Protected from big waves, Turtle Bay Beach is a lesser-known spot for snorkeling. The calmness of the water allows for great visibility of the coral reefs and tropical fish below the water's surface. The public beach also offers a good chance of spotting the endangered Hawaiian green sea turtle, a highlight for many visiting the island. The resort on the beach has been used as a setting for many TV shows and films, like "Hawaii 5-0," "Full House," and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." If you work up an appetite swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing, there is a restaurant on the beach. Make Turtle Bay Beach part of your personalized Kahuku itinerary using our Kahuku travel route planning app.
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We were looking for "Turtle Beach" (Laniakea Beach) and ended up at Turtle Bay Resort instead. But, we saw the signs for public access and there was plenty of parking so we decided to enjoy the beach.... more »
This is a great beginning place to snorkel. Go early. Like 7 am. Plenty of parking. Walk like your going to Kahuku point but then turn left and walk until you get to the cove. Calm water and... more »
This is a public beach and has public parking with the resort parking. There are a few permanent beach umbrellas. The waves are relatively calm and it stays fairly shallow a decent distance from shore. It is a little rocky, but not terrible. Showers and restrooms are available. We go fairly often with my young kids. They love it.
Not too crowded (at least with the resort shut down) and a nice beach. It's basically on a coral reef though so be very careful about going into the water and has a bit of a strong current.
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