Ho'okipa Beach Park
Ho'okipa Beach Park
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This stretch of white sand beach on the north shore is the favorite of professional windsurfers. Visitors might even spot Hawaii's green sea turtles.
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  • Lorraine B
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sea Turtles Galore
    A great place to see Sea Turtles, especially if you're not a scuba diver willing to brave the ocean surf. They come and rest right on the beach. No daunting hike required either. An added bonus is the beautiful ocean break and rock formations. I believe this is where they do the JAWS surf competition. We also saw wind surfers, wildflowers and painters. There is a BBQ area for families if you want to make a day of it. Or just stop in for a quick photo op with the turtles. And there is a local sea lion that inhabits the beach as well near the lifeguard surf shack.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 3 May 2023
  • LisaMNUSA
    Saint Paul, Minnesota990 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sea turtles
    We arrived around noon and found a parking spot. There were so many see turtle there. When far away, they looked like black rocks, When we walked along the beach, then we realized there were about 14 turtles on the beach.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 20 May 2023
  • aehall7
    Columbus, Ohio167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stop here for views, surf activity, and turtles
    We were actually at the Ho’okipa Lookout watching surfers, kiteboarders, and turtles on the beach. We walked to the north end of the parking lot and walked out on to the rocks. It was a beautiful evening and we listened to the currents hitting the rocks and the activity on the water. Took some short videos to keep the water vibrant in our minds.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 June 2023
  • Fireweed25
    Edmonton, Canada243 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a stop - turtles and surfers!
    We stopped for a look late afternoon on a Saturday. It was very busy with many surfers and windsurfers as well as families in the water. The water was too rough for us novice ocean swimmers, but there was a lifeguard onsite directing people on how to get in and out of the surf. We managed to get a parking spot at the top of the cliff and after watching the surfers for several minutes, walked down to the beach. We saw a handful of sea turtles, many of them active - some coming into the beach, others timing the waves to get back into the ocean and others flipping sand on their backs to cool themselves off. It was a fun stop with lots to see that made it worthwhile.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 November 2023
  • Sarah-Ryan1
    Las Vegas, Nevada157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous views of ocean, turtles, surfers, monk seals (all well protected)
    Lovely place to watch surfers, see turtles, and maybe a monk seal hanging out. We parked in the upper parking area (pro-tip: skip that port-a-potty! Yikes). Bathroom facilities near the main beach area are heavily used but still in decent shape. Lots of kiddos and families in the tide pools, but beyond that this is not a swimming beach unless you are a strong/prepared swimmer/surfer. Lovely for beach strolls and people watching too.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 January 2024
  • Matt Mills
    London, Canada348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A MUST-SEE if visiting Maui!
    Holy TURTLES!!! We thought we were lucky to see so many turtles when we were snorkelling on the other side of the island in Kihei, but when we walked down to this beach I counted 80, yes 8-0 turtles laying on the beach! It was incredible. Really cool to see many bathing in the sun, and others heading out to the ocean, while others were coming in to dry off and sun bathe. Really memorable. Bonus is that you can also watch some awesome surfing at the same time! I could’ve stayed and watched this beach for hours 😁 Highly recommend!!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 January 2024
  • M Moore
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Turtles, turtles, turtles!!!
    This place was suggested to us by a Maui Aquarium docent, when we asked for a good place to see turtles in their natural habitat. Located about 10 minutes from the airport, the perfect place to stop when you have some time before check-in. Turtles, turtles, turtles, surfers, surfers, surfers, and the most beautiful coastline. So glad we there!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 January 2024
  • JoeNathan9249
    Saint Paul, Minnesota6,100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    5 star, free attraction that's great for people of any age. Turtles are incredible.
    People living on the island including staff at our hotel described this as "must see" if you'd like to see giant turtles, some of them 1000+ years old. They were right! The area were the turtles climb onto and rest on the beach is roped off and fortunately at least when we were there, people respected this. The turtles are incredible. LOTS of people know about this and the parking lot isn't huge, so you may have to walk 5-10 minutes. But that's ok. This is a free, 5 star attraction. We had 11 year old grandchildren who were fascinated. This is one of those rare free attractions that that is great for people of any age.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 February 2024
  • Sherry E
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well over 100 turtles on the beach!
    We arrived around 3:30 or so and stayed for an hour sitting on a beach blanket and watching the gorgeous waves and surfboarders. I was hoping to see 40-60 turtles. There were way more than that! Turtles covered an area of the beach. I stopped counting around 50 and I hadn't even counted 1/2 of them yet.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 February 2024
  • kman1130
    Windham, Maine183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing beach to watch turtles and surfing
    Was really looking forward to seeing the Giant Green turtles. It was truely wonderful. The beach was beautiful, nice bathroom, nice covered picnic area. The lifeguard was interactive with people educating them about the living reef and where they should go to enter the water without damaging. The were alot of signed due to the waves size that can be dangerous for swimmers. Great place to watch the surfers and the kite boarding.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 March 2024
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kman1130
Windham, ME183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Was really looking forward to seeing the Giant Green turtles. It was truely wonderful. The beach was beautiful, nice bathroom, nice covered picnic area. The lifeguard was interactive with people educating them about the living reef and where they should go to enter the water without damaging. The were alot of signed due to the waves size that can be dangerous for swimmers. Great place to watch the surfers and the kite boarding.
Written 14 March 2024
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Hrothmir
Smyrna, GA203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We went to Ho'okipa twice, with a goal of seeing the sunbathing sea turtles. Our first time, we did not see any - from the overlook parking lot above the beach. The second time, we also did not see any...initially. Then we walked down the road from the overlook to the beach itself. As we walked down that road, we saw 20+ turtles sunbathing. We continued to the beach itself and walked towards the end of the beach beneath the overlook (where the turtles were). The area is roped off so you cannot get as close as you might like - but you still get a good view. I thought the view of the turtles looking down onto the beach from road connecting the overlook to the beach was better than the view from the beach itself.

