Turtle Bay, Oahu
The bay is named after the large number of green sea turtles that inhabit the area and who used to lay their eggs in the sand on the beach years ago.
Geography and environment
The area which is one of the last undeveloped areas on Oʻahu is recognized for its rock formations, wild coastal beaches, threatened green sea turtles and endangered Hawaiian monk seal habitats, whale spottings, traditional fishing areas, small local agricultural lots and Hawaiian ancestral burial grounds.
The beach is sandy but the swimming condition are poor at Turtle Bay because the ocean bottom near shore is rocky. There is a large limestone shelf that spans almost the entire length of the bay. The coastal underwater formations are home to one of the most beautiful limu (algae) found in the Islands. Martensia fragilis grows on rocks in tide pools and on reef flats. This iridescent species ranges from light blue to pink and orange in color.
About 5 miles (8.0 km) of beaches and 12 miles (19 km) of trails surround the bay.
A World War II concrete bunker stands at the tip of the bay's western point. It is located at Coordinates: , just north of Route 83, known as Kamehameha Highway. To the west of the point is Kawela Bay, and to the east, the former site of Kahuku Army Airfield.
The Turtle Bay Resort has the North Shore's sole large hotel. The resort rests on 840 acres (3.4 km2) including the former airfield runways. Other accommodations on the resort include the beach front Villas (built in 2005) and the Kuilima Estates Condos (built in the early 1970). The resort took the "turtle bay" name officially in 1983. Previously the area was called Kuilima, and the point was Kalaeokaunu. A $45 million deal to preserve nearly 630 acres of open space with the Turtle Bay Resort was finalized in October 2015.
The bay is also one of a number of popular spots for kayaking on the North Shore.
In October 2015, Turtle Bay hosted "The Stand Up World Series"; a professional platform for the world’s best stand-up paddle racers to determine the legitimate men’s, women’s and under-16 world champions.
Television and film
Due to its still largely unspoiled landscape, natural beauty and large waves along with its proximity to Honolulu, it is a popular area for filming.
Turtle Bay with its rock formations and constant rolling surf served as a backdrop for the ABC TV series Lost. In addition to outside locations, a World War II-era bunker in the area was used as both an Iraqi Republican Guard installation and a Dharma Initiative research station.
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