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Discover The Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort is where you head to when seeking a peaceful setting in the North Shore countryside, away from other Oahu resorts.  You will find Turtle Bay Oahu nestled on the north tip of the island.  It’s truly the only “isolated getaway” amongst the competing resorts on Oahu, and yet still loaded with many amenities and activities, including the popular Turtle Bay Golf Course, new restaurants, and a new featured spa.

Turtle Bay Resort lobby sitting area, with an open air view of palm trees and the ocean.

Turtle Bay Surroundings

Turtle Bay Coast lined with a sandy beach as far as the eye can see.Turtle Bay Coast

Turtle Bay Resort Oahu resides on 840 acres of natural rustic coastline.  You might be curious about the hotel  accommodations, amenities, and hospitality of the staff, but it’s really all about the surrounding natural beauty that makes this place so special.

Even some of the new renovations include a huge green roof project, where many of the visible roofs are covered with plants and rock gardens to blend in with the natural landscaping.

Turtle Bay Resort Drone Photo capturing the hotel and surrounding coast on both sides.Turtle Bay Resort Drone Photo

You’ll start to get the picture after driving deep into the North Shore countryside, past Sunset Beach and pretty much away from everything.  You know you’re close when you start driving along an extensive hibiscus flower hedge, that fences off a pristine golf course on the other side.

Turtle Bay Resort Bay

Arrive at a welcoming gate, and the staff will help direct you around as the grounds that are quite extensive.  After you pass the tennis courts, beach cottages, and ocean villas, you will find the triple winged hotel strategically positioned on a gulf tip, surround entirely by beautiful Pacific.

Turtle Bay Resort Beach

Turtle Bay Resort Beach, also known as Kuilima Cove. A sandy crest moon-shaped bay, surrounded with grass beach umbrellas.Turtle Bay Resort Beach

Turtle Bay has a few surrounding beaches.  Kuilima Cove is the closest and located next to the main hotel on the righthand side.  Roy's Beach House open-air restaurant overlooks this beautiful cove.  You'll find large tropical grass umbrella for shade, and private beach cabanas off to the side that can be rented.

Stables Beach, Kawela Bay, Keiki Cove, and Hidden Beach are neat discoveries with short 10 to 20 minute walks from the resort.  These are more isolate and rustic beaches that are usually quite and without crowded.

Turtle Bay Resort Beach Cove CabanasTurtle Bay Beach Cove Cabanas

Your stay at Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort open air Off The Lip Bar that overlooks a colorful line of surfboards that line a walkway down to the pool area.Off The Lip Bar

A $52 million renovation of the main hotel exterior, golf course, and surrounding grounds recently took place in 2019.  Turtle Bay is also working on expanding the resort by adding 750 units, including some permanent residents, and temporary glamping yurts.  Close to 80% of the natural surrounds will be preserved in the process...

Turtle Bay Resort Pool

You have a few choices for your stay, including the main hotel which features 375 hotel rooms and 31 additional epic suites –all newly renovated.  While the hotel rooms give you 475 sq feet of space, the suites start at 1200 sq feet of living space, and scale up to 2200 for the Presidential Suites.

The Turtle Bay Resort Ocean Villas also get quite sizable for larger parties, and range from a studio up to a 4 bedroom condo.  The nice thing about the Villas are that they also have their own private pool, Jacuzzi tub, and outdoor kitchen/barbecue grounds.

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There is no skimping on the amenities and fixtures, which includes flat screen TVs, Bose sound system, i-pod docking station, sub zero frig, wolf cook-top, Brazilian Chestnut floors, washer & dryer, granite counter tops…I think you get the point!

The 42 Luxury Beach Cottages are more my style.  They are smaller than the villas (750 to 850 sq ft), but offer a cozier feel with some welcoming features, including a soaking tub, Brazilian Walnut floors, 15 ft high ceilings, and an opening wall that leads out to your private lanai.

Rates obviously vary from the size of rooms and calendar dates.  General ranges start from $300 for a standard single room on the off season, to $2000 for a premier suite during the holiday season.  There are deals to be found, so make sure you do a little research before securing your reservation.  Even the Turtle Bay Resort site has a promotion section.

