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Recent North Shore Oahu reviews

  • Great vacation!

    "This is a nice condo in a good location on the island. The downstairs has been renovated for a very lovely and comfortable space. The upstairs loft and bathroom were great for our teenage children. The condo also has a screened balcony that looks into the golf course which is great added space. Everything was as we expected from the online discription. The Turtle Bay resort is a great location for exploring the north shore and windward side of the island. It was about an hours drive to Honolulu and the busy pace of activities in the south side. We were very close to a great beach. My only complaint is that my kids couldn't use the hottub at the resort. All in all it was a super fun vacation and this was a great location. Mahalo"
    Guest: Family travels Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: May 12, 2015
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  • Kamaaina's Dream!!

    "I grew up on Oahu and have been back several times. I've always stayed in Waikiki until this trip. Turtle Bay and the North Shore (Kahuku) location of this condo are very beautiful and quiet (except for the rooster who crowed in the mornings up the road, love it!). The Condo is to die for, and a little home away from home. So much so that I looked at other units in the complex for sale while we were there and we definitely didn't want to "move out" at the end of our vacation. Everything is provided for you, more than you would find in any hotel. With the ceiling fans on and the sliding doors in the living room and bedroom open you get a wonderful cool fresh air breeze throughout. We never turned on the air conditioner once. The sofa in the living room is so comfortable that my wife and I found it hard to get up and go to bed. I would doze off out there almost nightly LOL. My morning ritual was to take a cup of coffee into the "backyard" and visit with the snails and Geckos and birds that inhabit the lush greenery that surround the Lanai and the golf course. We try to visit "home" once a year and will be making this condo our place to stay from now on until the owner no longer has it available!! there are many restaurants and two supermarkets nearby in Laie and Pupukea that provide anything else you could need as well. Thank You for a wonderful, unforgettable vacation!! If you plan to spend a lot of time on the Leeward side of the island (i.e. Waikiki, Pearl Harbor) be prepared for about an hours absolutely delightful drive back and forth to the condo. I have always loved to drive along the coast on Oahu, so this was absolutely perfect for me!!"
    Guest: Haole Boy Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 26, 2015
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  • Regina L.

    "My husband and I stayed only for a week. The location is fantastic, the unit was well equipped, complete with all the comforts of home. Making the arrangements and obtaining access was extremely easy. This is a location that we plan on returning to."
    Guest: Regina Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 8, 2015
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  • Relaxing house with large rooms RIGHT on the BEACH!

    "We've been to Oahu more times that we can count, but always stayed in a condo in Waikiki except a Kailua rental 3 blocks from the beach once. THIS was a different Oahu from what we 'knew.' There are no truck noises, sirens, yelling, honking, ...noise pollution of any kind. We woke to the sounds of the ocean and a few birds. We went to sleep to the sound of the ocean. I thought being that close to the ocean, the sound might be overwhelming, but it was not. It was just a calming, soothing pulse. The rooms are very large in this house! Upstairs is LARGE! 2 bedrooms with their own baths and plenty of room for storing luggage out of the way. Downstairs has one very large bedroom with it's own bath and one fairly large bedroom with a bathroom in the hall. The only downfall we saw to the house was the double bed in the smaller downstairs bedroom. If we stayed here again, we might see if the owners wouldn't mind if we bought a queen bed for that room. :-) There were plenty of linens for all the beds and bathrooms. Plenty of beach towels, too! The kitchen was well stocked with dishes and utensils and the fridge was brand new! The living room furniture was not the most comfortable, but we spent most of the time outside. Plenty of masks, snorkels, and aqua shoes were found in the room next to the laundry room. Loved that there was a washer and dryer there. When I go again, I'll pack less. I took clothes for a month, but ended up doing laundry and wearing some of the outfits a couple of times... or just my swimsuits for days on end! The house is an older home, very comfortable and casual. We felt so at home rather than on 'vacation,' if you know what I mean. It was clean and had new carpeting, too. We saw turtles every day swimming out front...RIGHT out front!!! Our daughter and son-in-law snorkeled everyday and saw turtles and MANY kinds of fish, crabs, and one night we even saw a small purple octopus! At night, they saw turtles ON THE BEACH a few houses down the beach. We never saw any on shore during the day, but they sure did swim around in the protected area out front! Our niece and her husband and 2 kids aged 2 and 5 played on the beach when they weren't out sight seeing around the island. The beach isn't the widest beach to run and play on, but there is thick, soft sand all day...even if it's only 10 feet or so at times. In November, we had the beach to ourselves EVERY DAY. We plan on going was THAT good!"
    Guest: State of Washington residents - Mokuleia wanna-bes Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 30, 2014
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North Shore Oahu Travel Tips

