Turtle Bay Beach
Turtle Bay Beach
4.5
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Follow the path to the right of Turtle Bay resort to access this lovely stretch of sand. This public beach is an excellent spot for swimming and snorkeling, and if you’re lucky, you’ll spot a green turtle or even a monk seal. In the evening, park yourself at the restaurant on the beach for some delicious seafood. While generally a family-friendly beach, take heed of the caution notices—watch out for strong currents and be aware that there are no lifeguards on duty. If you find Turtle Bay Beach too crowded, hike the short trail over to Kawela Bay. – Tripadvisor
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Christina R
Düsseldorf, Germany2,331 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Turtle Bay is known for its large number of sea turtles, although we have also seen them on other beaches on Oahu. We stopped there on our trip along the North Shore and were able to park for free in the large parking lot at the Turtle Bay Resort hotel. This also makes it easy to get through the hotel to the beach. A small, quiet bay with showers and toilets as well as a restaurant are located directly at the hotel. There are also snorkeling opportunities and the access is public. Turtle Beach is a few minutes walk away, but it is very rocky in some places. Luckily we were able to see some turtles there because there were very few people on the beach at this time.
Written 23 April 2024
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Steve w
Anchorage, AK81 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
If you want to view turtles walk to or short drive to kawela bay beach from turtle bay resort. Go early just after sunrise and you may find one on the beach but don’t get close.
Written 19 January 2024
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Scott M
Singapore, Singapore950 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Situated at Turble Bay Resort, the beach itself is open to the public and a busy spot on a nice day.

It's not at all the best snorkelling on the North Shore. However, in winter, it's one of the few locations that are protected by the swell.

We've seen turtles many times over the years, but naturally, you need a bit of luck, especially if you are there when it is busy.

You'll often find seals sunning themselves on the beach on hot days also.

You also have Roy's Beach Club Restaurant at the beach too inc some take-away options.
Written 23 December 2023
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Jeremy C
Atlanta, GA856 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A small beach right by the Turtle Bay resort. Plentiful parking and a nice beach restaurant. Didn't see many fish but the beach is very pleasant.
Written 24 October 2023
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Sarah B
Boston, MA199 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
I’m not sure people who have reviewed this positively for snorkeling have ever snorkeled. There is nothing to see, if you’re not staying at the hotel it is an absolute pain to get to as well. The beach is full of children from the resort playing and enjoying themselves, which makes it great for families, but honestly there are more accessible, far better beaches for that which are not difficult to access. Also, no turtles. We saw tons of turtles all over the island, there weren’t really even fish here, low visibility, just a waste of time. The reviews make no sense!
Written 12 June 2023
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Solfulwmn
Palo Alto, CA142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
have been to Oahu at least 7 times, and snorkeling is one of my favorite activities. Turtle Bay Beach did not disappoint. The public parking for beach access was spacious, and the beach was not crowded for a Sunday.
There was so much sealife to be seen compared to other beaches I have visited on the island . I did not want to leave!
Written 17 April 2023
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matt559
Monterey, CA56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Great little beach with clear water and lots of fish. Easy spot to walk in and snorkel. Free plentiful parking was delightful after all the chaos of north shore beaches.
Written 5 March 2023
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Tracy
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Associated with resort so crowded. With people on the beach and I’m the water. If you like tourist with rentals chairs etc then you will enjoy. If not go up the street and take a short hike to more private beach Kawela bay
Written 1 January 2023
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DannyWasserman
Virginia Beach, VA4,450 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We strolled down the beaches of Turtle Bay and enjoyed the beautiful sounds of the crashing waves and laid down for a few hours and got some rays. Beautiful and stunning !!
Written 15 December 2022
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guillermo m
Papillion, NE10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Spent about an hour there. My kids wanted to stay, but we had other reservations. Nice beach, but not one turtle to be seen.
Written 20 November 2022
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