Laniakea Beach
Laniakea Beach
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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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  • pama63
    Windham, Maine71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 4, 2023
  • islandlovingtwosome
    Lake Forest, California105 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Sightseer779040
    485 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 27, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,377 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 10, 2024
  • Tofurry
    Renton, Washington1,066 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The beach to see turtles
    We dropped by Laniakea Beach because I read that turtles can be spotted here. We were not disappointed. Although there was only 1 turtle on the beach, it was a big one and we were so glad to even see 1! There were quite a lot of people here for the turtle but no one got close since the turtle was roped off with signs to leave it alone. There was a lifeguard on duty but the waves were pretty strong. I don't know how many people actually go swimming here during this time of year.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 28, 2024
  • Brenda O
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome beach for sea turtle viewing
    5. This beach was amazing for turtle viewing. We made a special trip here from Honolulu because we did not see sea turtles on any of our other excursions during our cruise around the island . it was our last day and we looked up where to find turtles and this beach popped up. It was about a forty dollar Uber drive from airport Honolulu hotel, but it was well worth it, just make sure you stop at the part of the beach where you see all the yellow barrels. That is the part of the beach where you will find the turtles. We were there around noon and saw a large massive turtles taking turns coming up on shore to eat, the moss off of the rocks. You had very close viewing of the turtles both in and out of water the area was not a good area for snorkeling to the slippery rock. However, that was what the turtles were after this made my Hawaiian vacation. I highly recommend it if you want to view sea turtles.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 19, 2024
  • Mel F
    Burnaby, Canada369 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    limited parking but well worth seeing the turtles
    We stopped by here on the way back from the north shore. There are pylons preventing the southbound traffic from turning into the parking areas. We were lucky to find a spot in front of a house. The sand is nice and clean here. There werent any turtles on the beach this time, but lots of turtles swimming in the water. A few of them came up for air and washed up briefly by the waves. It was so fun just watching the turtles. Well worth the drive.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 26, 2024
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Sightseer779040
485 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We found this during my research of beaches to stop at on a drive around the island as we wanted to visit the north shore. We also saw that this is a great place to spot turtles as well. There is a lot of parking on the side of the street leading up to the beach, and there is also a decent size gravel lot across the street. We arrived about 30 minutes before sunset. We found a spot to just sit on the beach and watch the surfers and the sunset. We saw a sign that had an arrow for turtles and we saw a group of people all the way at the end of the beach where the rocks are. There were 3 turtles there! There is an organization there that creates a rope barrier and makes sure people keep their distance while also educating people about the turtles. Turns out they keep records of 35 different turtles that like to come up and nap on this beach, and that there’s usually at least one turtle there every day. We learned a lot about the green turtles and the organization. We had never seen a turtle like that in person before so it was super cool. We sat and watched the sunset with the turtles and it was perfect. There are some rocks over where the turtles are, but if you keep walking down, it turns into soft sand. The organization that keeps an eye on the turtles warned us that right after the sun goes down, cars get broken into so we should all probably head back. Please be sure to take your bags with you on your person, don’t leave anything that looks valuable in plain sight, and lock your doors. So please be alert and aware of your surroundings. Whenever we return, we will definitely be coming back here for a beach day.
Written November 12, 2022
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Lexy P
Vancouver, Canada135 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I cannot tell you how frustrating it is to be staying on the North Shore and having to deal with the oblivious tourists stopping at this beach.

You are dangerous. Crossing the street and pulling out of the parking spots (where it clearly says no parking). You cannot just run out in to traffic and you can’t just pull out in front of traffic. The people that come to this beach cause massive traffic jams in both directions because of their inconsiderate and dangerous behaviour.

There are many other places on the island to see Turtles. Go swimming at any other beach outside of Waikiki and you will probably see turtles.

Just stop the insanity
Written January 11, 2020
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Halina P
Olathe, KS42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I went to this beach with the knowledge that it was the place to go to see sea turtles. If you want to be guaranteed to see a turtle go during the summer!! I went during the winter and it was more like playing “I spy”. The turtles were hidden in the waves but I had so much fun and probably more excitement doing that because it was a hunt and seemed more rare. Finally after waiting a bit a turtle did go onto shore and it was awesome! I do want to give a BIG shout out to the volunteers that work there every day to protect them and they were very informative and fun to talk to
Written January 3, 2020
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Ghbrown5
Eureka, CA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We got to this beach about 10:30 in the morning which was a little early. The turtles are more likely to come out of the water when it warms up a bit. About 11:30 we started seeing them swimming in the surf. We watched them for a couple of hours none came onshore. We were told by the volunteers that 4 came ashore the day before. We really enjoyed watching them and highly recommend it.
Written January 11, 2020
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Brenda O
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
5. This beach was amazing for turtle viewing. We made a special trip here from Honolulu because we did not see sea turtles on any of our other excursions during our cruise around the island . it was our last day and we looked up where to find turtles and this beach popped up. It was about a forty dollar Uber drive from airport Honolulu hotel, but it was well worth it, just make sure you stop at the part of the beach where you see all the yellow barrels. That is the part of the beach where you will find the turtles. We were there around noon and saw a large massive turtles taking turns coming up on shore to eat, the moss off of the rocks. You had very close viewing of the turtles both in and out of water the area was not a good area for snorkeling to the slippery rock. However, that was what the turtles were after this made my Hawaiian vacation. I highly recommend it if you want to view sea turtles.
Written June 19, 2024
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rickh57
Woodburn, OR400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We stopped, hoping to see a sea turtle and weren't disappointed. A large, 40 year old female was on the beach enjoying the sunshine.

A turtle guard told us about her -- the turtles' shells are distinct, like fingerprints, so they can follow their progress over the years.
Written July 7, 2021
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Brittany P
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
A very rocky and over crowded beach. Traffic and parking was so bad it took us 2 hours to move out of a 1 mile area. Very sad to see all the people scaring/disturbing the turtles away. Didn’t see any on the numerous occasions visiting. Would recommend skipping this beach or staying in Waikiki.
Written July 9, 2021
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Bex I
Silverdale, New Zealand204 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 July 19, 2023
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Sightseer779040
485 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 November 27, 2023
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Andy C
Honolulu, HI1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Crazy traffic all the time, when you try to park cars will not stop and let you cross the street so you have to dart through traffic. If there are even turtles at the beach there will be a huge crowd and volunteers rope it off and make you stand pretty far back. Honestly you can see turtles in waikiki no reason to come here.
Written July 12, 2021
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