The Atlantic isn’t the only ocean synonymous with a November pilgrimage. The North Pacific Ocean really starts to light up in November and surfers all over the world take part in the pilgrimage to the North Shore of Oahu. All those winter swells unleash their power on what’s known as the “7 Mile Miracle” – a stretch of beach that has some of the world’s best reef breaks, all within biking distance of each other. Surfer or not, watching the waves and surfers is an epic sight see in person. There are also amazing hikes, food, and other ocean activities to make Oahu a destination for any tropics lover. And the best part is you don’t have to be loaded to take a dip into the North Shore paradise. If you’re interested in checking it out or want to venture back for more, here’s some of my favorite places that won’t break your wallet.
Photos: Jeremiah Klein, Surfline
– Ho’o Nanea Hale: 59-222 B Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712
– Sharks Cove Rentals: 59-672 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712
– Camp Mokule`ia: 68-729 Farrington Highway, Waialua HI 96791
– Malaekahana Campground: 56-335 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, HI 96762
– Backpackers Vacation Inn & Hostel: 59-788 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712
– Any roadside truck or stand that smells delicious. Usuals are plate lunches with the works- teri fish, chicken, or beef, rice, mac or green salad.
– Fresh fruit & eggs from roadside stands.
– Kahuka Superette: the best poke ever.
– Da Pokeman Fish Market: second best poke and lots of other good stuff.
– Ted’s Bakery: baked treats galore and plate lunch
– Turtle Bay Resort: insanely good happy hours at most of their bars
– Surf: Surfline’s got the low down for you
– Lay on the beach like a sea turtle
– Snorkel or Dive
– Bikram Yoga North Shore: burn off those Ted’s hot cakes
– Bike ride on the path that goes along Kamehameha Highway
– Horse back ride
These two aren’t as budget-friendly as the other activities but definitely worth a shot if you have some extra dough:
– Skydive Hawaii
– Swim with sharks, preferably with a cage around you. Check out North Shore Shark Adventures. Mark Healey style shark swimming not recommended.
PACK: A handful of essentials…
– GoPro or iPhone water housing
– Sunscreen. More sunscreen.
– A wetsuit jacket for windy days (mens wetsuit jackets / womens wetsuit jackets)
– Wet/Dry bag
– Throw in a few bikinis/boardshorts, tees or a few dresses, a hat and you’re set
As far as getting there goes, sites like kayak.com are super helpful for finding cheap flights. Hope you get a chance to check it out soon… Aloha