Situated on Oahu’s North Shore, Sunset Beach’s name says it all. The colors in a Hawaiian sunset are unforgettable, and Sunset Beach is a dramatic place to watch the sun sink below the horizon. Be sure to stay a little while beyond sunset, when the painted sky’s various shades of pink, purple, gold, and blue deepen even more before fading to dusk.
Beyond its glorious sunsets, Sunset Beach is also well known for the large surfing swells in winter. Only experienced surfers should consider surfing this break, where waves commonly reach 15-30 feet in winter months. Along with nearby Waimea Bay and Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach is home to the Triple Crown Surfing Contest. If you’re on Oahu during winter, watching experienced and professional surfers on this break gives spectators a whole new appreciation for the sport. The swell breaks further out from the beach, so binoculars can be handy.
In summer, the water at Sunset Beach Oahu flattens out into a tranquil swimming haven. Bring snorkel gear and descend into the underwater world to explore the pinnacle reef and colorful marine life.
Sunset Beach is a great spot to spend the day. Pack a picnic to enjoy on the shore or at a picnic table in the grassy area. This is a lifeguarded beach, and restrooms and outdoor showers are available.
Planning Your Excursion to Sunset Beach Oahu
Sunset Beach is located 15 minutes past the charming north shore town of Haleiwa. As you drive along Highway 83, you will see a Sunset Beach State Park sign on the left hand side. The beach is visible along the highway. The surf town of Haleiwa is a good spot to browse shops and grab a bite to eat while on the North Shore.
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