With its beautiful beaches, iconic surfing spots, and charming seaside towns, Oahu’s North Shore is a treasure trove of exciting Hawaiian experiences. We’ve gathered the best tours and activities you can mix and match to build the perfect 1-Day Oahu North Shore itinerary. Check out our recommendations below.

Morning: Shark Cage Diving or Speedboat Adventure

Start your day with a thrilling adventure! Shark cage diving tours operate throughout the day, but mornings have the best visibility.

For a more relaxed alternative, join a morning tour takes you to see Hawaii’s marine life from the comfort of a speed boat.

Shark Diving

Shark Diving - North Shore Oahu
  • See sharks up close
  • Cage diving, viewing from the boat, and free swim options are available
  • Expert crew ensure your safety and comfort

Speed Boat Adventure

Speed Boat Adventure - North Shore Oahu
  • See dolphins, sharks, manta rays, and turtles all year round
  • See whales in winter (Dec to Mar)
  • 1.5-hour tour with daily departure

Lunch at Haleiwa Town

The cultural hub of North Shore is the perfect place to grab a bite for lunch. You’ll see plenty of mom-and-pop shops, colorful food trucks, as well as cozy cafes and bars.

Garlic Shrimp Plate
Shave Ice


For afternoon activities, you can go on a 2-hour glass-bottom kayak tour or enjoy coastal views on horseback. We’ve also added two off-the-beaten-path options for you to choose from. You can go on an off-road expedition or hike the Tropical Valley. Both come with a mountain pool swim.

Glass-Bottom Kayak

North Shore Glass Bottom Kayak Tour & Turtle Watch
  • Oahu’s only glass-bottom kayak tour
  • 2-hour guided ocean and river adventure
  • Great for both beginners and seasoned riders

Horseback Riding

North Shore Horseback Riding
  • Ride on Oahu’s most popular beachfront horseback trails
  • Daytime and sunset tours available
  • Caters to riders of all ages and levels

Off-Road Expedition with Mountain Pool Swim

North Shore Off-Road Expedition
  • Explore hidden areas of North Shore on an open-air 4×4 Pinzgauer
  • Visit private areas only accessible on this 3-hour off-road expedition
  • Swim in a secluded freshwater pool

Tropical Valley Hiking & Mountain Pool Swim

North Shore Tropical Valley Hike with Mountain Pool Swim
  • Hike past exquisite freshwater pools
  • Enjoy the best mountain swimming on the islands
  • Hear stories about the land from your guide


There’s no better way to cap a day full of adventure than with food and festivities. Join one of North Shore’s luaus and experience the true spirit of aloha.

Toa Luau

Toa Luau
  • A traditional, family-run luau with cultural activities
  • Delicious Polynesian dinner buffet
  • Includes admission to Waimea Valley

Polynesian Cultural Center Luau

Polynesian Cultural Center Luau
  • Choose from three dining packages with live entertainment
  • Watch “Ha: Breath of Life,” a stunning evening show featuring over 100 Polynesian performers
  • Taste kalua pig and other local specialties

Build the Perfect North Shore Itinerary

The above tours and activities are just some of the best we have to offer. If you want to see more of what you can do on Oahu’s Noth Shore, click here. And if you do end up following this itinerary, don’t forget to let us know what you think. We hope you have tons of fun and a pocketful of memories!