So on the far north end of Oahu is the Turtle Bay Resort.
This is the only resort on the North Shore, and this is also where the Kuilima Cove snorkeling beach is located.
While this is the beach that resort guests go to, you don’t need to stay at Turtle Bay in order to snorkel here or visit this beach. It’s a public beach, so if you are looking for beginner-friendly snorkeling spots on the North Shore, you can consider going to Kuilima Cove as a beginner snorkeler!
The immediate swimming area off the shores of the Kuilima Cove beach can be a bit more sheltered because of the bay formation.
As described by Turtle Bay Resort:
Kuilima Cove is a sandy inlet that features one of the safest beaches on the North Shore for swimming, protected by a reef from ocean swells.
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But while it is considered a safer beach, it is still the ocean! So, always use caution!
No lifeguard on duty.
Swimming area has sharp coral bottom
Dangerous current beyond buoys.
Stay to the right of the buoys.
Food near Kuilima Cove
Roy’s Beach House is basically right at Kuilima Cove, making it a beachfront bar and restaurant on the North Shore.
You can also order food for take-out here.
Pictures (and Roy’s Beach House menu food prices!) are from 2017.
And that’s a bit about snorkeling on the North Shore!
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And for after your snorkeling at Kuilima Cove, have a look at more things you can do on the North Shore!
HAPPY SNORKELING AT KUILIMA COVE!