Banzai Pipeline / 'Ehukai Beach Park

5 stars from 13 reviews
Address 59-337 Ke Nui Rd, Haleiwa, HI 96712
The famed Banzai Pipeline you've heard about or seen pictures of.

Features
• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Grassy Area
• Facilities: Lifeguard • Facilities: Picnic Tables
• Facilities: Showers • Type: Eddie Would Go
• Type: No Dogs Allowed • Type: Shady
• Parking: Good / Plenty • Surfing Level: Advanced

Matt Anderson's Take
If there is one beach in all of Hawaii that you've heard of it's... Waikiki. But, if there is a second beach it's probably Pipeline which is located in the Haleiwa area on the northshore of O'ahu.


Pipeline is actually a surf break located offshore and to the left of the beach. The actual name of the beach here is 'Ehukai Beach Park even if everyone will simply call it Pipeline.


During the summer months this place is often very calm (unless the ocean is angry) and you aren't going to see those famous monster waves that you've seen in pictures and movies. During the winter months, and assuming the ocean is doing its thing, is when you can see some big waves and amazing surfing.


It's during these winter days when the parking here will be filled up and then some and you'll have no chance of parking anywhere close to this place. Of course, when you see that many people here it's a sign that you want to be here! Find a place to park and walk back to enjoy whatever show is going on.


During the summer, at least during the week, this place is usually not crowded at all and a great place to relax, play in the sand, or jump in the clear, blue waters.


The beach here is very long and wide so there is plenty of room to spread out and you'll even find lifeguards, showers, bathrooms, and a grassy area with picnic tables. It's an all around great beach park.
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RUTH G
Joined: Feb 2018
Reviews: 5
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We were on a tour and stopped at the event for a few minutes. I talked about this on my weekly vlog, I discussed the noise the crashing waves made, along with the moving of the ground and how I gained so much respect for the surfers. The waves were extremely high and they had warned us, a few beaches earlier, not to even get on the sand, because the wave grabs you and no one is strong enough to get you out! It was exciting to see the surferes make it to the beach, only to head back out again. There were so many people all around and this was our very first trip to Hawaii, we enjoyed it so much that we have returned several times. This is a must see, if only for awhile, this will give you the perspective on how dangerous this really is and you will come out with so much respect for these athletes!
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Rebecca R
Joined: Jan 2018
Reviews: 15
Likes Received: 2
Lucky enough to go while winter waves were huge so this was an amazing place to see.
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Robin K
Joined: Feb 2017
Reviews: 10
Likes Received: 0
A perfect place to sit and watch amazingly skilled surfers show off their talent. We went in the early evening and sat and watched the sunset and the surfers riding 20' waves into the night. It was gorgeous!
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 790
Likes Received: 106
During the summer this is usually a pretty calm and boring beach. But when the winter waves start to hit it's an amazing place to experience. Love the sound of thunder as the waves crash and shake the ground below me. Tons of fun to watch the pros surf the monster waves here.
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Denise n
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 23
Likes Received: 2
Sat and watched monster energy competition all day. Mesmerizing!
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Kim--4309
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 146
Likes Received: 2
My favorite beach on the North Shore. It's always crowded, but the beach is HUGE so you can always find a spot. It's the perfect spot to watch the surfers in the winter... and the tourists in the summer. There's plenty of food trucks nearby, but I recommend packing some food and drinks and just hanging for the day.
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sarah s
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 5
Likes Received: 1
Pipeline equals dream come true. If you visit in winter and the waves are huge you don't have to swim just watch the power of nature and enjoy watching the surfers. If there are no waves then it's still perfect. Aqua water, clean sand, can be hard to get a parking spot if the waves are cranking but not as bad as Waimea. We love pipe.
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Annette W
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 32
Likes Received: 3
Perfect in the summer for body surfing or boogie boarding. But in the winter the waves are for the pros, stay clear and be safe.
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chantel
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 426
Likes Received: 12
We were driving around north shore and came across Ehukai beach park. Glad we did amazing beach and the waves were huge. Makes me want to come back and watch the surfing. Worth stopping for and got some great photo moments. Will be back.
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Dawn G
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 26
Likes Received: 0
We were there on a day where the surf wasn't really high and we stilled learned the meaning of "crashing waves." This is a great beach to go and watch surfers and body boarders, but if you have small children then know this is a beach to go to, play in the sand and observe. Our kids were 7 and 9 when we visited here and we made sure they didn't go in the water. Although after one wave came crashing into the shore, it got their attention enough that they were content to play on the beach and ooh and ah over the big waves. All of the north shore beaches are nice and worth a visit. Some great photo ops here as well.
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