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Three Tables Beach, North Shore

Oahu, HI
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Three Tables Beach, North Shore, Oahu Hawaii

Description

A shallow, mellow swim in sparkling-clear pretty waters is what you can expect at Three Tables Beach during the summer. There are some lovely square black rock formations on your left and three rock tables out to sea. Families like this beach because there's a lot of shade under the abundant trees and the waters are calm near to shore. You can snorkel near the three tables- don't swim out there on rough days though. During the winter and spring this beach is sometimes closed due to dangerous conditions. On weekends this small beach is packed with people so come early.
To the north of Three Tables Beach is Shark's Cove. It is very shallow and not that good for swimming but people come here to snorkel. It is super nice to walk down the path to Shark's Cove and spend some time peering into the rock pools. You can see tropical fish of all varieties right in front of you.
A cheap place to stay up on the North Shore is across the street from Three Tables Beach- Backpackers youth hostel, which has a fun BBQ every night. For a little more luxury, you can stay in their private vacation rooms right on Three Tables Beach. They aren't that clean but the location is amazing, and you can join the BBQ if you stay there too. I've had some fun weekends staying there.
There's a Foodland supermarket just a little further north along Kamehameha Hwy, where you can stock up on food.
This beach has no restrooms or showers.
Beaches on the North Shore from west to east are: Haleiwa Alii Beach, a less-appealing beach, but great spot to learn to surf; Turtle Beach, a small beach where you can see turtles lazing on the sand; Waimea Bay, where you can have an incredible, refreshing swim in the clearest water or relax on a large yellow-sand beach; Pipeline Beach, where you can watch surf culture; Sunset Beach, which has large winter waves for surfers; and Turtle Bay Hilton Beach, a pretty and magical spot but with more chance of bad weather.

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Trees provide shade higher up on the beach.
Trees provide shade higher up on the beach.
The perfect water to swim in!
The perfect water to swim in!
Kids playing at the shore.
Kids playing at the shore.
Kayaker and snorkelers at one of the three flat rocks.
Kayaker and snorkelers at one of the three flat rocks.
Busy summer weekend at Three Tables Beach.
Busy summer weekend at Three Tables Beach.
Three Tables Beach in April, closed due to high surf.
Three Tables Beach in April, closed due to high surf.
Water crashing on one of the "three tables."
Water crashing on one of the "three tables."
A wonderful swim!
A wonderful swim!
The youth hostel's individual rooms.
The youth hostel's individual rooms.
Afternoon shade.
Afternoon shade.
Sitting and taking in the ocean air.
Sitting and taking in the ocean air.
Australian pine and wave.
Australian pine and wave.
An abundance of lovely sand.
An abundance of lovely sand.
Looking toward the north.
Looking toward the north.
 

Directions

Heading north along Kamehameha Hwy, Three Tables Beach is the first beach after Waimea Bay. There is a pullout from the road and a row of free parking spaces.
Backpackers Youth Hostel and Vacation Inn, 59-788 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, call (808) 638-7838.


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Visitor Ratings

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Passion
02/08/2011 20:21
Perfect!

edie
02/10/2010 15:00
Smiles and kindness, colours, smells, tastes... Pure hawaii

Austin
10/06/2009 14:54
Always was my favorite beach!!!!

Last Updated Sat, 05 Mar 2016 15:43:48 GMT