Welcome to Windward Coast

Many repeat visitors make this laid-back community their island base, whether they intend to kayak, stand up paddle (SUP), snorkel, dive, drive around the island or just laze on the sand. To the south, more beautiful beaches (and good food) await in Waimanalo. North up the coast, Kamehameha Hwy narrows into a winding two-lane road with a dramatic oceanfront on one side and small rural farms, towns and frequent sheer cliffs on the other.

The coast is the main part of the round-island drive that also circles through the North Shore. Don't be surprised if you want to hit the brakes and stay a while.

Top experiences in Windward Coast

Windward Coast activities

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Photo Hawaii Circle Island Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Halona Blowhole, Oahu, HawaiiWatch the Sunrise from Sandy Beach. A great vantage point for the Halona Blow and the sun lighting up the morning sky. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Makapu'u Beach, Waimanalo, Oahu, HawaiiCapture photo of this landscape on the high cliffs overlooking the bay. Ask your guide to point out turtles and whales when here. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Waimanalo Beach, Waimanalo, Oahu, HawaiiWalk a deserted beach that will take your breath away. Lined with old Australian pines, you will ask to stay here all day. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Koolaus Mountains, Oahu, HawaiiPhotograph majestic mountains not seen by many travelers. We found a great spot to stand in awe while viewing the cliffs of the Ko'olaus.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Kalapawai Historic Market, Kailua, Oahu, HawaiiSit down and enjoy a local spot for coffee and the best breakfast burrito in town at this 85-year-old market. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Byodo-In Temple, Kaneohe, Oahu, HawaiiA wonderful place that you should not miss while on Oahu. Built to commemorate the first Japanese immigrates to Hawaii, you will be able to photograph this template with its amazing backdrop. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Kualoa Regional Park, Oahu, HawaiiCheck out Chinamans Hat. This island has been used in countless films. Ask your guide to snap a photo of you wearing the hat. It's hilarious!Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Kahana Bay Beach Park, Oahu, HawaiiWe take a drive up the coast looking for sleeping monks seals on the beach. If we spot one, we will make sure to get some photos of this rare marine mammal. Stop At: Laie Point State Wayside Park, Laie, Oahu, HawaiiA great location to see how powerful the ocean can be. Watch the waves crash upon the sea cliffs and witness the destruction on the 1946 Tsunami that hit Hawaii. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Kahuku Farms, Kahuku, Oahu, HawaiiGrab a locally grown snack. Pineapples, Mango, Coconut and of course the Banana Lupia are must try at this side road stop on the North Shore. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Kawela Bay, Kahuku, Oahu, HawaiiA secret bay with the largest Banyan tree on Oahu. Play Tarzan on the vines of this magnificent tree.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Banzai Pipeline, Pupukea, Oahu, HawaiiWatch the most dangerous wave in the world and photograph the surfers risking their lives trying to tame this beast.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Sharks Cove, Pupukea, Oahu, HawaiiA great part of the landscape, sharks cove has many different faces. Depending on the time of year, you might capture massive waves crashing on its cliffs or you could see clear into the water and thing you could touch the reef below. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Laniakea Beach, Haleiwa, Oahu, HawaiiLets find some turtles!!! This is where we will have the greatest chance to find turtles. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Dole Plantation, Wahiawa, Oahu, HawaiiAs we head back into town, we make a stop at the Dole Plantation to taste the famous Dole Whip. Your guide will ask you trivia questions about your day, and if you answer correctly, you will get a free Dole Whip.Duration: 20 minutes

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