If you have ever been to Hawaii then its most likely that you probably visited Honolulu, the capital city of Hawaii on the island of Oahu for at least part of your stay. Honolulu is the main city on the island and the location of the International airport where most international flights arrive and depart. Both Jetstar Airways and Hawaiian Airlines depart and arrive from here to and from Australia and it is the gateway to the other Hawaiian islands including Maui, Kauai and the Big Island.
About a 15 minute drive from Honolulu International Airport is Waikiki Beach, the main tourist area in Oahu and for that matter the whole of the Hawaiian Islands. While Waikiki Beach is certainly beautiful and where a lot of the action happens no trip would be complete without a visit to the magical and relaxed North Shore. These are the top 6 reasons why:
1/ It is green and luscious. There are lots of big open spaces and not very many resorts in sight. It reminds us of what the old Hawaii may have been like before the south shore of Hawaii became such a popular tourist destination.
2/ Depending on the time of the year watching the locals paddle onto the big waves of Waimea Bay or Pipeline is incredible and not to be missed (even if you are not an avid surfer).
3/ A stroll through the town of Haleiwa is relaxed and there are some great little boutiques on the side of the road to discover as well as Haleiwa Bowls; super famous for some of the best acai bowls on the island.
4/ Eating from one of the famous food trucks on the side of the road on your way out of Haleiwa if approaching from the East or the way into Haleiwa if approaching from the West. Giovanni’s, the shrimp truck is one of the most famous.
5/ Cruising along the open roads between Waikiki and the North Shore. The back drop of the mountains amongst the palm trees is pure bliss.
6/ Watching the sunset at Lei Lei’s Bar & Grill at Turtle Bay Resort.
Have you been to the North Shore? Do you have a favourite thing to do there? Tell us in the comments below!