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Turtle Bay Oahu

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Turtle Bay Oahu is the only resort and hotel on the north shore. Nestled on a peninsula about 5 minutes past Sunset Beach it offers spectacular views, peace and quiet and probably more of what you had in mind when you booked a vacation to Hawaii in the first place.

Located on 880 oceanfront acres with 443 rooms, beach cottages, suites, 2 pools, 2 golf courses, 10 tennis courts, horseback riding, hiking trails, 31,000 sf of meeting space and a surf school on site there really much reason to leave.

The Grounds

turtle bay oahu pool

It's remote location makes it ideal for hiking and oceanfront horseback rides. There are stables on site and a trail that goes along the ocean and through a forest eventually leading to the gated residential community of Kawela Bay.

It's a good place to clear your thoughts and get away from the hustle bustle of it all. There are no other housing developments nearby other than the condominium community along the golf course.

Turtle Bay is pretty secluded yet you're close enough to the world class surfing beaches and breaks on the north shore of Oahu as well as Haleiwa. The shrimp farms of Kahuku are also just down the road.

turtle bay oahu lobby

I love the lobby as most of it is a sheer glass wall opening up onto the beach. the view stretches for miles down the ocean coastline and is quite beautiful.

The pool area and bar is nice with outstanding views and I like the fact that the hot tub is a little secluded and away from all of the hubbub of the pool area.

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turtle bay oahu room

Ocean view room at Turtle Bay. One of the VERY nice perks of staying here is that you can hear the ocean crashing onshore especially during the wintertime when the waves are big. The peninsula shape that the hotel is located on allows it to be surrounded by water on most sides.

turtle bay oahu cottage

If you have the money to blow you can rent one of their oceanfront cottages. Many celebrities have stayed in these and they've been featured in television shows and movies as well. You can walk directly out onto the beach from your unit.


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turtle bay oahu olas

There are 8 restaurants on site but the 2 that I like in particular: Lei Lei's and Ola's. Ola's features contemporary Hawaiian cuisine and is oceanfront overlooking a small lagoon inlet from the ocean and you can listen to the ocean just yards away.

It's very romantic with lots of ambiance and tiki torches and is perfect for special occassions or just a really nice dinner.

turtle bay resort lei leis

The other restaurant Lei Lei's features American cuisine and is located on the golf course is frequented by locals and tourists alike. The open-air design with tiki torches is very nice. It's the type of place where if you go there regularly the manager is going to acknowledge and personally greet you by name at your table to see how you're doing.

He's involved in EVERY little aspect and is very attention-detailed. I've never seen anything like it. I like their mashed potatoes prefer going there for dinner.

giovannis shrimp truck sign

Nearby I would check out Giovanni's Shrimp Truck in Kahuku (5 minutes east on the left hand side of the road) and Ted's Bakery (5 minutes west on the left hand side of the road just before Sunset Beach.

At Giovanni's they are known for their garlic shrimp from the shrimp farms right there and Ted's Bakery is known for their Haupia pies but I like just about everything on the menu. They have breakfast too. Yum.

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turtle bay oahu massage

Being able to receive a massage directly on the oceanfront is something you can do here.

With 6 treatment rooms, a steam room, oceanfront cabana and several signature treatments Spa Luana is a real treat. You'll receive a robe and slippers and be treated well as soon as you enter. I like the somewhat isolated location at the back and off to the side of the resort's pool.

It's private and quiet just how a spa should be. The ocean is also right there so you feel calm when you enter and exit the facility. Try a Lomi Lomi massage or a Coconut Body Scrub.

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turtle bay oahu golf

36 hole oceanfront golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer and George Fazio that have hosted the Turtle Bay Championship, a PGA Champions event and also the LPGA Hawaiian Tour's Hawaiian Open. There are also 2 practice facilities and golf instruction from professionals available.

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The Location-The North Shore

sunset beach surfer

The North Shore is world reknown for its world class surfing and competitions in the wintertime and then its beaches turn gentle and calm in the summer making for excellent snorkeling, swimming and general hang out beach days.

The town of Haleiwa is a historical town with funky surf shacks, eclectic boutiques and good restaurants. It is about 11 miles from Haleiwa. Also close by is the Polynesian Cultural Center which is worth checking out if you have not done that before. It's less than 10 minutes east of the resort.

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Overall Pros & Cons


Stunning Beauty- remote, undeveloped, on the north shore

Very Peaceful

Endless beaches and surf-miles and miles. Famous, world-class surf.

The sound of crashing waves and ocean outside your windows as you sleep at night. The placement of the hotel on a peninsula allows it to be surrounded by water on most sides. FANTASTIC!!! Great breezes too.

Feels like you're really on an island and in Hawaii-no highrises, taxi cabs or street hustlers. Laid back country atmosphere.

Pretty self-contained with everything you need so it's convenient.

turtle bay oahu beach


Distance-all the way on the north shore so if you want to be in the midst of the "action" this is not the place for you. More commuting to common attractions on the island outside of the north shore.

Isolated-no nightlife, stores or main drag nearby. Also very quiet so if you want ultimate relaxation this is a good choice. Very laid back country atmosphere.

North Shore shuts down early like 9-10:00pm. Grocery stores, restaurants, boutiques and shops are all pau (done) by then.


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