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There is so much to love about the North Shore of Oahu - its sublime 17-mile coastal area that stretches between Ka'ena Point (in the west) and Kahuku Point (to the east), then the gigantic waves that make it an ideal spot to surf, not to mention the verdant cliffs and marine wildlife to encounter when snorkeling. With such a great spot comes a luxurious and stylish resort that inspires a laid-back life and a perfect destination to experience adventure, rejuvenation, and culture - all in one place. Turtle Bay Resort is not only a resort but a blissful retreat, where one can enjoy the true Hawaiian spirit through adventurous activities, delicious Hawaiian cuisine, tours that will make one immerse in the cultural life of the locals, and many more unique experiences that simply go to the next level. Turtle Bay Resort is a destination of pure exploration thanks to its 1300 acres of lush land with five miles of unspoiled coastline and 12 miles of off-the-beaten trails.

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Avid adventurers will find this place perfect for getting easy access to the Waimea Valley, which is lauded for its spectacular surf breaks, in addition, to the Polynesian Cultural Center, and the historic town of Haleiwa, which are just nearby. Operational since 1972, this swanky resort has years of experience in delivering high-standard service with deep respect for the environment and Hawaiian culture. From its sleek, light-filled lobby to its terraced pool deck, every little corner of the property exudes sophistication. And guests can settle comfortably in one of its guestrooms, suites, or oceanfront bungalows that overlook the breathtaking ocean view.

Turtle Bay Resort: Key Highlights

Long Stretches of White Beach

Turtle Bay Resort is bestowed with a land composed of an exceptional topography made up of verdant forests, unmobbed stretches of white powdery beaches, expansive farmland, a jagged coastline, and many open spaces decked out with wild vegetation. It’s a place where one would like to stay put for a long time for its secluded location and tranquility. Animals such as the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals have made Turtle Bay their home. In fact, the resort is located within the 1,218 square nautical miles of Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Together with the organization, the resort contributes to several conservation programs, such as winter breeding, calving, and nursing of the remaining endangered humpback whale population.

There are many ecological activities where guests will be able to encounter these wild marine animals in their natural setting, but it is also important to respect the distance and these animal species. Touching and feeding these marine animals are prohibited.

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Unique Surfing Spots in North Shore

Hawaii is undoubtedly known as the birthplace of surf culture and the North Shore in Oʻahu is praised for its legendary swells, and Turtle Bay has some of the best surfing spots famed for their surf breaks. Willing to experience the thrill of chasing the waves and feeling the adrenaline rush? Then book a surf session with Jamie O’Brien Surf Experience, a reputed pro surfer who is also the exclusive surf partner for Turtle Bay Resort. Meet the friendly surfers and learn how to surf or stand-up paddle.

  • Note: The surf session will be guided by a friendly and professional team with premium equipment available. Ideal for all ages and skill levels.

Sustainability - What Sets This Resort Apart

Turtle Bay Resort has also incorporated a sustainable approach to its energy and waste management, which shows its full dedication to the environment. The resort installed its solar roof in December 2013, which has reduced its carbon emission (equivalent to 4.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over the next ten years). In addition, the property has taken the initiative of recycling trash. There are some recycling collection centers located in designated areas of the resorts for both guests and employees. Green wastes are collected to use as compost.

Fun-Packed Activities At Turtle Bay Resort

One can never be bored when staying at Turtle Bay Resort, especially during summer when there is a lot going on. During this time of the year, the ocean is way calmer, ideal for snorkeling in the crystal-clear water and stand-up paddle. The balmy weather makes it a good time to savor the classic Matsumoto’s shave ice with different flavors.

Thanks to its sprawling wild terrain, the resort offers its guests many opportunities to hike, bike, and jog on its various off-beaten trails. Ride a bicycle and explore the rugged landscape with the omnipresence of the ocean view. One can also beach hop on the North Shore when the water becomes shallow, which makes it possible to explore the beach by beach. However, it is always important to check the ocean conditions before venturing out. Of course, Turtle Bay wouldn’t be the same without the adorable turtles which can be seen year-round on the North Shore. Two of the recommended spots are Kuilima Cove and Shark’s Cove.

Interestingly, guests will be able to experience the cultural Paniolo Dinner every Thursday in front of The Stables at Turtle Bay. The dinner celebration is composed of a rich cultural tradition, where one can feast on a pig roast, drink a lot of cocktails, and enjoy live entertainment. And end the day by watching the spectacular sunset from the pool deck or on horseback.

  • Recommended Activities: Sunset cruises, horse riding, hiking, surfing, snorkeling, and attending Paniolo Dinner

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Turtle Bay Resort: Accommodation

Tucked on the beautiful peninsula of North Shore, Turtle Bay Resort is styled with three wings composed of 408 stunning guestrooms and suites and with 42 luxurious oceanfront bungalows, all of which offer a sweeping view of the glistening ocean. Wake up to the sound of the crashing waves from the secluded ocean bungalows specifically designed to connect with the sound of nature. Marvel at the gorgeous sunset from the private balcony and enjoy premium amenities within reach of your fingertips.

  • Premium Amenities Includes: Private infinity pool, dedicated VIP concierge, furnished outdoor lanai, soaking tub, and walk-in shower, spacious sitting area with pullout sofa
  • Room Rate: Ocean View King as from $760 per night

Relish Local Cuisine

The Turtle Bay Resort surely also offers an eclectic range of local dishes, thanks to the extensive number of restaurants such as Alaia, Ocean Club Lounge, and beach house, where guests can relish delicious seafood and drink refreshing cocktail drinks.

  • Other Services Include:
  • Nalu Spa - full body massages, exfoliation, renewal body wrap, Kai hydration treatment, and many more
  • Fitness Center
  • Events - Wedding or Social Gathering