Turtle Bay is often visited by several different marine mammals and endangered species. It is always a treat to see wild animals on our shores but please follow the law. Keep your distance and respect these amazing creatures. Do not touch them, harass them or feed them. Enjoy Oahu wildlife presence from a distance.
Kohola (Humpback Whales)
Humpback whales visit the waters along Turtle Bay Resort beginning each year in November and can be seen through April, with the peak of the season being from January to March. Turtle Bay Resort is located in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary which encompasses approximately 1,218 square nautical miles of coastal and ocean waters around the main Hawaiian Islands. Turtle Bay is pleased to work with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, which protects the winter breeding, calving and nursing range of the largest remaining population of the endangered humpback whale.
Honu (Sea Turtles)
The two types of sea turtles most frequently observed at Turtle Bay are the green sea turtle and the hawksbill sea turtle. The green sea turtle is listed as a threatened species under federal and state law. Hawaiian green sea turtles have shown a good population recovery in recent years, although they are still plagued with a papilloma virus that causes disfiguring tumors. Hawksbill sea turtles are sighted much less frequently than the greens. Honu are spotted on every kayak tour. After all it isn't called Turtle Bay for nothing.
‘Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua (Monk Seal)
Hawaiian monk seals are among the most critically endangered mammals in the world. Only about 1,200 seals are alive today. There is a small and growing population of seals in the main Hawaiian Islands and a 2005 survey observed 76 seals here. Monk seals frequently haul-out on our shorelines to rest and molt. They may look sick, but they are usually perfectly healthy. Beaches at Turtle Bay are isolated from large human populations and are a favorite haul-out location for these critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals. Turtle Bay Resort takes extra precausions to make sure these wonderfull animals are left alone and are treated with respect.
Whales and dolphins are highly perceptive of their surrounding environment. Dolphins are often found playing with inanimate objects, both in captivity and in the wild. They have frequently been seen using plastic bags, pieces of seaweed or any other debris as objects to toss around, drag off one’s pectoral fins or flukes, and exchange with other members. Such observations are suggestive of playing games similar to our version of “tag” or “catch”. Play in animals is a way of learning or practicing important life skills.