Sunrise and Sunset at Turtle Bay

One of the highlights of any trip to Hawaii is watching the sunset over the Pacific, or depending on where you’re staying, sunrise. Rarely do you get to enjoy both at the same location.

But on our recent trip to Hawaii, we spent half our time at Turtle Bay on the tip of Oahu (a special place for a special anniversary) and got to see both sunrise and sunset from our hotel. What a treat!

Every morning I woke up early for sunrise – it was easy to do since we were still adjusting to the three-hour time change from Seattle.

Some days I walked down the beach and waited quietly – almost reverently – with a handful of others, as color began to build in the distance.

Other mornings I stayed closer to the hotel with a few other solitary types contemplating the day.

In the evenings we gathered at the Sunset Bar, though not quite as solitary, it was a perfect place to watch the waves roll in and surfers riding them – while watching the sun go down.

That too was marvelous. I’m still pinching myself that I was actually there.

~ Susanne

23 Comments on “Sunrise and Sunset at Turtle Bay

  1. I’ve only been to Hawaii once before, but you have captured it well. The first memories that come to memory are swimming with turtles and going to a luau on Thanksgiving.

    • Thank you.. šŸ˜Š We’ve been a few times and always enjoy it. Swimming with turtles sounds marvelous and we also enjoyed a couple luaus before but not this time.

  2. Fabulous photos Susanne. Hawaii is a great place for sunsets and sunrises. In my time here I’ve become a big fan of sunrises, because I wake early and it’s such a peaceful time of day.

    • Thanks, Graham. I believe it. I’m usually not up early enough to see the sunrise here, and the views are not nearly so great as over the Pacific! šŸ™‚

  3. There is nothing better than being ‘Far West’ to enjoy sunrise and sunset. Living in the extreme East of Britain, we lose out on such wonders.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks, Pete. It was definitely a special spot for enjoying both! I never thought about what sunrise and sunset would look like where you are. Do you enjoy sunrise when you visit the coast?

      • I would have to travel a long way west to get such sunrises, and be up early enough to enjoy them! Sunrise for us on the East coast is usually just a big ball of light that is too bright to look at. šŸ™‚

    • I’ve heard about the beauty of Cape Town and would love to see sunset there. It’s an awfully long flight from Seattle (over 20 hours) so I’m not sure I’ll get there! šŸ˜‰ But who knows? šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

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