A Day Trip to Hawaii’s North Shore

Woman taking a photo of herself on top of a mountain

Located along Waikiki’s marina, Prince Waikiki is the perfect place to kick back poolside, indulge in delicious meals, or unwind at Naio Bliss spa. However, for those interested in exploring all that Oʻahu has to offer, a journey to the island’s legendary North Shore might be the way to spend a day of your Hawaiian vacation. Just a short drive away, the North Shore is a must for those searching for classic Hawaiian vibes. So, if you’re planning to head up the coast, here are some of our recommendations for a fun and exciting trip.

Check out the art scene in Haleʻiwa

Known for its laid-back atmosphere, friendly locals, and untethered access to natural wonders, it’s easy to get inspired by Haleiwa. For many, the first thing that comes to mind when they hear Haleiwa is surfing. It is a historic surf-town, after all! And while there’s plenty of surf to see, one side of this lively town that is often overlooked is its art and social scene!

Photo of colourful shave ice

Consider spending the day enjoying Hawaii’s favorite treat, shave ice, while you meander down colorful streets visiting amazing art galleries. Both Haleiwa Art Gallery and Waimea Blue North Shore Art Gallery are great places to check out local artists, but the twists and turns of this vibrant town are sure to take you past some incredible storefronts you just won’t be able to resist.

Bring your walking shoes and go for a hike!

Woman hiking overlooking views of the mountain range

At Prince Waikiki, you are only a 28-mile drive from some of the most picturesque hikes in the world. Pack your hiking shoes and hit the road (or trail) — nature is calling. Avid hikers and casual walkers alike can find a hike suitable for their skill level. Kaʻena Point Trail follows an old railroad bed along the coast to Ka‘ena Point Natural Area Reserve, a remote and scenic protected area full of native plants and seabirds. Trek through the lush forest on the Mokuleia Trail and find yourself at the top of a mountain overlooking the majestic Makua Valley. There is no wrong choice when it comes to hikes on the North Shore!

Visit the Dole Plantation

Picture of a waterfall and greenery at the Dole Plantation

One of the most popular tourist attractions on the North Shore is the Dole Plantation. Known as the “Pineapple Experience”, you can tour the property while learning about the history of the pineapple and its roots in Hawaii, stroll through magnificent gardens and mazes, try delicious treats, and more. Don’t forget to sample the famous Dole Whip while you’re there and pick up some fresh pineapple to enjoy on your journey back to Prince Waikiki. We’d say to ‘enjoy at Prince Waikiki’, but we are confident it won’t last the car ride back. It’s just too delicious to resist!

Sun, Sand, and Surfing

Photo of the ocean with a mountain in the background

You didn’t think we could make a list of things to do on the North Shore without mentioning surfing and beach days, did you? Whether you spend an afternoon watching the professionals shred the Banzai Pipeline or taking a surf lesson and trying out this incredible sport, playing in the waves is a must on your Hawaiian vacation. Not sure if surfing is your thing? Not to worry, there are countless other water-based activities to participate in! The snorkeling, Jet Ski, and swimming opportunities are endless. All you need is a beach and some blue water. We recommend Hukilau Beach, Sunset Beach, and Waimea Bay to start, but there truly isn’t a bad strip of sand on the North Shore.

Learn about Polynesian culture

Polynesian art at the Polynesian Culture Center

At the Polynesian Cultural Center, located in Laie, you can learn all about Polynesian culture through immersive experiences like traditional song and dance performances, dining options, education sessions, and more. The beautiful center has six island villages representing the unique island cultures of Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tahiti, and Tonga to give guests a well-rounded education and perspective on Polynesia culture. Once you leave the Polynesian Cultural Center, you’ll undoubtedly have a better understanding and appreciation for our home island and its people.

Find more on the North Shore

Whether you want to relax at the beach, learn more about Hawaiian and Polynesian culture, or get your heart pounding on a hike through the mountains, the North Shore has so much to offer guests of Prince Waikiki. Be sure to plan a day to visit during your Hawaiian vacation. And speaking of Hawaiian vacations, start planning yours today by exploring our amazing deals and special offers.