Oahu Wildlife & Fauna
The beaches at Turtle Bay are isolated from large human populations and are a favorite haul-out location for Oahu wildlife including the critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals. We are also located within the 1,218 square nautical miles Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and are pleased to work within their program to protect the winter breeding, calving and nursing range of the largest remaining population of the endangered humpback whale.
We encourage you to enjoy these incredible creatures while recognizing there are laws in place to protect them. Best bet is to quietly respect them from a distance and do not touch or feed them. Turtle Bay is often visited by several different marine mammals and endangered species. It is always a treat to see them 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 their presence from a distance.
‘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 growing population of seals in the Hawaiian Islands and a 2005 survey observed 76 seals on Oahu. Monk seals frequently visit our shorelines to rest and molt. They may look sick, but they are usually perfectly healthy. We take extra precautions to make sure these wonderful animals are left alone and respected.
Honu (Sea Turtle)
The two types of sea turtles most frequently observed at Turtle Bay Resort 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.
Kohola (Humpback Whales)
Humpback whales visit the waters along Turtle Bay Resort beginning in November through April, with the peak season being from January to March. We are located in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary which encompasses approximately 1,218 square nautical miles. We are pleased to work with the sanctuary, which protects the winter breeding, calving and nursing range of the largest remaining humpback population.
Dolphins are often found playing in the waters surrounding Turtle Bay Resort. In fact, this photo was taken within the main Turtle Bay off of the pool deck. Dolphins enjoy swimming in packs and playing with inanimate objects, both in captivity and in the wild. They have frequently been seen using pieces of seaweed or any other debris as objects to toss around, drag off one’s pectoral fins or flukes, and exchange with their friends. They are often spotted in the water as a group of shiny black fins and often do jumps and flips.
100 acres of marsh surrounding our Arnold Palmer golf course is a designated Supporting Habitat for the four species of endangered Waterbirds: Hawaiian Stilt, Hawaiian Coot, Hawaiian Moorhen and Hawaiian Duck. The Wastewater Treatment Plant for the property, mauka of Kamehameha Highway is also designated as a Supporting Habitat for these birds. The golf course water features are also an important habitat for these waterbirds.
Turtle Bay Resort is home to 5 miles of secluded and unspoiled coastline. One of the best places to find native coastal plants is the shoreline along Kahuku Point. It is getting harder to find native plants in Hawaii and we encourage everyone to put on some sunscreen, shoes and a swimsuit and head out in search of these beautiful and rare plants.
WELCOME THE WHALES
We've partnered with NOAA to Count Humpback Whales off the shores of Turtle Bay Resort! Humpback whales visit the waters along Turtle Bay Resort beginning in November through April, with the peak season being from January to March. Come take part in the sanctuary’s award-winning outreach program that gives volunteers the opportunity to monitor and record humpback whale behaviors during their stay in Hawaiian waters. Not only has this proven to be a fun volunteer activity for residents and visitors, but it also helps to provide important population and distribution information on humpback whales around the Hawaiian Islands.
February 29, 2020
March 28, 2020
GUEST WILDLIFE PHOTOS
Don't forget to tag your photos with #TurtleBayResort for a chance to be featured. Please remember that we encourage you to enjoy these incredible creatures while recognizing there are laws in place to protect them. Enjoy their sights and quietly respect them from a distance and do not touch or feed them.