Top Five Waterfalls On Oahu

 

Rainy days in Hawaii Nei, though they be but scarce, sprout beautiful rainbows and revive the island’s waterfalls. The next time it rains and pours, take a trip off-road into the rainforest terrain for adventure to these top five waterfalls.

WAIMEA FALLS

Located at the end of a paved trail, Waimea Falls is a 45-ft waterfall and 100% worth the park admission fee. With a changing room, life vests available, and a life guard on duty, you can feel free to bring the keiki for a refreshing dip in the freshwater pools.

JACKASS GINGER POOLS

The 1-mile loop off Nu’uanu’s Judd trail brings you to several 10-ft falls that cascade into a beautiful freshwater pool. With a rope swing already on site it’s perfect for a day full of relaxation and fun.

MAUNAWILI FALLS

A relatively easy hike along Maunawili stream through coffee, kukui nut, and monkey pod trees bring you to a deep swimming pool with various height boulders ranging from 10-ft to 60-ft to jump from. Partially paved, the hike offers exceptional views of the picturesque landscape.

MANOA FALLS

Nestled in the mountainside close to Waikiki, the popular landmark is a 1.6-mile hike on a very well taken care path. The 150-ft falls are truly a sight to behold, complemented by the scenery. The only con to these falls is the crowd. You will have to use some creative angles to keep your Instagram posts “stranger-free”.

LAIE FALLS

For those with ample time on their hands, head to the north shore and take a 7-mile hike through bamboo, guava, and pine to a quiet 15-ft waterfall pouring into a serene pool. Though this hike is long and requires a permit, it is well worth it and not crowded.

Hawaii is home to endless amounts of adventure and fun for the whole family. Rainy days and waterfalls are just two of the many gifts that the islands keep on giving. Book a snorkeling lesson, Segway tour, surfboard rental, bike session, or even a Lunar Legends Lagoon Tour right here on the website! You name it, we’ve got it. Here at North Shore Explorers we are firm believers in letting Hawaii happen.

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North Shore Beach Guide: The Top 6 North Shore Beaches to Check Out on Oahu

The North Shore of Oahu is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. In a recent survey conducted by The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, about three and a half million visitors make their way to the North Shore at some point in their stay. Below is a list of our favorite beaches on the north side, we hope you have the chance to check them out!

Ali`i Beach Park has some of the best surfing waves on the North Shore and was dubbed “Ali’I Beach” in the early 1900’s. It’s surf break hovers over a shallow reef which provides clean, yet dangerous, conditions. There is a lifeguard on duty and public restrooms, which welcomes lots of families throughout the year.

Haleʻiwa Beach Park is definitely family-friendly. With a nice area to picnic and play, and a space to wade in the water, Hale`iwa Beach Park is long, safe and sandy. It sits close enough to Ali`i Beach to see seasoned surfers and big waves without binoculars and a nasty current.

Laniakea Beach, otherwise known as Turtle Beach, is a popular stopping place for tourists. There are no parking stalls designated for this beach, however most visitors park along the adjacent highway. If traveling with children, beware of the oncoming traffic. In recent years, the everyday crowd has grown, most often to see a glimpse of the handful of turtles that visit the beach daily.

Waimea Bay Beach Park is the most popular of North Shore breaks. During the winter the waves can reach thirty feet. If visiting the beach park during one of these swells, be sure to stay clear of the water, but take the time to enjoy the breathtaking, awe-inspiring site. Though there is a parking lot at Waimea, it is almost always full, be prepared to walk a little bit before setting up your beach gear.

Banzai, Pipeline is located directly across from Sunset Beach Elementary School. “Pipe”, as the locals call it, is the longest continuous stretch of wide beach on Oahu and is home to some of the best surfing in the world. Parking is limited and lifeguards are on site.

Sunset Beach, known for its beautiful Hawaiian sunsets, may be the most famous of the North Shore beaches. Pack some water, food and sunscreen and plan to stay for a while – you won’t regret it.

If you aren’t already in Hawai`i, we hope that you plan the time to pay us a visit. We may be a little biased here at North Shore Explorers, but we’re pretty sure the North Shore holds the most beautiful beaches on O`ahu. Whether you live on the island and need a little help navigating your way around or are coming in from the mainland and need a lot of help planning a vacation, give us a call! Let us help you explore, it’s what we do!

Aloha,

The North Shore Explorer Team

North Shore Transport

Here at North Shore Explorers we believe that figuring out your island transport needs shouldn’t cause headaches. While planning your vacation check transportation off your list by arranging airport pick-up and drop-off (a 60-90 minute drive!) with our close friends at North Shore Transport (NST), This affordable transportation option allows you to appreciate the beautiful scenery on your way to any number of locations or events. Whether you are going to a wedding at the Marriott, to a restaurant in Haleiwa, hiking in Waimea Valley, to the Polynesian Cultural Center, to the grocery store, or from North Shore to Airport, let North Shore Transport get you there comfortably and safely.

Can it get any better? Yes it can. Each time you book a ride to the north shore with NST they give you a $25 credit towards a rental at Hele Huli Adventure Center located at Turtle Bay Resort. You know how much all of us here at North Shore Explorers love adventure and experiencing the beauty of the Hawaii, so if there’s one reason we love NST, this is it!

North Shore Transport is also the official transportation provider for patrons of Turtle Bay Resort’s Surfer [the bar]. Book a ride with confidence that your vehicle, driver and experience meet the highest standards of quality.

As if stress-free island transport, free rentals and excellence wasn’t enough – NST offers chartered vehicles. With this affordable option, you pay for a vehicle and a driver to take you (up to 11 passengers) anywhere, at any time for however long you choose. Personalize your drive with comforting add-ons like snacks, beverages, beach gear, you name it and they make it happen!

North Shore Transport is awesome. We trust our friends at NST to taking the stress of transportation out of your vacation. To see their complete list of services, prices, and to book a ride, visit their website www.NorthShoreTransport.com. The best part? You can even use their services to visit us at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Call North Shore Transport to set up your convenient North Shore ride, and give us a call or visit our Adventure Tours page to arrange your lunar legends lagoon tour with us here at the PCC. We can’t wait to see you!

Aloha,

The North Shore Explorers Team