You Had Me at Aloha ❥ Turtle Bay Resort [Review]

Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort

Back in May, I took my mom to Oʻahu as a happy mother’s day gift as well as to celebrate my birthday in advance. We stayed at Turtle Bay Resort up at North Shore and it was quite the magical stay. I know that this is such a long overdue post but I’d been busy migrating the site from Blogger to WordPress. A lot of things are still not how I like them so I apologize in advance for any awkward site transitions. Without further ado, let’s jump right into the review!

Turtle Bay Resort

Address: 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI 96731, United States
Phone Number: +1 808-293-6000

Check-In Time: 3:00PM
Check-Out Time: 11:00AM

Reservation was made through Expedia with their vacation package deal. Price including roundtrip flight for two plus premier hotel room with one king bed and ocean views for three nights was $2,364.15 CAD.

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Amenities: ★★★★☆ (horse barn, golf court, tennis court, spa and fitness center, and surfing!!!)
Cleanliness: ★★★★☆
Comfort: ★★★★☆
Quietness: ★★★★☆
Safety: ★★★★☆
Space: ★★★★☆
Proximity to Airport: ★☆☆☆☆
Value of Price: ★★★★☆
Internet Access: Free
Breakfast: Not included
Valet Parking: Free (included in resort service fee)

– Plenty of activities to choose from, you’ll never get bored
– Great resort to stay at if you want to check out North Shore
– The area is known for turtle watching and there are excellent waves for surfing
– Weekly luau on Sunday nights (Hawaiin party/feast with hula dance performances)

– At least an hour drive away from Honolulu Airport (hotel does offer car rental and shuttle services)
– Very far from Honolulu main attraction area
– Resort charges service fees of close to $40/night

Getting to the Resort
From Honolulu International Airport, we took an Uber up to North Shore to Turtle Bay Resort. We tipped the driver extra too since it was such a long ride and Uber drivers rarely go up that far. That said, going back to the airport we either had to take the resort shuttle, which was about $151.83 for two passengers, or what we did was rent a car with Enterprise for I can’t remember how much, but at most $60-70, less than the shuttle for sure. It was just a basic Toyota Corolla and we used this chance to explore Honolulu as well.

Horseback Riding
At Turtle Bay Resort, you can spend your time riding through scenic trails where several famous movies have been filmed at. Click to read more!

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Weekly Luau
As mentioned above, the resort puts on a traditional Hawaiian feast every Sunday night and features Polynesian dancers in their beautiful straw skirts as well as courageous warriors of the fire dance.

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Even though a luau is supposed to be a “feast”, you still have to order your own food and drinks at The Point Sunset & Pool Bar. Be sure to make your way down to the bar early if you want to get a seat and have food ready by the time the performance starts. We took an afternoon nap and overslept so we made it 10 minutes before the show started and the place was packed! We had to sit on the very side on the grass since there were no more seats left. The view wasn’t fantastic but definitely a special experience nonetheless. Do not miss it!

Overall a fabulous stay. Very laid back and relaxing and my mom absolutely loved it. It is quite different than staying at a hotel in the Honolulu area. There’s no shopping, there’s less tourist distraction, you’re in a more secluded area, and you really do just learn to appreciate mother nature. Every day you wake up to the sound of the rolling waves and the smell of seawater. Obviously it is still a resort so it’s not 100% organic but compared to the busy Waikiki, it’s just a different kind of oasis. Mahalo O’ahu.

Like what you see? Check here for availabilities and book today!

On that note, I’ll end today’s review with a couple more shots of our stay here at Turtle Bay Resort and be sure to sign up for newsletters so you receive e-mail notifications for whenever I come out with new blog posts!

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Turtle Bay ResortDinner at Pa‘akai.

Turtle Bay ResortNext morning breakfast buffet at Kula Grille.

Turtle Bay ResortPoolside chillin’.