A key point here is: If you are looking for the turtles from the overlook, you may miss them because they may be on the part of the beach that is directly below the overlook and obscured from the overlook itself. And you may not see them if you just drive down the road from the overlook to the beach (you need to walk it and look over the wall at the beach-side edge of that road). I wish I had known that in advance - as the turtles were probably there the first time we stopped and we just didn't know where to look.

Seeing the large green sea turtles sunbathing (at Ho'okipa and another beach) was a highlight of my time in Maui.
Written 13 March 2024
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Sherry E
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We arrived around 3:30 or so and stayed for an hour sitting on a beach blanket and watching the gorgeous waves and surfboarders. I was hoping to see 40-60 turtles.
There were way more than that! Turtles covered an area of the beach. I stopped counting around 50 and I hadn't even counted 1/2 of them yet.
Written 17 February 2024
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JoeNathan9249
Saint Paul, MN6,100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
People living on the island including staff at our hotel described this as "must see" if you'd like to see giant turtles, some of them 1000+ years old. They were right!

The area were the turtles climb onto and rest on the beach is roped off and fortunately at least when we were there, people respected this. The turtles are incredible.

LOTS of people know about this and the parking lot isn't huge, so you may have to walk 5-10 minutes. But that's ok. This is a free, 5 star attraction. We had 11 year old grandchildren who were fascinated. This is one of those rare free attractions that that is great for people of any age.
Written 14 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

M Moore
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This place was suggested to us by a Maui Aquarium docent, when we asked for a good place to see turtles in their natural habitat. Located about 10 minutes from the airport, the perfect place to stop when you have some time before check-in. Turtles, turtles, turtles, surfers, surfers, surfers, and the most beautiful coastline. So glad we there!
Written 20 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Matt Mills
London, Canada348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Holy TURTLES!!!

We thought we were lucky to see so many turtles when we were snorkelling on the other side of the island in Kihei, but when we walked down to this beach I counted 80, yes 8-0 turtles laying on the beach!

It was incredible. Really cool to see many bathing in the sun, and others heading out to the ocean, while others were coming in to dry off and sun bathe.

Really memorable.

Bonus is that you can also watch some awesome surfing at the same time! I could’ve stayed and watched this beach for hours 😁

Highly recommend!!
Written 7 January 2024
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Sarah-Ryan1
Las Vegas, NV157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Lovely place to watch surfers, see turtles, and maybe a monk seal hanging out. We parked in the upper parking area (pro-tip: skip that port-a-potty! Yikes). Bathroom facilities near the main beach area are heavily used but still in decent shape. Lots of kiddos and families in the tide pools, but beyond that this is not a swimming beach unless you are a strong/prepared swimmer/surfer. Lovely for beach strolls and people watching too.
Written 1 January 2024
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Gary F
Castle Rock, CO684 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A lot of surfing happening and a lot of waves splashing around great rock formations just off the coast. Good vantage point to watch the ocean.
Written 6 December 2023
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Fireweed25
Edmonton, Canada243 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We stopped for a look late afternoon on a Saturday. It was very busy with many surfers and windsurfers as well as families in the water. The water was too rough for us novice ocean swimmers, but there was a lifeguard onsite directing people on how to get in and out of the surf.

We managed to get a parking spot at the top of the cliff and after watching the surfers for several minutes, walked down to the beach. We saw a handful of sea turtles, many of them active - some coming into the beach, others timing the waves to get back into the ocean and others flipping sand on their backs to cool themselves off. It was a fun stop with lots to see that made it worthwhile.
Written 5 November 2023
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KRuff
Bigfork, MT16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Great spot while driving the coast. Parking was not too hard to find and we had plenty of room to just lay and watch turtles swim.
Written 8 October 2023
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