking along the shoreline, snorkeling, taking exhilarating leaps from Waimea Rock, or simply relaxing on an inner tube in the ocean while soaking up the warm Hawaiian sun.

2. Waimea Valley

Waimea Valley offers a fascinating combination of natural beauty and cultural experiences. Take a leisurely stroll along the paved path, surrounded by lush greenery, and make your way to Waimea Falls. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the waterfall’s pool after a short hike, making sure to follow all safety guidelines. Along the way, children can learn about the local flora and fauna, making it an educational and enjoyable experience for the whole family.

3. Immerse in Hawaiian History at the Dole Plantation

Just a short drive from Haleiwa, the Dole Plantation is a must-visit for families. Learn about the history of pineapple farming in Hawaii through interactive exhibits and plantation tours. Take a relaxing train ride around the plantation, or challenge your family to navigate the world’s largest maze. Don’t forget to sample their famous pineapple treats, including the iconic Dole Whip.

4. Explore Haleiwa Town

Haleiwa’s historic town center is a vibrant hub of local culture and eclectic shops. Stroll along the charming streets, browse unique boutiques, and indulge in mouthwatering treats from local food trucks. Visit the art galleries and surf shops that capture the essence of North Shore’s surfing heritage.

Some favorite spots include, Storto’s sandwich shop, Waialua Bakery, Haleiwa Eats, Seven Brothers, Guava shop & Mahina (womens clothing boutiques), & Growing Keiki (kids clothing boutique).

5. Engage in Water Sports

For families with older children, the North Shore offers an array of water sports activities. Take surfing lessons together at Chuns Beach and experience the thrill of riding the waves. Stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking are also popular options at the Haleiwa river, allowing you to explore the coastline from a different perspective. Remember to prioritize safety and choose activities suitable for your family’s skill levels.

6. Picnic at Sunset Beach Park

Sunset Beach is famous for its colossal winter waves, but during the summer months, it transforms into a tranquil haven for families. Pack a picnic and enjoy the breathtaking ocean views from Sunset Beach Park.

7. Horseback Riding at Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort offers private and group horseback riding along the trails near the resort. With the guidance of skilled instructors and knowledgeable guides, you can explore the resort’s pristine trails and take in the mesmerizing ocean vistas and lush landscapes. For kids 6 and under, they offer a Pony experience. Whether you’re 2 years old or a novice rider, Turtle Bay Resort’s horseback riding experience promises to be a memorable and enchanting adventure, providing an opportunity to connect with nature and create lasting memories in this stunning tropical paradise. Remember to contact Turtle Bay Resort directly to inquire about the availability, pricing, and any specific requirements for their private horseback riding experiences.

Oahu’s North Shore, offers a delightful escape for families seeking a mix of relaxation, adventure, and cultural experiences. Whether you choose to explore the pristine beaches, engage in water sports, or immerse yourselves in the local history and culture, Haleiwa has something to offer every member of the family. So pack your bags, create lifelong memories, and let the North Shore’s natural beauty and vibrant atmosphere enchant you and your children.

8. Family Photos at Turtle Bay Resort

Hiring a photographer for a family photoshoot at Turtle Bay can be a wonderful way to capture precious moments and create lasting memories against the beautiful ocean. As the sun rises in front of Turtle Bay’s North Shore of Oahu, the soft golden light and serene atmosphere provide a picturesque setting for a family photoshoot.

To arrange a sunrise photoshoot at Turtle Bay, contact Marissa via email at marissa.hbphoto@gmail.com or by CLICKING HERE.


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