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Papaoneone (Turtle) Beach

The Hawaiian name of this beach is Papaoneone Beach, but it is more commonly known as Turtle Beach, named for the Sea Turtles who like to feed on the seaweed that grows on the reef here. These Sea Turtles can frequently be seen in the early morning hours just offshore. Turtle Beach is a hidden gem on Oahu’s Leeward Coast. It is not among the most popular beaches on this side of the island, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad beach. To the contrary, the almost white sand contrasts amazingly with the azure blue water. The ocean looks especially turquoise here for some reason; more than on many other Oahu beaches. On the south end of the beach is Mauna Lahilahi, a small mountain which provides a scenic backdrop. Two condominiums, The Hawaiian Princess and Makaha Beach Cabanas, are also located on this side of the beach.  Checkout our rentals at The Hawaiian Princess if you’d like to spend a few days on this magnificent beach.It’s easy to miss Turtle Beach while driving along Oahu’s west shore as it is not visible from the road. There is a small dirt parking area along the road and three narrow public access walkways leading to the ocean. The only thing Turtle Beach lacks is shade. So if you plan to come here for the day, bring a beach umbrella.In the winter months, the surf can get very high here and this is when swimming is too dangerous. Even in the summer months there can be a strong shorebreak and currents on this beach. A sea cave, called Ulua cave, is located offshore and is a popular scuba diving location in the summer months, with a depth of around 80 feet. As always, be careful when going into the ocean and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Turtle Beach Overview

  • Wide pocket of sand
  • Mauna Lahilahi provides a scenic backdrop on south end of the beach
  • Snorkeling can be good when the ocean is calm (usually in the summer months)
  • High surf and strong currents in the winter (November to February)
  • Steep shorebreak and strong undertow in nearshore waters (can occur year-round)


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Papaoneone Beach FAQ

How can I best enjoy the sea turtles at Turtle Beach?

For an optimal sea turtle experience at Papaoneone Beach, adhere to Hawaii laws by observing these majestic creatures from a distance. Refrain from disturbing or touching them, respecting their natural behavior. By responsibly enjoying their presence, you contribute to the preservation of this unique Oahu destination, fostering a positive coexistence between humans and the local marine life.

What activities can be best enjoyed at Papaoneone (Turtle) Beach?

Explore the vibrant reef and tidepools at Papaoneone Beach for a unique marine adventure. Witness the fascinating underwater world while snorkeling in the clear water, which is usually calmest during summer months. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and observe sea turtles in their natural habitat.

What facilities are available at Papaoneone (Turtle) Beach?

Papaoneone Beach maintains its pristine, natural charm with minimal facilities, making it a hidden gem. Apart from two condominiums, there are few impositions to its untouched beauty. Visitors are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring their own shade, enhancing the experience of a serene day along the shoreline.

Can I stay near Papaoneone Beach?

Explore premier access to Papaoneone Beach by booking a stay at one of these Makaha vacation rentals. These accommodations offer proximity to the beach, providing an immersive experience in the natural beauty of Oahu’s west coast. Enjoy the convenience of staying close to Papaoneone Beach and exploring the nearby attractions while relishing the comfort and amenities these Makaha vacation rentals have to offer.