The great, calm bays of Kuilima Cove and Kawela Bay offer the ideal learner’s setting for first time stand-up paddlers. Beyond the reef, there is a selection of fun and challenging surf breaks that should only be attempted by intermediate to highly experienced wave riders. These include some of the best-kept surf secrets on the island.
Turtle Bay Resort’s location on the west side of Oahu’s northernmost tip position it centrally to a wide variety of breaks that can handle a large spectrum of wind and wave conditions.
The prevailing north-easterly trade winds make surf spots to the west of the resort the most favorable venues to enjoy smooth surface conditions for paddling and surfing – all those breaks between Haleiwa and Turtle Bay. But occasional “Kona” winds, from the south-west, open up a host of little-surfed secret spots that are magical on their day – these range from Turtle Bay around to Malaekahana and the entire "East Side."
While much of the North Shore surf is flat during the summer months, the trade winds are still known to kick up fun, small surf around the resort, making it one of the only venues for year-round surfing in the Hawaiian Islands.