We will be traveling to Oahu in January for the first time. I am curious on what the water will be like on the north shore in the winter months. They say it has big waves but some of the places are protected by reefs. Does that mean it will be safe for my children (7 and 12) to go in the water?
Also, if you have been and know of any great vacation rentals… please let me know. Thanks!
January is the best time to watch the waves on the north shore because the break is huge. It is completely unsafe for anyone to go into the water, except experienced surfers and bodyboarders with paddles. Lifeguards will come down off their towers and tell you when you need to stay out of the water.
Leeward and windward sides are much nicer in January, with almost no wave action. If you plan on watching, north shore is incredible. If you’re swimming, go somewhere else.