Known for its white-sand beaches and surfing meccas, the North Shore of Oahu is arguably one of the most beautiful regions in Hawaii. And on top of sea, surf, and sand, the island’s North Shore is home to ancient temples, diverse wildlife habitats, historic plantations, and much more. In this guide, we introduce you to six of the most fascinating attractions near the North Shore of Oahu. If you want to see everything this incredible region has to offer, you might be interested in a helicopter tour.
At Honolulu Helicopter Tours, we love nothing more than introducing visitors to this beautiful island that we call home. Over the years, we’ve grown to become one of Hawaii’s top-rated helicopter tour operators thanks to our highly experienced pilots, 100% safety rating, in-depth local expertise, and genuine for passion adventure. If you want to take in the view of the attractions detailed in this article from the sky, don’t hesitate to learn more about our flights.
Check out These Attractions along the North Shore of Oahu
During your dream trip to Hawaii, you simply need to make time to visit at least some of these amazing destinations near the North Shore of Oahu:
1. Waimea Valley
You can take in some of the most breath-taking views of the Waimea Valley while flying above it in a helicopter. The valley is home to one of Hawaii’s most diverse and colorful botanical gardens. While you’re here, it’s well worth hiking to the serene Waimea Falls.
2. Banzai Pipeline
The Banzai Pipeline is described by surfers as the ‘perfect wave’. Located just off Ehukai Beach Park, this incredible reef break engulfs surfers in a hollow, barreling wave that resembles a pipe. While it’s a mecca for professional surfers, the Banzai Pipeline is famously dangerous, best avoided if you’re a beginner. Still, you should definitely make time to visit this spectacle while exploring the North Shore of Oahu.
3. Laniakea Beach
If you enjoy wildlife watching, you can admire the Hawaiian green sea turtles that often bask on the shores of Laniakea Beach. In addition to being a popular feeding and sunbathing spot for turtles, the beach is a favorite with local swimmers and surfers.
Haleiwa is one of the most vibrant towns in which to embrace the famous Aloha Spirit of Hawaii. To immerse yourself in the local culture, you can explore the area’s multitude of surf shops, art galleries, and locally owned boutiques. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes serving traditional and contemporary Hawaiian fare.
5. Dole Plantation
Next up on our list of highlights near the North Shore of Oahu is the Dole Plantation, which was once the largest pineapple plantation in the world. Today, you can learn all about Hawaii’s agricultural legacy while exploring the farms and gardens. You can also get lost while navigating one of the world’s largest mazes.
6. Pu’u o Mahuka Heiau
Spread across an area of over two acres, the Pu’u o Mahuka Heiau offers panoramic views of the North Shore of Oahu from its hilltop location. Dating back to the 17th century, the Pu’u o Mahuka Heiau is Oahu’s largest ancient Hawaiian temple, making it a must-visit site for those interested in Hawaii’s spiritual and cultural heritage.
Book a Helicopter Tour to the North Shore of Oahu and Beyond
The North Shore of Oahu is home to some of the island’s best cultural hotspots and scenic vistas. Just some of the region’s most famous attraction include Waimea Valley, the Banzai Pipeline, Laniakea Beach, and the Dole Plantation, but there are so many more places to see. If you want to soak up views of all Oahu’s highlights in under an hour, you should book one of our helicopter tours. Don’t hesitate to contact our experienced pilots to find out what you’ll see during a flight over the North Shore of Oahu.