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Turtle Bay on the scenic north shore of Oahu is perfectly situated for a luxurious and relaxing Hawaii vacation. Known for its pristine beaches as well as great shopping and dining, this area has everything you need for an enjoyable and comfortable visit to one of Hawaii's most picturesque regions.
Things To Do
Enjoy the local beaches along Oahu's northern shore from the Banzai Pipeline to Waimea Bay. Snorkeling and scuba diving are excellent at various beaches during the summer months when the waters are calm and clear. Winter months bring bigger surf to the north shore though protected areas at lifeguarded beaches still often provide options for swimming and enjoying ocean activities. Golfers can enjoy two courses at Turtle Bay including the Arnold Palmer Course and George Fazio Course. You can also enjoy horseback riding along this coastline as well as in the mountain valleys. Visit Waimea Valley to view the botanical gardens and swim beneath Waimea Falls. Head down to Laie to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center where you can learn about Hawaii and other Pacific Island cultures with themed villages that are entertaining fun for the whole family. They also have an IMAX theater and put on an impressive and theatrical dinner show.
Fishing, diving and surfing are popular activities at Turtle Bay though it's not the best swimming beach due to the coral reef and rocky areas near shore. This is a nice beach for a picnic with trees along the shore providing plenty of shady areas for relaxing. The neighboring Bayview Beach is better for swimming with a sandy bottom, located in a protected cove area bordered by two limestone points. During times of high surf there may be strong currents and swimming is not recommended, though during the summer months the water is typically very calm and great for ocean activities. On the east side of the hotel is Kuilima Cove which is protected by a rock barrier which creates a sheltered snorkeling area that may be a good choice when conditions are too rough in other areas. Take a drive along the north shore to see the many exceptional beaches including the famed surfing breaks at Waimea Bay, Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach.
For exceptional fine dining try Paakai's at Turtle Bay Resort specializing in local seafood. With signature dishes like pan-seared kampachi and often featuring live entertainment by local artists, this is a great choice for a memorable evening. Head over to Haleiwa town for a variety of cuisine choices from pizza to fine cuisine. The North Shore Country Market on Saturday mornings offers a chance to pick up the freshest local fruits and vegetables and taste homemade delights from the various vendors selling prepared food. Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie for a traditional Hawaiian luau feast accompanied by a theatrical dinner show.
For fun shopping drive over to historic Haleiwa town where you can browse the art galleries, surf shops and boutique gift stores, many housed in plantation-era buildings reflecting this town's unique heritage. Take a drive down the east shore for more interesting shops in Kaneohe including the expansive Windward Mall, and farther south in Kailua town the commercial district with art galleries and various interesting shops as well as department stores.
Renting a car is recommended when staying in a Turtle Bay vacation rental so you can explore the many north shore beaches and attractions as well as day trips to the windward (eastern) shore, and Waikiki and downtown Honolulu on the south shore. Most major populated areas of Oahu can also be reached on the public transit system known as "TheBus."
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Turtle Bay weather ranges from about 70 to 85 degrees F. throughout the year. Oahu's north and eastern shores are generally a bit wetter and cooler than the south and west shores, and the winter months typically see more rain than summer. Sunny skies, mild temperatures and warm trade winds make Turtle Bay an excellent vacation destination all through the year. Rain showers are typically brief and light with ample sunshine even on the rainier days. Hawaii's predominant trade winds blow from the northeast bringing moisture-laden clouds that typically rain onto the mountains of the east and north shores creating green and lush landscapes.Trade winds are almost always calmest in the mornings so it's a good time to visit the beach. Ocean conditions vary each day though typically the north shore will have the calmest waters during the summer months and the south shore will have the calmest waters during the winter. Some beaches provide more protection from the open ocean, and if the waves are too big at the beach you visit then you may be able to find a more sheltered beach where water activities are safe. For swimming and ocean activities visit Oahu's lifeguarded beaches. Make sure to obey all posted warnings and ask about the conditions on that day for the activities you choose.
Turtle Bay vacation homes provide the optimal way to enjoy your Hawaii vacation with all the luxuries of resort living and all the comforts of home. Browse through our Turtle Bay vacation rental listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer. Our goal is to provide you with a with an unforgettable Turtle Bay accommodation for your dream Hawaii vacation. We take pride in having the largest selection of high-quality vacation rentals on Oahu and we stand behind our product, making sure only the best of the best Turtle Bay properties are listed on our site. If you have questions about our Turtle Bay rentals or which Oahu destination is best for your vacation needs, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
The Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie is one of Hawaii's most popular visitor attractions and a great way to learn about Hawaii's history along with the cultures of other Pacific Island nations. Themed villages and interactive exhibits provide fun for the whole family. You can also visit an important Hawaii cultural site at Puu O Mahuka Heiau overlooking Waimea Bay including stone enclosures preserved from ancient times.