Turtle Bay Resort 4.0

North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
Volcanic rock adds to the beach's rugged beauty.

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 Volcanic rock adds to the beach's rugged beauty.
The resort includes five miles of beach, but guests primarily use the beach at Kulima Cove, just outside the main building. The beaches at Turtle Bay are far less crowded than packed Waikiki Beach. Volcanic rock adds to the beach's rugged beauty. A protective coral reef keeps the water fairly calm and clear, allowing for good (though not great) snorkeling. The Moana Surfrider sits on one of the nicest stretches of Waikiki Beach. It's sandy and relatively clean -- but packed. The Moana Surfrider is one of only a handful of hotels with a beach area cordoned off for guests. Chairs are crammed in shoulder to shoulder, but the white rope keeps at least some of the public out. Since the entire coastline of Hawaii is public land, the Kahala's lovely beach is technically open to all. But it has the feel of a private retreat. With its soft white sand and lack of crowds, the Kahala's beach couldn't be more different from Waikiki -- yet it's only a 10- to 15-minute drive up the coast. Ke Iki Beach is long, wide, and uncrowded -- the sandy antithesis of beaches in Waikiki. In the winter, waves top 30 feet at the Ke Iki Beach, making it popular with surfers. Guest-only hammocks swing between palm trees. Volcanic rocks border the beach, while lush green mountains are visible in the distance. The hotel sits on one of Ko Olina's four man-made lagoons, where calm waters are ideal for snorkeling. The still waters of the Ko Olina lagoons make the beaches great for families. Snorkelers should watch for the majestic sea turtles that abound in the lagoons of Ko Olina. One of the four man-made lagoons of Ko Olina. All beaches in Hawaii are public, including the packed Waikiki beach. Yet the Royal Hawaiian has staked out a "private" plot of sand with low metal chains. Chairs are for hotel guests only. After the crowds thin out late in the day, beachcombers can find some peace and quiet on the usually packed Waikiki shores. Queen's Beach, the section of Waikiki Beach in front of the Royal Hawaiian, is always bustling. Kids of all ages can be found playing in the sand and surf. Half a mile from the center of Waikiki, the Sans Souci Beach is calm, clean, and uncrowded. A coral reef near shore keeps the waters calm -- good for swimmers and novice snorkelers. This calm section of beach on the far eastern end of Waikiki where the New Otani sits attracts more locals than tourists. The Hilton Hawaiian Village sits on a half-mile stretch of Waikiki's beautiful turquoise beach known as Fort DeRussy. Protected by a coral reef, it's wider and calmer than the main beach. In addition to having access to an ocean beach, the Hilton Hawaiian Village is home to the sandy shores of the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. A lifeguard stand on the strip of Waikiki Beach near the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Families flock to the Hilton for its kid-friendly features, and beaches and pools can get crowded as a result. A view toward Waikiki beach and Diamond Head from the Hilton Hawaiian Village.