Laniakea Beach (Turtle Beach)

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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

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.