Laniakea Beach

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Laniakea Beach, United States

Laniakea Beach Reviews

kingoftheicedragons kingofth…
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Turtle Beach Apr 05, 2011
Laniakea Beach, or Turtle Beach, as it may be known is just outside of the town of Haleiwa, Oahu, as you get on Kamehameha Hwy heading east. You'll know you found it after you pass a field with horses in it and then you'll see a bunch of cars pulled over on the right-hand side of the beach. There are no signs that signify that you've found it.

The significance of this beach is the surfing, as the waves here are big, and the sea turtles. When we were there, we saw numerous turtles in the ocean near shore, and then near the rocky areas of the beach, there were two sea turtles that were sunning themselves on the sand. There are volunteers who staff the area to answer questions about the turtles and make sure that no one disturbs the turtles that are sunning themselves. They will put red rope around the turtles at the distance that they don't want anyone to get any closer. The volunteers seem knowledgeable about the turtles and who's who. The two on the beach they said they had never seen before, whereas they were pointing to some in the water and telling people what their names were. As we were watching, one of the turtles decided that it was time to go back into the water, so we were able to see him make his way back into the ocean.

You cannot swim with the turtles here, as there are numerous signs that say no swimming. I think this is more because of the the huge waves and the strong undercurrent that would make swimming here risky (and the only reason why this beach does not have a five star rating in my opinion). But if you're looking for a beach for any other reason, this is a good one.
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jamartin39 says:
We didnt spend any time on the north shore beaches, but when we went the waves were huge, there was definatly not going to be a swimming
Posted on: Apr 10, 2011
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Turtle Watching at Turtle Beach Aug 21, 2008
Laniakea Beach (also known as "Turtle Beach") is the place on the island of O`ahu for all turtle lovers have to go because that is where the Honu (or Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) can be seen up close. It is definitely worth the long drive from the south to the North Shore to see and observe turtles. It is an amazing experience.

You can see the turtles basking on shore, but it probably depends what time of day they are usually basking. I believe typically during midday and early afternoon you will see them basking. When it is high tide, it is most likely the turtles will be in the sea, near the shore eating algae. Also, if you want to see the turtles under the sea, bring your snorkeling equipment. It is said that there are about 20 green sea turtles that regularly swim in Laniakea Beach, but I do not know how many turtles on average are at Laniakea Beach everyday. Keep in mind that it is against the law to touch the Green Sea Turtles. When snorkeling, keep distance from the turtles. When the turtles are basking, most of the time there are red ropes bordering the turtles with a little sign that says to not touch the turtles.

There are no facilities at Turtle Beach.

You can check out my blog to see more photos of Laniakea Beach and turtles basking.
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esterrene says:
sounds wonderful!!!
Posted on: Sep 04, 2008
TRE69 says:
I want to go here and see the honu!!!:P
Posted on: Aug 29, 2008
coreyjay1977 coreyjay…
16 reviews
Laniakea Beach Oct 13, 2008
Laniakea Beach, also known as Lani's Beach or Turtle Beach is a well known surfing spot on Oahu's North Shore. The beach offers great sand and an opportunity to relax. So, bring your swim wear and snorkel gear to enjoy a day at the beach. But the best thing about Turtle Beach is, well the turtles of course, and it's free!

These Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (Honu in Hawaiian) at Laniakea come close into to shore to feed on the seaweed growing on the nearby rocks. The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle is a reptile that can live up to 80 years of age. Like other reptiles, the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle is cold-blooded. So they will sometimes haul themselves up on the beach to bask in the warm Hawaiian sun. They will allow people to swim and snorkel in the water with them. Mostly a passive animal, they have been know to snap or nip people who have gotten to close. The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle is listed as a endangered animal and even touching the animal carries a hefty fine.
Three tutles basking in the Hawaii…
Me and a basking turtle at Turtle …
A basking turtle at Turtle Beach.
A turtle just out of the water. Y…

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