Beautiful beaches and Hawaii are synonymous. One truly cannot (and, frankly, should not) experience Hawaii without them. Turtle Bay Resort, located on the North Shore of Oahu, happens to be surrounded by three iconic bays—Kuilima Cove, Turtle Bay, and Kawela Bay—with breathtaking beaches and scenery that are a must for everyone staying at or visiting the resort hotel or Turtle Bay Rentals.
Located to the east of the point where the resort hotel stands, Kuilima Cove has a natural barrier reef sheltering the inside beach area from the crashing waves. With the shallow reef just feet from the sand, this makes it a prime location for swimming and snorkeling. Not to mention, there is a nice beach for those looking to sink their toes into the sand while taking in the sunshine just steps away from the hotel and its accommodations.
A bird’s eye view of Turtle Bay Resort, including Kuilima Cove at the bottom, Turtle Bay mid-photo and Kawela Bay toward the upper right.
Located just west of the point where the resort hotel is built, the actual Turtle Bay gets its name from the green sea turtles that frequent it (and, in the past, would lay their eggs on the sand). Turtle Bay is known for its uniquely rigid shoreline, rock formations both along the shore and off-shore, its fishing, whale sightings and Hawaiian monk seals taking a break on shore, and the wide range of surf spots from the point west.
The view from west of the point into Turtle Bay as a surfer checks the waves before hopping into the water.
Located just west of the actual Turtle Bay, Kawela Bay has a natural barrier reef sheltering the inside beach area from the crashing waves similar to Kuilima Cove. Two things distinguishing Kawela Bay from the other two bays are its sizable sandy coastline and its natural sheltering from the howling tradewinds. Both factor into making Kawela Bay, which only a short hike away, both a great place to hangout on the beach with more than enough space to kayak, standup paddle-board, and snorkel.
If you like to kayak, standup paddle-board, snorkel or just lounge around on the beach and swim around with the occasional turtle, Kawela Bay may just be the perfect place.
With three iconic bays—Kuilima Cove, Turtle Bay, and Kawela Bay—all within such close proximity to each other, Turtle Bay Resort is truly situated in one of the most ideal settings that Hawaii has to offer.