Laniakea Beach (Turtle Beach)

4.5 stars from 9 reviews
Address Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
Know as Turtle Beach because so many turtles hang out here.

• Facilities: Lifeguard • Facilities: Showers
• Sand Type: Regular • Parking: Good / Plenty
• Good For: Turtle Sightings

Full Description
Laniakea Beach is better known as Turtle Beach because of the large, you guessed it, turtle population that frequent this beach.

It's a great place to stop and have a look for the little guys (and girls) swimming around and doing their thing (swimming, eating, whatever it is turtles do) in the water. In fact, you're almost guaranteed to see a Honu - The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle here!

Although this beach does have a lifeguard, it's not a great place to play in the water because a lot of the shoreline is very rocky. The sand is better down to the left (southwest) a bit where the lifeguard tower is and there are areas there where you can get in the water a swim a bit but the water doesn't really seem all that clear or inviting overall.

So, if you want to see a Honu - The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle on your Hawaiian vacation then this is probably one of the best places to see them. Park legally across the street in the long pull off area on the side of the road and be very careful crossing the street. Expect this place to be packed on weekends and even more so any day in the winter when the waves are pounding (as almost all north shore beaches will be).

Also, please remember not to mess with the sea turtles (or any wildlife). Give them space and leave them alone. They come here to rest so let them rest.

Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
It's not the best beach around and not really a place I come to swim. But it's still a nice place with nice views and good to splash around when the ocean isn't too insane. But, really, you're probably coming here to see the turtles like everyone else. And why not, this is one of the best places to see the fun honu doing their thing...which is often sleeping and doing nothing at all!
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 146
Likes Received: 2
Like others have said, if you want to see turtles, this is the place to go. But please be respectful and do not touch the turtles. This is their home and we should treat it with respect. Also, traffic can get crazy around here from people stopping to look at the turtles. Please be mindful of other drivers, bikers, etc. Even though this is "Turtle Beach", there are several other places along the North Shore to check out turtles. My recommendation is to drive around and explore. You never know what amazing creatures you'll find.
Carol W
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 8
Likes Received: 0
This place is so amazing. I just love to watch the amazing turtles.
Joined: Jun 2016
Reviews: 7
Likes Received: 3
Love, love, love seeing the turtles in their natural habitat. The rangers are very informative and keep us humans back from invading the turtle's privacy.
Raquel M
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 21
Likes Received: 0
This is my favorite beach on Oahu for seeing honu (sea turtles). The honu are my favorite animals and I always know I won't be disappointed when I go to this beach. I've snorkeled here. Sometimes the snorkeling is rough. You always see the tons of honu. And it's a beautiful beach.
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 13
Likes Received: 0
Perfect is an understatement! This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! We swam and snorkelled amongst the turtles and various gorgeous fish in the shallow reef. The beach was amazing and beautifully kept. Location easy to find. There was even "expert volunteers" seen quite often in the beach area. They were very informative and extremely friendly. I would recommend this area to anyone! We can't wait to go back!
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 67
Likes Received: 2
My fiance and I stopped here numerous times on our trip to Oahu. In fact, we drove all the way to the North Shore on one of our last days just to revisit it! Apparently, this is where the honu (turtles) hang out. When we were there-there were volunteers that had ropes around the turtles to remind people not to touch them (which is kind of sad that people can't be trusted) however, the man we spoke with when we were there had lots of turtle stories! Some were sad and made me want to move to Oahu so I could volunteer watching over the sweet turtles. This is definitely a beach worth stopping at. We actually went snorkeling here as well. Nothing crazy interesting there, but I got to swim with a turtle which was one of my favorite things from that trip!
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 426
Likes Received: 12
Beautiful beach and the day we went we saw a turtle. Just amazing Lots of people were there taking photos and just great photo moments and views were beautiful would be back in a heartbeat!
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
As you'd expect, turtles are plentiful here, which makes it special. It's easily accessible, that's why the tour buses jam up the roads dropping visitors to see these creatures. Sometimes you'll see them on the beach up close. Well, actually not too close since they are endangered.

But as far as a beach goes, this is not that spectacular. I wouldn't camp out here for the day. It's located next to Kamehameha Hwy, with a ton of vehicles a few yards away from you, since this is a narrow beach.

Spend a few minutes here, take a peek at the turtles, then move on. But, I give it a high rating essentially for tourists since it's probably the easiest, and surest place on the Oahu to see turtles.
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