Activities at Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort Poolside Cabana, overlooking the pool, palm trees, and ocean.Turtle Bay Poolside Cabana

With 840 acres of surrounding beauty, Turtle Bay Oahu has some great activities lined up for you!  Whether you simply want to relax at one of the 2 pools, receive a massage in a tree house, stroll on the private 5-mile beach, go for a horseback ride, swing the golf clubs, or learn how to surf in the bay…it’s all waiting for you and more!

Turtle Bay Resort Pool with lounging water chairs.Turtle Bay Resort Pool

Polynesian Cultural Center

"Hā: Breath of Life" is a mesmerizing and dynamic Polynesian show at the Polynesian Cultural Center that tells a captivating story through music, dance, and fire, showcasing the vibrant cultures of Polynesia. 🔥🌺

Book your ticket now before they sell out...especially popular selections. There are a few different packages available including different options such as transportation, luau dinner, and a popular night show called Ha "Breath of life".

Bus Pick up from Waikiki starts at 10 am, and later pick ups for evening luau packages & show only.  Book your tickets

There is so much to see and discover at the Polynesian Cultural Center that you will need at least a couple of days to explore it all!  And you will be happy to know that your entrance ticket is now good for 3 days beyond your first visit, if you wish to return and experience additional shows and village areas.

Experience the North Shore from Above

North Shore Helicopter Ride

One of the most amazing experiences is taking it all in from above!  Words can't explain flying just a few hundred feet up in an open-door helicopter above the rustic coastline taking in panoramic views from Turtle Bay to Kaiena Pt, including Waimea Bay, Famous Pipeline, Haleiwa Town, and much much more.  Explore an once in an life time experience...

Tennis & Pickleball– there is a pro shop and a dozen courts to play on.  Rates start from $10/hour to play, and the pro shop also rents rackets, balls, ball machines, lessons, clinics, and mini competitions.

Turtle Bay Golf

Golf – The Turtle Bay Golf Course offers some of the best Hawaiian style golfing on the island.  You have 2 championship courses to choose from.

The Arnold Palmer Course and the George Fazio Course are both beautiful, with signature holes and challenging to play.  Club rentals start at $75 per day, if you didn’t bring your golf bag with you –not a bad deal

Horseback Riding – Take a ride into the beautiful backcountry of the North Shore!  There are trail rides that lead through the Turtle Bay Resort pine trees, and end up on the rustic shoreline.  There are a variety of different rides to choose from including private ride, group tours, sunset adventures, and pony rides for the keikis (kids).  Adult Horseback rides are about 45 minutes to 75 minute long and start around $100 and up.  Pony rides for kids are $45.

Fitness Center – Look forward to new cardio & weight machines, and joining one of the daily yoga, pilates, and other specialty classes available starting for $20/session.

Nalu Kinetic Spa – time to get your spirit and body back in sink?  Step into the brand new 11,000 sq ft open-air cabana facility where you can listen to the waves as you relax and enjoy a soothing massage on a wave motion table, or indulge in one of the many different treatments.  Sign up for the pedicure that includes soaking your feet in a warm coconut milk procurement.

Turtle Bay Resort outdoor surfboard shower, near the pool area and ocean for surfers to shower off.Poolside Surfboard Shower
Hans Hedemann Surf shop

Surfing, Standup Paddling & Kite Boarding – learn how to surf like a pro, standup paddle, or kite board with the Turtle Bay Resorts Jamie O'Brien Surf Experience.  Group lessons start at $135, and private lessons start at $299.

Surf and paddle boards are also available to rent by the hour.

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Kayaking – take a guided tour in the bay and along the coast.  The drop back views of the coast are unforgettable…views which most people do not get a chance to see!  Make sure to get a sea glass bottom window, so you can see the passing sea turtles and local tropical marine life.  The journey starts at $100.

Mountain Bikes - Guests can rent mountain bikes (starting from $55) and explore up to 12 different trails across 1200 acres of beauty.  There are a variety of bikes to choose from including electric bikes.

Oahu Hiking Trails – stroll along the 12 miles of marked trails that take you though the Ironwood forest to the isolated stretch of North Shore coastline.  Experience Hawaii’s nature at its best, as you separate yourself from the rest of the world.  Horseback riding, Segway tours, and mountain bikes are available for these Turtle Bay Resort trails as well…

The Ehukai Pillbox hiking trail is near by as well that provides some beautiful views of the Banzai Pipeline below.  Check out more Oahu North Shore hikes in the area.

