The North Shore of Oahu has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, yet the famous Dr. Beach never names them in his list of top beaches because of the big surf during the our winter months. Dr. Beach is wrong. Most of our beaches have lifeguards, and in the summer months virtually all the North Shore beaches are super safe. For example the North Shore’s Waimea Bay has the best and largest sandy beach of any beach in Hawaii. it resembles a gigantic swimming pool in the summer months with a sandy bottom and sea turtles swimming near the edges. Dr. Beach should recognize the North Shore Beaches for what they are and include a warning to always consult a lifeguard when entering the water or better yet hire a surf instructor to teach you to surf.
North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii is the Surfing Capitol of the World In More Ways then One. Surfing lessons are offered daily in safe small wave coves. In the winter season would be surfers can watch spectacular waves crashing on white sand beaches in safety. Always, always consult a lifeguard or hire a water safety professional guide to keep you safe when entering the ocean on the North Shore of Oahu.
Beaches with shade on the North Shore of Oahu are hard to find. The best way to find a shady beach on the North Shore of Oahu is to bring a beach umbrella with you. However, be super careful that it is well anchored in the sand even on days with little wind. If the wind is strong 15 mph or more do not use an umbrella instead look for a Kamani tree.
Best Places to Swim on the North Shore of Oahu. The best place to swim on the North Shore is during the summer at Waimea Bay. If you decide that you want to swim at another beach on the North Shore, choose one that has a lifeguard on duty. When swimming on the North Shore always check in with the lifeguard on duty. Following is a list of beaches that have lifeguards on the North Shore; Haleiwa, Laniakea, Chuns Reef, Waimea Bay, Ehukai and Sunset beaches. Please also get a surfing lesson or surf guide if you are new to surfing or even just new to surfing on the North Shore.