Haleiwa, on the island of Oahu, is a great place to surf, swim, or just relax on the beach. Adventurous travelers can take an air tour on a small aircraft, skydive, or hang glide over the ocean. Walking tours that showcase the waterfalls and gardens and horseback-riding tours through the tropical rainforest are a couple of other ways to explore the area.
The many beaches in Haleiwa offer a variety of recreational opportunities. Waialua Bay is excellent for scuba diving while Shark’s Cove is best for snorkeling and diving. There is a scenic swimming hole in front of the waterfall at Waimea Falls and tons of surf schools along the shores. In the winter, surfing competitions are held on the North Shore beaches, where the waves can be as high as thirty feet. Whale-watchers will also enjoy the winter months. The temperatures in Haleiwa are moderate even in the summer and winter, but there are many rainy days throughout the year.
Hostels in Haleiwa are located on or near the beach and there are several from which to choose. The hostels offer dorm rooms, private rooms, and tents (tents and larger dorms are the least expensive options). Haleiwa hostel amenities can include bike and surfboard rentals, snorkeling equipment, boogie boards, and gyms.
There are many restaurants along the Kamehameha Highway; local cuisine consists of Hawaiian dishes such as Kalula pig, poke (a type of raw fish), pipikaula (similar to smoked beef or jerky), haupia (a coconut milk pudding), saimin (a type of soup with noodles), and mahimahi.