While the North Shore of Oahu sees its fair share of visitors, the lodging choices are somewhat limited. That's because the bulk of the Oahu hotels can be found in Honolulu, and more specifically, the neighborhood of Waikiki. That being said, there are a handful of hotels in Haleiwa that you can consider staying at when planning a North Shore getaway. The central location of Haleiwa, and the fact that it is the North Shore's largest community, help make it a popular place to stay for North Shore visitors, especially in the winter. Since wintertime is the peak season for North Shore travel, the Haleiwa hotels can fill up fast during this time, so it's always a good idea to book ahead.
The winter months see the arrival of the huge waves that make North Shore surfing so legendary, and as such, top Haleiwa hotels such as the Santa's by the Sea Bed & Breakfast can fill up fast during these months. The Santa's by the Sea B&B offers what is arguably the most complete Haleiwa lodging experience, as you will find a range of convenient amenities. The apartment-style unit here boasts a fully equipped kitchen, and internet access and cable TV are also included. A DVD player and a CD player are among the amenities, and you are free to take advantage of the available movie and music selections. While the bed and breakfasts here can't serve cooked breakfasts because of a local ordinance, your kitchen will be stocked with eggs, fruits, breads, and other breakfast supplies.
Outside the cozy and convenient guest quarters, a barbecue grill, a beachfront gazebo, beach chairs, and an outdoor shower are some of the amenities you will have at your disposal. One of the best things about the Santa's by the Sea B&B is its beachfront location near the famed Banzai Pipeline surf spot. While the rates at the Santa's by the Sea B&B are high for the hotels in Haleiwa, they are worth every penny. The location is ideal, and the amenities are hard to beat.
The Haleiwa hotels aren't exactly like standard chain hotels, and for many travelers, that is a good thing. One of the unique Haleiwa lodging options is the Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, which offer spacious apartment-style guest units that are a little more affordable than the Santa's by the Sea B&B. All of these guest units, which are within steps of the beach, boast a fully equipped kitchen, cable TV, a telephone, and ample furnishings. They also feature their own hammocks, barbecue grills, and picnic tables, which come in handy when the weather is nice—as it usually is. Both garden-view bungalows and beachfront bungalows are available at Ke Iki, and as one might imagine, the beachfront bungalows cost more to rent. There are eleven units to choose from, and if you're planning an Oahu wedding or honeymoon, you might look to stay in the Orchid Bungalow, which the hotel deems to be its honeymoon suite. This deluxe one-bedroom unit features a king-size bed, a covered dining balcony, and a large downstairs deck, which helps make it a great place to relax.
When looking for your ideal Haleiwa accommodations, you might consider the Relax at The Alternative Green B&B, especially if you're looking for a good deal. While not the cheapest rooms on the island, the three guest units are well-priced. Two of the rooms share a bathroom, and while all the guest units are fairly basic, most guests don't come here to hang around the hotel all day. Historic Haleiwa Town is a short walk from the Relax at The Alternative Green B&B , and you can also stroll to some great beaches if you want to go swimming, snorkeling, or surfing, though the surf conditions will likely dictate which beach activities you'll be able to enjoy. Breakfasts are prepared for guests here, as are other meals if you are interested, and you can even participate in a cooking workshop during your stay. Other workshops revolve around massage, yoga, gardening, and organic cuisine. Surfing lessons are also available.
Hawaii can be a relatively expensive state to travel in, and if your budget doesn't allow for the pricier hotels in Haleiwa, then a stay at the Backpackers Vacation Inn and Plantation Village might be in order. This value-priced Haleiwa lodging option offers both dorm-style units and private rooms, and the location near the Pupukea Beach Marine Sanctuary is hard to find fault with. Three Table Beach, which is a top snorkeling and surfing destination, depending on the month, is part of the Pupukea Beach Marine Sanctuary, so you can take advantage of its proximity. When you're relaxing at the beach during your stay at the Backpackers Vacation Inn and Plantation Village, the hotel's barbecue and picnic areas are also great places to hang out. Should you book one of the more expensive cabins or guest rooms at the hotel, you can also prepare meals in your fully equipped kitchen. Cable TV and a private bathroom are among the amenities in the deluxe units. Communal kitchens are available for those who book one of the cheaper rooms. The Backpackers Vacation Inn and Plantation Village is one of the hotels in Haleiwa that all visitors will want to consider as it offers a great location and plenty of diversity when it comes to the room choices.
Image: Keiki Beach Bungalows