Laniakea Beach
Laniakea Beach
4.5
00:00 - 23:59
Monday
00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday
00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday
00:00 - 23:59
Thursday
00:00 - 23:59
Friday
00:00 - 23:59
Saturday
00:00 - 23:59
Sunday
00:00 - 23:59
About
Nicknamed Turtle Beach, this unique location is home to a population of Hawaiian green turtles that bask on its sandy shores during the day. Observe these gentle creatures from a safe distance, and watch them make their way through the rough waves that hit the beach. Volunteers are on hand to ensure that the turtles are not disturbed, and there are signs with information and rules. Laniakea Beach is understandably popular with tourists and locals alike—visiting in the morning when the turtles are active and for fewer crowds. You'll have a better chance of seeing turtles in the summer.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Lnmagnee
    Portland, Oregon77 contributions
    Tired Turtles
    I saw four honus (green sea turtles) resting on this beach. They were surrounded by ropes so people wouldn't get too close. Unfortunately, one person walked over the rope right up to one of the turtles before others yelled at them. The volunteer had not been paying attention. Even after the volunteer seemed to notice, they didn't say anything. Pro: green sea turtles Cons: crowded, inattentive volunteer, difficult to find parking
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 February 2023
  • CanadaFamof4
    118 contributions
    Turtles galore
    Saw multiple turtles, so that made it worth the trip alone! Turtle on beach with the human guardian overseeing, plus multiple (8-10 at least in one spot alone) swimming within 6 ft of people in fairly shallow water. Beach is nice, sand does get very hot! Shoreline is rocky and irregular, making it easy to trip and fall even in the knee-deep water. Waves were strong and hard to battle, would not have wanted to go out more than about 15 ft.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2023
  • pama63
    Windham, Maine89 contributions
    Laniakea Beach (turtle beach)
    I went last Nov and didn't see any turtles. So, I went again this trip twice. The first time I saw 1 and was so excited. The second time a few days later I saw 1, then 2 ended up seeing 6!! You park across the street from the small beach. Head to the right down by the trees there is a path to get down to the beach where you'll see the turtle. At first, I thought they were large rocks. It was amazing.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 October 2023
  • islandlovingtwosome
    Lake Forest, California88 contributions
    Nice Beach To Relax, Swim And Watch The Turtles
    I believe this beach is commonly referred to as Turtle Beach, and it lived up to it's name. We were here as a stop on our Circle Island Tour. After lunch, we had a chance to cool off and hopefully see some turtles. We were fortunate enough to see a few of the huge turtles while we were there. They move quite slowly and stop often to eat so we were able to watch from a distance as we would see their heads poke out of the water and go back under.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Sightseer779040
    282 contributions
    Sure fire way to see turtles every day!
    We knew from a previous visit that there are turtles that come up on the beach here every day! They normally come around noon-ish and then stay until after sunset. There is an organization there that monitors the turtles that come up. They are able to identify them and keep everyone a safe distance. The beach is large with plenty of space to spread out and perfect to watch the sunset. There are also quite a few people surfing here as well. If you want a sure fire way to see turtles, this is your spot!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 November 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,419 contributions
    Turtle Beach
    Nicknamed Turtle Beach. Best to come early in the day. While no turtles on the beach, we spotted several in the water which left us satisfied. There is a parking lot available across the street and we had no trouble finding a spot in the middle of the day on a weekday in March. This is not a wide sandy beach to sit on all day but was rather rocky and a good place to stroll around.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 January 2024
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stillaliveca
Winnipeg, Canada79 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
First time we have seen sea turtles live. Only one showed up but the crowd that had gathered was thrilled. Much oohing and aahing.

We waited quite awhile but are delighted that we stayed.
Written 22 February 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,419 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Nicknamed Turtle Beach. Best to come early in the day. While no turtles on the beach, we spotted several in the water which left us satisfied. There is a parking lot available across the street and we had no trouble finding a spot in the middle of the day on a weekday in March. This is not a wide sandy beach to sit on all day but was rather rocky and a good place to stroll around.
Written 10 January 2024
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Sightseer779040
282 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We knew from a previous visit that there are turtles that come up on the beach here every day! They normally come around noon-ish and then stay until after sunset. There is an organization there that monitors the turtles that come up. They are able to identify them and keep everyone a safe distance. The beach is large with plenty of space to spread out and perfect to watch the sunset. There are also quite a few people surfing here as well. If you want a sure fire way to see turtles, this is your spot!
Written 27 November 2023
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Yeraldin S
7 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Didn’t see any turtles but a smallish one in the waves. The shore is rocky and uneven, no place to picnic, parking is wherever you kind find on the sides of the highway, and it was just our bad luck the we didn’t see any turtles. I’m not sure if it was bad luck or it wasn’t the season but we stayed their for about 30 minutes and waited but no turtles. A little disappointing
Written 24 November 2023
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islandlovingtwosome
Lake Forest, CA88 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
I believe this beach is commonly referred to as Turtle Beach, and it lived up to it's name. We were here as a stop on our Circle Island Tour. After lunch, we had a chance to cool off and hopefully see some turtles. We were fortunate enough to see a few of the huge turtles while we were there. They move quite slowly and stop often to eat so we were able to watch from a distance as we would see their heads poke out of the water and go back under.
Written 14 October 2023
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pama63
Windham, ME89 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
I went last Nov and didn't see any turtles. So, I went again this trip twice. The first time I saw 1 and was so excited. The second time a few days later I saw 1, then 2 ended up seeing 6!! You park across the street from the small beach. Head to the right down by the trees there is a path to get down to the beach where you'll see the turtle. At first, I thought they were large rocks. It was amazing.
Written 4 October 2023
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Rose C
Mission, TX13 contributions
Jul 2023
Cute, FREE experience! Hawaii can get pricy quick so enjoy all the freebies of the island. Go early, get a parking spot, carefully hike down and enjoy the turtles!
Written 25 July 2023
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Bex I
Silverdale, New Zealand159 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Went early morning to get a car park, hit one easily. Parking is across a busy road, it is limited however there is a crossing. To get to beach you stumble over tree roots and rocks. There is a small part of Beach to access water. On our day the visibility was 2 arm lengths so hard to see when snorkelling, though a few fish to see. Water is at least warm. Was snorkelling for about an hour and then decided to leave as there was no turtles, however they the. Showed up in the shallow water by the rocks - you can not walk in rocks as covered in green slime. It was great to see them playing however hard to see in the murky water. Discovered better places to see the turtles. Note there are no bathroom or change facilities here.
Written 19 July 2023
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CanadaFamof4
Ontario, Canada118 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Saw multiple turtles, so that made it worth the trip alone! Turtle on beach with the human guardian overseeing, plus multiple (8-10 at least in one spot alone) swimming within 6 ft of people in fairly shallow water. Beach is nice, sand does get very hot! Shoreline is rocky and irregular, making it easy to trip and fall even in the knee-deep water. Waves were strong and hard to battle, would not have wanted to go out more than about 15 ft.
Written 5 July 2023
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Nattayy
55 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
We went there about 5pm and saw a turtle! It was very crowded but worth going there to see - it was raining when we went so not a huge amount of people on the actual beach but if you’re just heading there for the turtles about 5pm is the best time to go
Written 27 June 2023
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