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So on the far north end of Oahu is the Turtle Bay Resort.

 

Kuilima Cove snorkeling beach. Turtle Bay Resort public beach on North Shore Oahu. Hawaii travel blog

Kuilima Cove snorkeling beach. Turtle Bay Resort public beach on North Shore Oahu. Hawaii travel blog

Kuilima Cove snorkeling beach. Turtle Bay Resort public beach on North Shore Oahu. Hawaii travel blog

 

This is the only resort on the North Shore, and this is also where the Kuilima Cove snorkeling beach is located.

 

Kuilima Cove snorkeling beach bay. Best snorkeling spots on North Shore Oahu for beginners. Hawaii travel blog

 

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!

 

Kuilima Cove snorkeling beach. Turtle Bay Resort public beach on North Shore Oahu. Hawaii travel blog

Kuilima Cove snorkeling beach. Turtle Bay Resort public beach on North Shore Oahu. Hawaii travel blog

 

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.

 

Kuilima Cove snorkeling beach bay. Best snorkeling spots on North Shore Oahu for beginners. Hawaii travel blog

Kuilima Cove snorkeling beach bay. Best snorkeling spots on North Shore Oahu for beginners. Hawaii travel blog

Kuilima Cove snorkeling beach bay. Best snorkeling spots on North Shore Oahu for beginners. Hawaii travel blog

Kuilima Cove snorkeling beach bay. Best snorkeling spots on North Shore Oahu for beginners. Hawaii travel blog

 

 

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What the people of Oahu want you to know about Kuilima Cove

But while it is considered a safer beach, it is still the ocean! So, always use caution!

 

Kuilima Cove beach. beginner friendly safety. Turtle Bay Resort public beach on North Shore Oahu. Hawaii travel blog

Kuilima Cove beach. beginner friendly safety. Turtle Bay Resort public beach on North Shore Oahu. Hawaii travel blog

Kuilima Cove beach. beginner friendly safety. Turtle Bay Resort public beach on North Shore Oahu. Hawaii travel blog

 

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. 

 

Food near Kuilima Cove, food near Turtle Bay Resort. Roy's Beach House. beachfront bar. beachfront restaurant on the North Shore Oahu. Hawaii travel blog

Food near Kuilima Cove, food near Turtle Bay Resort. Roy's Beach House. beachfront bar. beachfront restaurant on the North Shore Oahu. Hawaii travel blog

Menu Roy's Beach House. Turtle Bay Resort restaurant at Kuilima Cove. beachfront bar. beachfront restaurant on the North Shore Oahu. Hawaii travel blog

Menu Roy's Beach House. Turtle Bay Resort restaurant at Kuilima Cove. beachfront bar. beachfront restaurant on the North Shore Oahu. Hawaii travel blog

Menu Roy's Beach House. Turtle Bay Resort restaurant at Kuilima Cove. beachfront bar. beachfront restaurant on the North Shore Oahu. Hawaii travel blog
Pictures (and Roy’s Beach House menu food prices!) are from 2017.

 

 

And that’s a bit about snorkeling on the North Shore!

 

For more snorkeling spots on the North Shore, have a look to Shark’s Cove that’s in the Pupukea marine life conservation district.

And be sure to see the snorkeling essentials for Hawaii to pack for your trip to Oahu!

 

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!

 

Kuilima Cove snorkeling beach bay. Best snorkeling spots on North Shore Oahu for beginners. Hawaii travel blog

 

 

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