Turtle Bay is a crescent bay on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, between Kawela Bay and Kuilima Point. Attractions abound along the coastline, including Sunset Beach, Banzai Pipeline and the Polynesian Cultural Center. Nearby Waimea Bay, world famous for big wave surfing, is mentioned in the Beach Boys&#039; song, &quot;Surfin&#039; USA.&quot; Turtle Bay Resort maintains five miles of beach, offering guests spectacular scenery, white sands and pristine waters, as well as an array of water and land activities available on-site. During your vacation in Turtle Bay, you&#039;ll be surrounded by the North Shore&#039;s exotic scenery and have activity options like kayaking, snorkeling and hiking.
Hawaii’s blue sky and water.
You can stay in a variety of accommodations in the area to enjoy secluded North Shore beaches and proximity to places like Kawela Bay and Bay View Beach Lawn. The 880-acre Turtle Bay Resort offers over 400 accommodations, including cottages, villas and guest rooms and suites. You can rent snorkeling gear, boogie boards and skim boards at the resort&#039;s Sand Bar shop. While at the resort, don&#039;t miss the &quot;Legends of the North Shore Luau,&quot; a festive dinner show held every Friday evening on Kahuku Terrace.
If you prefer more privacy, opt for one of two private villas at Turtle Bay Resort Ocean Villas on the beach in Kahuku. Or, the Hale Kai Villa offers 2,391 square feet with four large bedrooms, living area, private pool, Jacuzzi, courtyard, gas grill, lounge chairs and exclusive parking. This option is not for budget-minded travelers but for those who want to be pampered. A private chef can prepare four-course meals for you, your group and your guests.
Swimming and Snorkeling
Visit Kuilima Cove, where there&#039;s a picturesque, relatively secluded beach with crystal-clear water — one of the safest beaches for swimming on the North Shore. The cove, on eastern edge of the the bay, is ideal for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling. A natural rock barrier protects the cove from the surf, which provides a serene snorkeling environment. The water is calm, clear and typically only about neck deep. Snorkelers see multitudes of fish — like unicorn fish, jacks, goat fish and tang — over coral flats punctuated with large rocks. Kuilima Cove is a good choice for beginner snorkelers, including children.
Kayaking and Marine Life
Turtle Bay offers opportunities for viewing the island&#039;s exotic marine life from a kayak. Guided kayaking tours that depart from the Turtle Bay Resort lobby are offered by Shaka Kayaks. Join a two-hour guided tour of the North Shore to explore the calm, protected waters of Kawela Bay. View dozens of green sea turtles in their natural habitat as well as other marine life though the clear bottom of your kayak. You can relax and focus on enjoying the moment instead of taking photos; Shaka Kayak guides can take complimentary digital photos that are emailed to you after the trip.
In addition to the abundance of beach activities, you can explore the area&rsquo;s many hiking trails to see the beauty of Oahu&#039;s landscapes and tropical plant life. The west side of Turtle Bay has 12 miles of oceanfront trails for hiking. As you walk along the seaside pathways, listen to the sounds of birds and take in the greenery of ironwood trees and palms. Wear protective and quick-drying shoes, as pathways can be sandy and the water is never too far away.
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