A Day in Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore
When you travel to the North Shore of Oahu, as you’re making your final descent towards the most famous stretch of the island, you’re met by the charming town of Haleiwa. In this quaint little town, the classic Hawaiian way of life and charm is found, with so many great things to do, delicious places to eat, and an old school feel that will leave you wanting to come back over and over again.
In most cases, if you are visiting the North Shore, you will spend an entire day here, moving from beach to beach, eating a plate lunch from a food truck, and spending time enjoying the peace and quiet of this untouched stretch of island. In the winter, the giant waves draw surf pros from around the world, and the summer months are filled with calmer waters that create perfect conditions for outdoor activities and fun at the beach. In and around Haleiwa, there is so much going on, and you will have no problem spending a day checking out the area.
Within the town, there are great places to eat, but most likely, you will want to head straight for the food trucks, scattered all over the North Shore, though there is a concentration of them right in Haleiwa that is a perfect place to stop. You’ll be amazed at the flavors and portions that come from these locally owned and operated restaurants on wheel, using fresh local ingredients and fresh shrimp from nearby farms. There is nothing wrong with eating the entire plate, which will be one of the best meals you eat during your visit.
When you're ready to choose your activities, the ocean is the easy choice for the best thing to do and the most fun you can have during a visit to Haleiwa. Stand-up Paddle Boarding at Haleiwa Beach Park is a great option for all, and you can rent a board right in town with easy access to the water. And it wouldn’t be a visit to Hawaii without surfing so consider a lesson from a local pro and tell all of your friends about the time you rode the waves on Oahu’s North Shore. For the more daring and thrill seeking, you can go diving with sharks on a Hawaii Shark Cage Tour. As crazy as it sounds, this adventure is perfectly safe, takes you out about 3 miles off of the coast of the North Shore where you will jump into the water with sharks!
Oahu’s North Shore is just one of the stops you will need to make during your trip to the island, and Haleiwa is a treasure of this part of the island. The untouched natural beauty of the area and the history of the town, plus the fun activities and delicious places to eat will make this one of the best days of your trip. Haleiwa has a way of sticking with you, and you will love every second of your time here.
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