Turtle Bay Villas
Turtle Bay Resort
Turtle Bay Resort, the only full service resort on the North Shore of O’ahu, sits atop a peninsula that juts out into the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean, ensuring every Turtle Bay Villa boasts unobstructed views of the ocean’s countless hues of blue. Unlike the hustle and bustle of other visitor favorites like Waikiki, this tranquil retreat provides guests the opportunity to form a deep connection to the unique things that set Hawai’i apart from other destinations, including its terrain, culture, and food. Of the resort’s extensive 1,300 acre property, 650 acres have been set aside as conservation land, amongst which you might stumble upon a trail through a lush forest, or a hidden beach where waves crash along the rugged shoreline, guaranteeing you and your family will make magical memories that you’ll reminisce about for years to come.
Although the drive to Turtle Bay Resort from the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu takes just over an hour, once you pass through the gorgeous Ko’olau Mountain Range, much of the drive is along the island’s stunning east coast, where you’ll pass numerous beaches, green valleys, and the charming island of Mokoli’i, also known as Chinaman’s Hat due to its unique shape. The resort itself is located at the northern tip of O’ahu in the rural town of Kahuku. Once home to a successful sugarcane plantation, the town is still largely agricultural, with many farms located in the area.
One of the many reasons that visitors flock to Hawai’i is its year-round nearly perfect weather and with highs in the 80s and nighttime lows dipping into the 60s, the North Shore is no exception. Mostly sunny days with clouds hugging the mountaintops are the norm. Ocean temperatures fall in the balmy 76 degree range, making the water exceptionally comfortable.
Although the winter months do bring slightly increased rainfall, it also brings large ocean swells to the north shore of the island, which you’ll feel privileged to witness firsthand. While not something that should stop you from visiting, be aware that hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th, and hurricanes passing through are a possibility during this time.
Things to Do
Whether you want to stay close to the resort and splurge on some of the activities available there, or venture out on your own to experience the surrounding area, every member of your family is sure to find something they can get excited about.
One of the benefits of staying at a resort is that you can find activities based on your interests without you having to travel far from the property. Turtle Bay Resort is no exception, offering some amazing experiences for its guests.
Turtle Bay Resort has its own horse stables on-property, and offers private and group rides along scenic ocean trails. Pony rides are also offered for the little ones.
- Stand-up Paddleboard or Surf Lessons
Instructors from the Jamie O’Brien Surf Experience teach participants how to stand-up paddleboard in the calm waters of Kawela Bay or how to maneuver their surfboard through the waves.
- Helicopter Tours
Explore O’ahu from the air, with breathtaking views of not just the North Shore, but also Sacred Falls, which is inaccessible to the public by land, and the cerulean waters of Kane’ohe Bay.
Should you choose to venture out into the resort’s surrounding areas, you won’t be disappointed. From iconic beaches to a fun and educational cultural center, you’ll never run out of exciting things to do.
- North Shore Beaches
The North Shore of Oa’hu has a handful of world-famous beaches dotting its coastline, including Waimea Bay, ‘Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline), and Sunset Beach. The winter months are especially impressive, if dangerous, as monster swells roll in and pro surfers display their prowess at numerous surf competitions.
- Hiking Trails
There are a variety of trails for all skill levels along the famed North Shore. If you’re goal is to hike to a waterfall, visit Waimea Valley, where a paved path takes you past cultural sites and native Hawaiian plants to your destination. If you prefer a secluded trek through the forest with expansive mountain views, don’t miss Hau’ula Loop Trail.
- Polynesian Cultural Center
Discover the cultures and customs of six distinct Polynesian islands, all within the confines of the Polynesian Cultural Center. Play ancient games, learn to hula or twirl poi balls, sample Hawaiian delicacies, and end your night with the incredible production of Ha: Breath of Life.
- Hale’iwa Town
The small town of Hale’iwa will charm you with its vintage surf shops and art galleries. Surf N Sea is an especially fun store to browse for souvenirs or pick up merchandise from Hurley that’s exclusively sold here. Rent a paddleboard and travel along the Anahulu River solo for a truly serene experience or join a guided paddleboard tour to meet people from all over the world.
Things to Eat
Anytime you’re on vacation, trying new and exciting food is always on the itinerary. An exceptional dish has a way of cementing itself into your mind and heart, and is not soon forgotten. The melting pot that makes up Hawai’i is especially apparent in its food, so you’ll want to try out as many local dishes as your stomach will allow.
- Beach House by Roy Yamaguchi
This casual, yet upscale open air Turtle Bay Resort Restaurant serves both lunch and dinner, and with views of Kuilima Cove, the atmosphere can’t be beat. Much of the food has an Asian influence, thanks to Chef Roy Yamaguchi, who grew up in Tokyo.
- Kahuku Farms Cafe
For an exceptional farm to table experience, pick up a salad, acai bowl, or smoothie from Kahuku Farms, where most of the ingredients used in your food were grown on-site at one of the only remaining family-owned farms in the area, Kahuku Farms.
- Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck
Serving up the best garlic shrimp since 1993, Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck offers heaping plates of delectable jumbo shrimp with two scoops of white rice from both its Kahuku and Hale’iwa locations.
- Matsumoto’s Shave Ice
The flavorful, finely shaved ice of Matsumoto’s is perfect for a sunny afternoon! Create your own flavor combination, or go with one of Matsumoto’s favorites, then choose a more conventional extra like ice cream or condensed milk, or a more unique one like azuki beans or mochi.
Turtle Bay Rentals
Turtle Bay Resort was built for those who crave luxury, but prefer a peaceful and beautiful setting a little further off the beaten path. And while visitors flock here to have fun and enjoy the scenery by taking part in activities in the ocean, on land, or in the air, the mana, or power, present in this place becomes apparent. Opportunities to expand your horizons, both by participating in cultural pursuits and by introducing yourself to some of Hawai’i’s local cuisine, abound and will undoubtedly be remembered for years to come.
Come experience all of these things and more when you stay in one of Elite Pacific Vacation’s Turtle Bay Villas. With villas ranging from charming studios that sleep up to four people, to large four bedroom villas that can sleep up to 10 guests, Elite Pacific Vacations has exactly what you’re looking for. All of our Turtle Bay Villas boast picturesque ocean views from private lanais, are steps from the beach, and include all of the modern comforts that make an accommodation feel like home. Browse all our Turtle Bay Villas and book an accommodation with us today.