Turtle Bay Beach

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Turtle Bay Beach
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justthefacts41
Kirkland, WA89 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a wonderful sandy, mostly protected beach that is open to hotel guests and the public alike. It has great amenities including Roy's Beach Bar. The big caveat is that there is NO Lifeguard and a caution to only swim on the right side of the beach protected by a coral wall. This is the main reason I'm writing this review is to warn others to enjoy this gem of a beach safely.
Sadly we witnessed the result of vacationers not listening to the cautions posted and reminded via bull horn by the staff. A lady lost her life in front of my family when swept out via riptide into the ocean waves on the *left side of the beach. Hotel personnel tried to help and the real lifesavers,who performed beautifully, arrived too late. If there was a jet ski stationed on the beach, the person could have been rescued in a timely fashion. My feeling is that all beaches on the north shore should have lifeguards and safety equipment like a jet ski close by. If lifeguard and safety equipment available, it would be 5 star.
Wonderful beach but, please be careful!
Written January 8, 2020
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Davyator
4 contributions
Mar 2020 • Business
I stayed at Turtlebay many years, and it is the best resort ever. The views from every balcony are stunning, and the entertainment at night is unparalleled. There are also several venues for good eating within walking distance.
Written March 7, 2020
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Laura Vardy
Grand Falls Windsor, Canada746 contributions
Feb 2020
My husband and I visited this beach at Turtle Bay Resort a couple of times and found the beach to be nice and the water relatively calm compared to other north shore beaches this time of year. Anyone can visit the beach, not just the resort guests and it is free. Kids played in the water and I was even able to go snorkeling, although there are better places to snorkel on the island (Shark's Cove and Hanauma Bay). Nice place to relax and swim and great for families. There is a restaurant and restrooms near the beach as well.
Written February 20, 2020
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LarsieB
Denver, Colorado, USA1,167 contributions
Aug 2021
We were staying in the North Shore area during our stay in O'ahu so we got up early to snorkel in Turtle Bay. Unfortunately, the morning we went here it was extremely windy and the water was rough and murky to see through so not great for us. However, this place gets very busy and seems to be loved by a lot of people particularly the people staying at the resort. It is a protected area of water so on a positive note feels pretty safe to swim in. It's worth a visit but go when the weather conditions are decent to enjoy the water if snorkeling.
Written November 13, 2021
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G.Lee
San Diego, CA48 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Don’t get me wrong. This place was definitely beautiful, but unlike popular reviews, the water wasn’t very clear, and we saw no fish or turtles on the day we went during the first week of August. However, finding public beach parking was not difficult at all.
Written August 7, 2021
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Amber
San Diego, CA7 contributions
Mar 2020
Turtle Bay has beautiful beaches and I did enjoy all of their hiking trails. Make sure to check out the Banyan Tree and maybe take some snorkel gear to Kawela Bay. You can see sea turtles here and it won't be as crowded. I know they have construction planned for rooms and I can only hope that includes beds and pillows. I slept terribly here despite the view. Also, Lei Lei's has the best food and that's about it. Was not impressed with anything else. They get away with serving mediocre food because they know people don't want to deal with trying to get a cab or anything to get food off the resort grounds.
Written March 19, 2020
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ITRT
Virginia37,879 contributions
Apr 2022
Turtle Bay gets its name from the green turtles that live there and is to the right of Turtle Bay Resort, the only resort on the North Shore of Oahu. It is known for its green turtles, and monk seals. However, we did not see any turtles or seals when we visited. Turtle Bay has been used as a film set for shows including as Lost and Pirates of the Caribbean and Hawaii Five-O. In the series Lost when you see the people running from the rainforest, the rainforest is the wooded area next to the resort.
Written May 7, 2022
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StacyInDC2012
Alexandria, VA898 contributions
Sep 2021
We were looking for "Turtle Beach" (Laniakea Beach) and ended up at Turtle Bay Resort instead. But, we saw the signs for public access and there was plenty of parking so we decided to enjoy the beach we found!

Fun fact - Hawaii's beaches are all public access, even when they are at a resort!

The area was beautiful to take in and we found a shaded spot along the palm tree line. The water was warm and calm and we saw several people snorkeling. I saw some movement in the water not to far out, and a flipper or head peaking out a few times so I'm guessing turtles were around but none opted to sun themselves on the beach that afternoon!

In driving back towards Honolulu we drove past Laniakea and noticed it packed with people, many in a large circle around the one turtle that appeared to be there so in the end I think our inadvertant choice was the better one!
Written September 12, 2021
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Lexie R
Baton Rouge, LA33 contributions
Feb 2021
Loved being able to see the turtles in their natural habitat. There were also volunteers to make sure no one was getting too close and I really appreciated it. Super cool experience and would 10/10 recommend.
Written March 5, 2021
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AnneFrenchie
Sydney, Australia155 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Beautiful spot to admire mother nature & her turtles... we had a swim in the warm clean and clear water and had a chance to see the turtles landing on the beach to sunbath.
One NEEDS to stay 3metres away from those marine creatures to let them enjoy their beach.
Written January 9, 2020
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