Oahu's North Shore has been attracting visitors for years due to its beautiful beaches and panoramic views. The area that makes up the North Shore is between Ka'ena Point and Kahuku Point and is located 28 miles from Waikiki.

The weather in Oahu is warm so be sure to pack your summer clothes no matter what season you're visiting. Since it'll be cool in the evenings, you may want to consider bringing along a sweater or light jacket. The average temperature in Oahu is between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit when the summer air is warmer and drier. Although it cools down between December and March, the trade winds keep the temperatures comfortable throughout the year.

North Shore Attractions

The area is best known for its massive waves and surfers from all over the world flock there to test them out. If you want to find the best surfing spots on the North Shore, be sure to visit Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach. However, the most notable surfing spot is Ehukai Beach, also known as Banzai Pipeline. Annual surfing competitions are held at the North Shore including the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing and the Billabong Pipeline Masters. These three competitions make up the Triple Crown of Surfing. Even if you've never been surfing, there are several surf schools on the North Shore that can help you get acquainted with a long board.

If you visit Oahu's North Shore during the summer months, you can expect to see calm waters that are perfect for snorkeling, diving and swimming. The water is crystal clear and the beaches are among the most beautiful in the world, so spending a lot of time here during your trip is a must.

You'll want to check out Waimea Valley where there's a world class botanical garden at Waimea Falls. You can also visit ancient Hawaiian cultural sites and learn more about the islands. Waimea Valley offers a North Shore Eco Tour and the Hawaiian Hiking Company will take you off the beaten path on a privately guided hike through the Hawaiian rainforest. If you want to get a bird's eye view of the North Shore, take skydiving and glider rides at Dillingham Airfield.

Keana Point State Recreation Area features rare native plants and the opportunity to spot sunbathing seals. Although there is no shade or fresh water, the point is still a sight to see as there are picturesque views and the chance to see humpback whales spouting and breaching from November through March. Bringing along a camera to Keana Point State Recreation Area is a must due to the incredible views and wildlife.

Things to Do in North Shore

Haleiwa: Shopping and dining are just some of the many things you can enjoy in the town of Haleiwa. Women's clothing stores include Silver Moon Emporium, Island X Hawaii, Patagonia and Growing Keiki. There are also a number of surf shops including North Shore Boardriders Club, Tropical Rush and Strong Current where you can pick up your gear as you get ready for surfing lessons. If you want to grab a bite to eat in Haleiwa, be sure to stop by Opal Thai. This food truck is one of the best in town and offers a unique dining experience. You'll find what some may argue is the best shrimp on Oahu at Macky's Kahuku Sweet Shrimp Truck. Don't fight off the urge to sink your teeth into a delicious cupcake. Waialua Bakery offers delectable desserts as well as healthy sandwiches.

Mokuleia Beach Park: While in the North Shore, don't forget to check out Mokuleia Beach Park, the filming location for the popular television show "Lost." The park is located on a remote part of the island's northwest point and is 10 miles from the nearest store. This isolated area looks like a deserted island, and is surrounded by turquoise water and powder white sand. Expect to encounter sea turtles and other marine life. You can spend a whole day without seeing another individual at this picture-perfect secret find.

Puu O'Mahuka Heiau: This viewpoint and religious site offers panoramic views from a bluff located high over Waimea Bay. Puu O'Mahuka Heiau is on the National Register of Historic Places and was once the site of human sacrifices. The land of Puu O'Mahuka Heiau covers 2 acres and historians believe it may have been constructed as early as the 1600s. Today, there is a path that leads you to Heiau and the stone walls that outline it.

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