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Seven Reasons to Visit the North Shore this Summer

Posted on Fri, 2017/02/10 - 2:36pm by Ginger Oswald

Although the incredible natural beauty and relaxed, friendly lifestyle of the North Shore have been described as “Hawaii as it used to be”, there are many reasons to enjoy a summer vacation in Oahu's North Shore at Turtle Bay. Here are seven that quickly come to mind.

1. Fresh and Refreshing Seasonal Fare
There are five places to dine within the hotel itself, and two additional resort choices within a few minutes walk. All seven restaurants, bistros and bars feature fresh-picked fruits from local farms, including Turtle Bay’s own farm, and fresh-caught seafood selected by our chefs from the docks and fish markets along the North Shore. The quality and purity of the food are among the reasons Time/Life recently judged Hawaii to be the world’s healthiest place to live.  Not “one of the healthiest” but “the healthiest” (PERIOD)


2. We Keep Cool with the Trade Winds
As summer kicks into full swing and the days take on a blistering heat on the mainland, the North Shore remains cool and breezy. The secret? The North Shore is blessed with the prevailing trade winds that keep the heat at bay. While the rest of the US sweats it out through July, August and September, you can expect temperatures on the North Shore to hover between the high 70s and low to mid-80s, all thanks to those prevailing northwest trade winds. All in all, the trades provide a marvelous system of natural ventilation, especially during the summer months when the sun is almost directly overhead.


3. Sunrises and Sunsets You Have to See To Believe
While sunsets and sunrises on the North Shore are legendary all year long, as we swing into the depths of summer, they seem to take on an even more vibrant hue. When the sun peaks over the horizon in the morning, you’ll be greeted with soft oranges hanging over the sparkling morning water. At sunset, you’ll bear witness to a sky on fire. Purple, greens, and brilliant shades of red mixed with orange fill the Hawaiian sky. There’s no better way to end the day than by taking in a sunset at Turtle Bay with a cold drink in your hand and special someone by your side. And if you’re lucky, you’ll see an optical phenomenon known as The Green Flash, a spot that appears above the upper rim of the sun creating a burst of intense green light lasting for no more than a second or two. (Thanks to our guest @hanna_dol for sharing this awesome shot!)


4. Experiences Second to None
While the North Shore may be renowned for its massive surf in the winter time, summer in the country offers up smaller and much more manageable waves that make it ideal for beginners and those looking for a fun afternoon in the water. With lessons and a wave directly in front of the hotel, summer is the perfect time for beginners to take to the water. If you’re an avid surfer, there are a handful of hidden lineups within a short distance of Turtle Bay that come to life in the summertime as well. Let our North Shore Guide’s club unveil a hidden side to one of surfing’s most famous destinations.


5. The Wildlife is Wilder
Although Turtle Bay’s Humpback whales (Kohola) return to their Arctic feeding grounds each summer, the months of June, July, August and September are perfect months to view and to photograph the resort’s amazing variety of flora and fauna.

The two types of sea turtles (Honu) that are most frequently observed at Turtle Bay are the green sea turtle and the hawksbill sea turtle. Honu are spotted on every kayak tour. After all, it isn't called Turtle Bay for nothing. You’ll also see monk seals, another critically endangered species, as well as playful dolphins (Nai’a) that exhibit human-like forms of behavior. While at Turtle Bay this summer we recommend you swim with the sharks and also snorkel the reefs surrounding the resort, where the water is so clear and the hundreds of species of tropical fish are so colorful and so abundant, you’ll swear you are swimming inside an aquarium.


6. The Hiking and Biking is Even Better
With five miles of shoreline, beaches and bays and more than 850 acres of tropical forest overlooking Kuilima Cove, Turtle Bay offers extraordinary hiking and cycling on the resort’s 12 miles of maintained trail system. Last summer, Turtle Bay introduced three new mountain bike trails, including one named The Magic Bus. There’s also a new Pump Track located near the Tennis Club. A pump track is a small, looping trail system of dirt berms and “rollers” designed for mountain biking without the rider pedaling. The name comes from the lower and upper-body pumping motion used by the cyclist to propel himself/herself around the course.


7. The Longer you Stay, The More you Save!

Get ready for a sizzling summer, fantastic fall, or a wondrous winter with ocean views from every room and a reason to stay longer!

Travel Period: June 1 - December 21, 2017

  • Save 10% when you stay 4 nights
  • Save 15% when you stay 5 nights
  • Save 20% when you stay 6 or more nights


*Stay Longer Save More promotional rate is valid for stays between the dates of 06/01/2017 through 12/21/2017 only. Rate is not combinable with other rates or package and does not include tax or resort service fee. This Oahu resort deal is valid on new bookings only. Blackout dates will apply. This Turtle Bay Resort special is based upon availability.