Destination guide

Kick back in Kawela Bay

Kawela Bay, a small but charming community near the northernmost tip of Oahu, stands in sharp contrast to the cosmopolitan capital city of Honolulu, in the south. Things here are less about the likes of gourmet dining and designer label shopping and much more about enjoying the outdoors. The pace at which you do that remains up to you, but with everything from snorkeling to sailing on the menu, you may well be spoiled for choice. And, if you need a place to call home, you'll find many Kawela Bay vacation rentals come complete with unforgettable ocean views.

Things to do

Find Polynesian culture near Kawela Bay

As well as putting you on the spot for a wonderfully diverse array of natural attractions, Kawela Bay vacation rentals place you on the doorstep of all manner of authentic experiences. The Polynesian Cultural Center, a theme park and living museum in Laie, is less than 20 minutes' drive from many rentals. There, visitors are invited to discover the music, dance and traditions of 6 island villages, before tucking into a succulent hog roast at one of the island's most authentic luaus. And if you're up for a late night, you can stick around to be entertained by over 100 Polynesian performers at an action-packed evening show.

Activities

Beach days ahoy in Kawela Bay

Beach days on Oahu's north shore are pretty darn special and no one would blame you for simply settling down to soak up the sun and the views – and perhaps indulge in a cocktail or 2. However, should you manage to rustle up the motivation to leave your perfect spot on the sand, there are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Exploring the nooks and crannies of the bay in a glass-bottomed kayak and wandering along sandy hiking trails that meander from the beach and through a forest of banyan trees are just a small selection of the experiences that await.

Weather

Seasonal appeal in Kawela Bay

Enjoying a stay in Kawela Bay is an option all year round, though there's plenty to be said for heading to the island in September or October – a seasonal sweet spot that, despite the chance of an occasional downpour, offers a killer combo of temperatures in the 80s and attractive rates for Kawela Bay vacation rentals. Over the winter months of December through March, ocean delights abound, with whale-watching opportunities and outstanding surf conditions par for the course and served up in abundance all along the island's sunny north shore.

Natural features

Outdoor delights at Kawela Bay

The setting for swimming and snorkeling is rarely any prettier than at Kawela Bay and adjacent Turtle Bay. The 5-mile stretch of coast from Kawela Bay to Kahuku Point is among the most unspoiled on the island. So unspoiled, in fact, that locals have gone to considerable effort to see that more than 600 acres of the stretch are conserved for future generations and beyond. It's rugged, often windswept, and home to wonderful wildlife, including green sea turtles and endangered monk seals – and it's on the doorstep of Kawela Bay vacation rentals.

How to get there

How to get to and around Kawela Bay

The nearest airport is in Honolulu, HI (HNL-Daniel K. Inouye Intl.), located 25.9 mi (41.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Kapolei, HI (JRF-Kalaeloa), which is 26.9 mi (43.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Kawela Bay?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 805 vacation rentals near Kawela Bay. From 409 Houses to 225 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kawela Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Kawela Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Kawela 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 vacation rentals
  • Polynesian Cultural Center: 1,285 vacation rentals
  • Banzai Pipeline: 1,390 vacation rentals
  • Pupukea Beach Park: 1,408 vacation rentals
  • Kahana Beach Park: 3,191 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kawela Bay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Kawela Bay?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 409 Houses in Kawela Bay. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kawela Bay include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 225 rentals available
  • Cottages: 35 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 35 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Kawela Bay?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 244 vacation rentals with pool available in Kawela Bay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.