Turtle Bay Beach

3.5 stars from 2 reviews
Address 57-35 Kuilima Dr, Kahuku, HI 96731
Beautiful, quiet beach to explore beyond the boundaries of the Turtle Bay Resort.

• Type: Shady • Sand Type: White
• Parking: Good / Plenty • Parking: Street only
• Good For: Turtle Sightings • Good For: Whale Sightings

Full Description
Turtle Bay Beach is a small stretch of beach located between Turtle Bay and Kawela Bay. It's not to be confused with Kuilima Cove / Bayview Beach, which is the more common beach guests from the Turtle Bay Resort use. So why call it Turtle Bay Beach? Simple, it's the beach that is actually on Turtle Bay!

It's easy to get to if you're staying at the Turtle Bay Resort (or if you parked in their lot) but also a place to stop on your short hike to Kawela Bay Beach Park. It's a spot with good views of Turtle Bay and and the surrounding reefs. Off in the distance, you'll see surfers hitting the waves near the point of Turtle Bay Resort.

There's a WWII pillbox bunker on the west side of the beach which is a symbolic reminder of the recent past. This beach is easily accessible via a tranquil and easy walk with overgrowth from from trees protecting you from the sun (though always wear sunscreen to Protect Yourself From Sunburn & Skin Cancer).

There's also an amazing banyan tree where scenes from "LOST" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" were filmed (if you're into that sort of thing, be sure to also read Popular Movies & TV Shows Filmed In Hawaii) near Kawela Bay Beach Park to the west.

The beach itself is narrow with a steep sandy slope. Be careful playing in the water. There is a shallow narrow reef just offshore, so it's not a good area for swimming or water play. The water can be rough here as well. It is however an area where surfers can launch to head out to the outer break.

Turtle Bay Beach is adequate for a family to visit, but not hang out. Turtle Bay Beach is a spot to take a few pictures then stroll along some of the hidden paths. Many people take horseback rides or ride mountain bikes on the trails here. Walking a bit further past the banyan tree leads to Kamehameha Highway (which offers some street parking) and the Kahuku Land Farms Stand.

Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
While this isn't a place to swim, it's far too reefy for that, it's an awesome place to just hang out. Secluded and hidden, yet easy to access. Turtles sightings happen around here but what a cool place to just "be".
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
It's not much of a beach but it is a nice spot to visit if you're staying at Turtle Bay Resort. It's spot with good views of Turtle Bay and and the surrounding reefs. You can't do much from Turtle Bay Beach, but it sure is a pretty place to check out.
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