Destination guide

Quiet rest and wild adventure in Turtle Bay and Kawela Bay

Turtle Bay and Kawela Bay mark the entrance to the legendary coastline of the North Shore. Exquisitely clear water and pristine beaches make it a dreamy destination for animal, nature, and adventure-lovers alike. Turtle Bay and Kawela Bay vacation rentals are ideal spots to rest between diving excursions and taking to the waters for a glimpse of playful dolphins and wise old turtles. Surfing and kayaking are among the big draws in these parts, while Kawela Bay is an oasis of calm, with serene waters and quiet beaches which are perfect for sunset strolls. The dense wooded areas have also been made famous in blockbuster movies.

Things to do

Adventures by horseback and helicopter

Although known for picture-postcard sandy beaches and warm waters, Turtle Bay and Kawela Bay have other delights to offer. Lovers of horses can head for the Stables at Turtle Bay and explore many miles of seaside pathways and oceanfront trails from the back of a gentle horse. When staying in Turtle Bay and Kawela Bay vacation rentals, you can also get a whole different view on the Hawaiian landscape by taking a helicopter tour over the sun-drenched setting, with majestic waterfalls, soaring mountains, and exquisite coral beds all to be seen.

Activities

Relax and explore in Turtle Bay and Kawela Bay

The stunning beaches of Turtle Bay and Kawela Bay are photo-worthy settings for outdoor adventures all year long. For those who can't wait to get into the warm waters of Oahu's North Shore, Turtle Bay is the place for swimming, kayaking trips to view green sea turtles, and diving around coral to see lionfish and tiger cowrie. Kawela Bay is more untamed, and offers a tranquil getaway spot. Let it be your island paradise: a place to swing in a hammock with a good book, walk along the beach at sunrise with your sweetheart, and build sand castles with your kids.

Weather

Big surf and swimming year-round

While the North Shore of Hawaii is famed for its warm, sun-drenched climate throughout the year, Turtle Bay and Kawela Bay do have distinct rainy and sunny seasons. Winter still has ample sunny weather, but there are also showers and big surf from November through April. This is a great time to pull out a board, take surfing lessons, and ride the excitingly large waves. Brisk trade winds start up in spring, creating ideal conditions for paddling, diving, and swimming through summer. Turtle Bay and Kawela Bay vacation rentals are homey places to explore this beautiful part of Hawaii.

Natural features

Maritime majesty in Turtle Bay and Kawela Bay

Tucked away at the far northern tip of Oahu, Turtle Bay and Kawela Bay are pristine oases of tropical beauty only a few hours north of Honolulu. Edged with powdery, white beaches and lush groves of coconut palms and ironwood trees, Kawela Bay is calm and serene year-round, while Turtle Bay has strong currents with serious waves. Amazing marine life abounds at both locations, with humpback whales frequenting the waters of Turtle Bay from January through March. Green sea turtles and hawksbill sea turtles are lovely to view up close by kayak, while monk seals and dolphins are also welcome visitors.

Where to stay around Turtle Bay?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 810 vacation rentals near Turtle Bay. From 225 Condos/Apartments to 414 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Turtle Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Turtle Bay?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Turtle Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Kailua: 4,148 vacation rentals
  • North Shore: 1,177 vacation rentals
  • Haleiwa: 1,182 vacation rentals
  • Kapolei: 977 vacation rentals
  • Waianae: 267 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Turtle Bay! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Turtle Bay?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Turtle Bay:

  • Kailua: 4,148 rentals
  • Haleiwa: 1,182 rentals
  • Kapolei: 977 rentals
  • Waianae: 267 rentals
  • Laie: 952 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Turtle Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Turtle Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Waimea Bay: 729 rentals
  • Polynesian Cultural Center: 1,288 rentals
  • Banzai Pipeline: 1,391 rentals
  • Pupukea Beach Park: 1,411 rentals
  • Kahana Beach Park: 3,181 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Turtle Bay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.