Chun's is a reef break located off a beautiful stretch of beach right in the middle of the 7-miles of North Shore surf breaks. In the '60s, local surfer John Chun would often bring his children to surf this spot, as the break in front of his nearby home was dangerous. A friend started calling it "Chun's Reef," and the name stuck.
AT A GLANCE:
HIGHLIGHTS: This is a popular surf break with all levels of surfers. The wide beach also offers shade, soft sand, and rocks to climb and explore. If the water is completely calm (rare), it's a wonderful spot for snorkeling. There are sandy patches among the rocks that are good for swimming.
ACTIVITIES: Surfing, body boarding, sunning, fishing, snorkeling, swimming
WARNINGS!: The currents can be strong here, and much of the shore is lined with reef and rock.
AMENITIES: Parking along the side of the road.
Depending on the time of year and the conditions of the day, Chun's Reef can be a great spot for beginning as well as advanced surfers. Because of this, it is typically quite crowded. It is a famous longboarding spot, and regardless of the time of year the sand is usually packed with surfers and families enjoying the sun and beautiful views.
Laniakea Beach, also known as Turtle Beach, is right next-door and offers close-up views of the beautiful and protected Green Sea Turtles, so be sure to stop off and see them while you're at Chun's.
Closest town: Haleiwa
Directions: Chun's Reef is about three miles from Haleiwa, right off of Kamehameha Highway. It is the second beach access point, right next to Laniakea Beach (turtle beach). You'll see a bunch of cars pulled off to the side of the road.