Stay at the Turtle Bay Resort, located at the top of the island. Set on a gently curved bay, the resort features 375 rooms and 42 cottages, all with ocean views. Rooms offer en-suite bathrooms, wireless Internet access, dual line telephones with data ports and satellite televisions. Resort activities include kayaking, snorkeling, tennis, moped or Segway rentals, horseback riding, helicopter tours and whale watching cruises. Surf lessons are available on-site. If you’d rather take it easy, you can stroll on 12 miles of trails on resort grounds. The Spa Luana offers a range of facial, body, massage and beauty treatments in an oceanside setting. Dine at Turtle Bay’s six restaurants or order room service.
No trip to the North Shore would be complete without watching the surfers ride the waves off of the area’s many surfing beaches. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can learn to surf at one of the North Shore’s surf schools. The Sunset Surratt Surf School offers long board, short board and stand-up paddle board lessons for all levels and ages. Choose between private, semi-private or small group lessons. Rentals are also available at the school’s surf shop. North Shore Surf Girls offers lessons for the whole family. The school offers multilingual, all-female instructors and a focus on incorporating Hawaiian culture into each lesson. You can take a few hours of instruction or attend a multi-day surf camp.
The North Shore is home to great snorkeling and diving spots, among them Shark’s Cove. A marine sanctuary, the cove is home to a variety of colorful tropical fish, sea turtles and other sea creatures. Reef Pirates Diving offers one- and two-tank shore diving trips to Shark’s Cove during the summer months. Transportation from Waikiki is included.
Turtle Bay Resort
Sunset Suratt Surf School
North Shore Surf Girls
Reef Pirates Diving: Sharks Cove