A visit to Turtle Beach, also known as Laniakea Beach, reveals incredible giant green sea turtles basking under the glorious sun, especially during the summer months when the waves are calmer. This beach close to Honolulu is a prime spot for taking photos of the massive creatures whose official name is the Hawaiian Honu.

When visiting this beach, it’s important to respect the giant green sea turtles as they are protected under the Endangered Species Act and Hawaii state law. It may be tempting to get up close, chase, or touch them, but visitors are encouraged to view the creatures from afar.

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Turtle Beach highlights

Nature lovers are drawn to Turtle Beach because of its striking natural splendour. Apart from the resident sea turtles, the surroundings provide a beautiful backdrop with a wide-open sky, a rocky cove, and native trees. There is a small area for anyone who wants to grab a spot with a towel or lounge chair to enjoy the beach- perhaps you may even get lucky and spot the sea turtles swimming in the ocean.

Surfers are also drawn to this beach on the North Shore, not for the giant green sea turtles, but for the prime surfing waves.

Good to know when visiting Turtle Beach

When you plan a visit to Turtle Beach, arrange to get there early to find parking and beat the crowds. While there is a car park across the street, space is limited, and a spot may not readily be available. Visitors should also be aware that there are no public facilities or lifeguards on duty.

Locating Turtle Beach can be difficult as there are no signs to point you in the right direction. You’ll have to keep an eye out for the small beachside opening along the road. If time permits, explore the art galleries and restaurants in nearby Haleiwa Town.

Turtle Beach