Special Events - There are ongoing special events happening on the premises, including live music, surf contests, golf tournaments, stand up comedy nights, craft fairs and more.  Check out upcoming events...

Turtle Bay Resort Pool

Keiki Turtle Club – just for the Keikis!  A day of fun is scheduled everyday Thursday & Saturday, including reef walks, Hawaiian arts & crafts, lei making, yummy food, games and lots of swimming!

Thurs 9am to 4pm, Sat 5pm to 9pm, $85 per child.  Hours and operation is subject to change, so please check with the front desk.  Also inquire about the Pony Experience which is a separate adventure…

Hula lessons, lei making, and special scheduled events are offered throughout the week.  Make sure to inquire about upcoming or ongoing activities when checking in…

Sunsets at Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay Resort SunsetTurtle Bay Resort Sunsets

One of my favorite activities is a simple pleasure that takes place at the end of the day. It's watching the colorful Hawaiian sunsets that are best viewed from the top of the Turtle Bay peninsula, where you can watch the silhouettes of the surfers catching their last waves, and take in the golden rays that light up the bay.

Restaurants at Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Restaurant

Roy's Beach House has joined the Turtle Bay!  Guests are in for a special Euro-Asian treat as Chef Gordon Hopkins & Chef Roy Yamaguchi bring their unique and delicious creations to the beach.

Beach House By Roy Yamaguchi outdoor seating by the ocean.Beach House By Roy Yamaguchi
Turtle Bay Resort Bar

Whether it's the local catch of the night their signature chocolate souffle for dessert, everything seems to melt in your mouth at Roy's!

There are 9 different dining experiences here at Turtle Bay Resort, including a Paniolo (Cowboy) luau. The new focus is incorporating organic and green living.  The Ala'ai and The Beach House both focus on local resources and produce for their menus.

Don’t miss grabbing drinks and maybe listening to some local live music at Sunset Pool Bar, a chill outdoor atmosphere bar.  It's one of my favorite spots to enjoy a Hawaiian Mai Tai while watching surfers ride waves along the shoreline.

Getting to the Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort View

From the Honolulu Airport, it will take you about an hour to reach Turtle Bay Oahu, depending on traffic conditions.  Make sure to book your transportation from airport to the resort.

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Directions:  From Honolulu Airport

  • Take the H-1 Hwy and head West
  • Merge onto the H-2 Hwy heading north
  • Follow the H-2 Hwy through the pineapple fields and merge onto the Kamehameha Hwy (hwy 99)
  • From Hwy 99, you can either go through old town Haleiwa or by pass it and merge onto Hwy 83.  Both will take you the coastline, where you will won’t to head east.
  • You should see a Turtle Bay Resort sign about 10 minutes after you pass Sunset Beach.

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In the Area

North Shore Beaches

North Shore Beaches

Some of the biggest waves and best surfing in the world resides here on the North Shore.  The neighborhood is notorious for big-wave beaches include Waimea Bay, Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach.  You will find each beach uniquely different –visit them all if you can!

Old Town Haleiwa

Old Town Haleiwa

Haleiwa Town is a signature part of what makes up Oahu North Shore, with lots of character.  Take time to stroll through the landmark community, and check out the local art galleries, the vintage surf shops, some ono eateries, and don’t forget to grab a Matsumoto Shave Ice for dessert!

Waimea Falls

Waimea Falls

Across from Waimea Bay in a tropical lush valley, is an impressive 50 ft waterfall that waits to be discovered and swam in.  Today Waimea Falls is part of the Waimea Valley Gardens, the acting caretakers of the surrounding botanical gardens, and preservation of the Hawaiian waterfall.

Toa Luau at Waimea Bay

Toa Luau at Waimea Valley offers an immersive experience of traditional Hawaiian culture, featuring vibrant performances, delicious Polynesian dinner, and free admission to the beautiful Waimea Valley.

Tie on a visit to Waimea Falls Park with an evening luau dinner with cultural demonstrations and Hawaiian entertainment.  The Toa Luau includes your entrance to Waimea Valley & Waterfall.

Just make sure you give yourself enough time to get back in time for the festivities.  Note that this luau only takes place on Mon - Wed.  Learn more and reserve a spot...

Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center

Not far from Turtle Bay Resort, on the northeastern side of the island is the Polynesian Cultural Center.  The name says it all!  It’s a huge community that’s rich in Polynesian culture, including art, rituals, local foods, and lots and lots of entertainment.

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