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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  • Scott M
    Singapore, Singapore945 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, mostly protected bay
    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.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 23, 2023
  • Christina R
    Düsseldorf, Germany2,373 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile stop on the North Shore
    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.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 23, 2024
  • MJ_ontheBAY
    Honolulu, Hawaii64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s a great day when you’re on Turtle Bay
    Regardless of whether you’re staying at Turtle Bay Resort, a beach day at the famous Turtle Bay is a must while on the North Shore. The beach is on a semi-protected bay with great views of the vast ocean in the background and seems to have a very calm surf (at least in the spring and summer). Beach access parking is available for those driving in but arrive on the early side if coming on the weekend. A couple bonus features are an awesome Roy Yamaguchi affiliated restaurant right on the beach and a network of hiking trails near the beach to offer a scenic workout before taking a dip. With shallow lying reef, this is also a surprisingly good place to snorkel and hosts a wide variety of fish and coral. However, there is probably a higher concentration of sea urchins here embedded into the reefs when compared to a lot of other snorkel spots so swim cautiously. To be fair, no one should be touching or stepping on the reefs anyway, so if you keep your distance as you should, you’ll be totally fine. Lastly, Turtle Bay and the North Shore in general can get very windy at times so bringing an extra dry shirt, light blanket or towel to cover up is a reasonable preparatory move. Enjoy this beautiful place!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 31, 2024
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful secluded bay on the north shore
    One of the best and calmest beaches on the north shore. It's set by the same name hotel, huge free parking lot in front. You can stay on the hotels part of the beach, no one will ask you anything or go further right. Sea is calm and warm secluded in a small bay.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 11, 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
One of the best and calmest beaches on the north shore. It's set by the same name hotel, huge free parking lot in front.
You can stay on the hotels part of the beach, no one will ask you anything or go further right. Sea is calm and warm secluded in a small bay.
Written June 11, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Danielle P
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Beautiful beach. Not much marine life to see when snorkeling. Beach chairs cost $45 for two hour rental. The resort has a bar on the beach and an infinity pool.
Written June 4, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MJ_ontheBAY
Honolulu, HI64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Regardless of whether you’re staying at Turtle Bay Resort, a beach day at the famous Turtle Bay is a must while on the North Shore.

The beach is on a semi-protected bay with great views of the vast ocean in the background and seems to have a very calm surf (at least in the spring and summer).

Beach access parking is available for those driving in but arrive on the early side if coming on the weekend. A couple bonus features are an awesome Roy Yamaguchi affiliated restaurant right on the beach and a network of hiking trails near the beach to offer a scenic workout before taking a dip.

With shallow lying reef, this is also a surprisingly good place to snorkel and hosts a wide variety of fish and coral. However, there is probably a higher concentration of sea urchins here embedded into the reefs when compared to a lot of other snorkel spots so swim cautiously. To be fair, no one should be touching or stepping on the reefs anyway, so if you keep your distance as you should, you’ll be totally fine.

Lastly, Turtle Bay and the North Shore in general can get very windy at times so bringing an extra dry shirt, light blanket or towel to cover up is a reasonable preparatory move.

Enjoy this beautiful place!
Written May 31, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Christina R
Düsseldorf, Germany2,373 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 April 23, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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 January 19, 2024
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Scott M
Singapore, Singapore945 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 December 23, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jeremy C
Atlanta, GA864 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 October 24, 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 June 12, 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 April 17, 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 March 5, 2023
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