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Turtle Bay ResortLunch at Lei Lei’s Bar and Grill. Food here was amazing, definitely my favorite meal of the stay.

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Last video using my cracked sensor camera, I swear!


  1. Ashley Huang
    August 24, 2016 / 2:55 am

    Wow yet another great post with great photos 🙂

      August 24, 2016 / 7:25 pm

      Hey Ashley, thanks so much for your constant support! XOXO

  2. Kandace
    August 25, 2016 / 5:05 am

    I love’d the Pink Lush Bath bomb! Cute! And to top it off you visited one of my favorite places ever, Hawaii!

      August 25, 2016 / 5:07 am

      Damn girl, you spotted that right away! Good eye!!

      August 26, 2016 / 6:24 pm

      Hi Jo. Thanks so much for your compliment. Hope you stick around for the amazing photos and fun adventures that are coming up!

  3. August 27, 2016 / 2:53 am

    What a beautiful resort! Will definitely have to add this place to my bucket list of places to stay 🙂

      August 29, 2016 / 4:14 am

      Hey Flo, you definitely should! Very beautiful resort and great place to stay for exploring North Shore 🙂

  4. Alicia
    September 5, 2016 / 11:13 pm

    Gorgeous place! It’s definitely a future travel destination for me! 😀

      September 6, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      Hey Alicia, thanks for stopping by and for sure check out Hawaii when you get a chance! <3

  5. Jacquelyn Moreno
    October 27, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    Awesome photos! I have yet to explore North Shore. Thanks for sharing.

      October 27, 2016 / 6:53 pm

      Thank you so much, Jacquelyn! You should definitely visit when you get the chance to!

  6. December 13, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    Great post thanks for sharing, love your pics too, they’re gorgeous! We’re off to Hawaii next year and it’s great to get some insights : D

      December 14, 2016 / 12:53 am

      Awww how exciting!!!!! Where abouts in Hawaii are you headed? Well no matter where, it’s Hawaii. I’m sure it’ll be a beautiful and memorable trip. Can’t wait to see your photos!!

  7. March 1, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    What a great and detailed review. I loooove Hawaii and even though I have been there twice I feel the need to go at least 10 more times hahah And yes if my gym only had that view… hello six pack! hahaah

      March 28, 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Bahahhaaa thanks Claudia!! And me tooooooo omg once was not enough for me, especially there are so many other islands to explore!

  8. August 3, 2017 / 9:37 am

    I’m from Hawaii and Turtle Bay is definitely one of the nicer resorts! Looks like you had so much fun!

      December 19, 2017 / 4:59 pm

      Hey Roxy! Sorry for the late reply, but yes, we most certainly had a blast 😀

  9. August 17, 2017 / 6:15 am

    Such an awesome resort! How long would you recommend staying on the North Shore?

      December 19, 2017 / 5:02 pm

      Hi Agness, apologies for the delayed response… The length of your stay would depend on what kind of a traveler you are. My mom and I both came here with the sole purpose of relaxing hence we stayed here for a weekend and did nothing but stay within the resort grounds just sunbathing, horseback riding, etc. There’s also quite a lot to do around the area too so I’d definitely recommend 2-3 nights at least. But of course, if you’re more of an avid explorer and want to see more of the rest of the island within a short period of time then by all means a night or two would suffice as well.

  10. September 1, 2017 / 10:21 am

    What a beautiful place! I have been to Big Island but still want to return to other islands as well. Looks like you had a blast. Loving all the photos you have taken, again!

      December 19, 2017 / 5:02 pm

      Thanks Paula! I haven’t been to the Big Island yet but I’ve seen photos and it looks amazing. We both need to revisit Hawaii sometime soon 😉

  11. Lauren Pescarus
    April 15, 2018 / 9:16 am

    I have always wanted to visit Hawaii, but it’s hard to decide to hit the touristy areas my first time or go out all authentic. Your post nudged me a little closer to authentic. Such beautiful photos, another lovely post!

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