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Meet Pono, Turtle Bay Resort’s Canine Ambassador

Alicia McCumbers with Pono

Get ready “fur” a real treat! There’s a paw-some new member of the Turtle Bay Ohana. Meet Pono, Turtle Bay Resort's official canine ambassador!

“Being on 850 acres on the North Shore allows Turtle Bay Resort to develop unique programs that enhance the guest experience,” said Jerry Gibson, Turtle Bay Resort's Vice President.  “Adopting a fur friend from Hawaii Fi-Do was a natural fit to our pet-friendly resort, adding a fun way to explore our five miles of unspoiled ocean coastline, 15 miles of hiking trails, and private horse and pony stables.”

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What You Need to Know About the Kīlauea Volcano Activity

Map of Hawaii Islands


*UPDATE May 24

Turtle Bay Resort and all of Hawaii remains safe for visitors, except for the lower Puna region of the island of Hawai'i, AKA the Big Island.

“All of Hawai‘i is open for business and welcoming visitors with the hospitality, aloha, warmth and picturesque settings visitors seek in our islands. This includes Hilo, Pāhoa and the Kona and Kohala coasts on the island of Hawai‘i. The one area that people need to avoid is lower Puna where the eruption is ongoing," said Hawaii Governor Daniel Ige.

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Three Places to Spot Sea Turtles at Turtle Bay

Turtle at Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay is often visited by several different marine mammals and endangered species. Reading our name, you’d assume Turtle Bay is home to several sea turtles and it is. It’s most common for snorkelers and divers to see the honu (green sea turtle) in nearshore waters. The honu are often spotted basking on shore or swimming and feeding in the water.

Please Be Respectful
When you do encounter one of these beautiful and peaceful creatures, be respectful. They are protected under federal law. Do not harass or touch them. Keep at least 15 feet away from them and don’t block their access either to or from the ocean. When you do spot one on shore, avoid making loud noises and do not use flash photography.

Here are three places you can spot sea turtles at Turtle Bay, all locations are located a mile or less from your hotel room.

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