Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Laniakea Beach

Laniakea Beach is also known as Turtle Beach because there are almost always green sea turtles or 'honu' basking in the sun on the shore. This is one of the best places in the world to catch a glimpse of these endangered turtles in their natural habitat.

This is one of the first stops we made when we arrived on Oahu and we were pleasantly surprised with how many turtles there were. Only one was napping on the beach but there were atleast 5 others swimming right along the shore. The kids were able to wade right along side them!




Directions
Laniakea Beach is located on the North Shore just 1.5 miles past the town of Haleiwa on the Kamehameha Hwy. There are no markings for this beach. You will know you are there because you will see a bunch of cars parked in the gravel on the right side of the road, just pull on in and walk across the 2 lane hwy to the beach! The turtles hang out in the little cove on the right side of the beach.

Tips
There is no lifegaurd on duty or facilities. This beach is great for snorkeling and surfing but I wouldn't let the kids do more than just wade.
If you get too close to the turtles they have been known to nip, but only if they feel in danger. They really are a friendly bunch.
Usually there is a volunteer group on site to keep the turtles safe since they are endangered. If there is a turtle on the beach they will mark him off with a red rope. Don't cross this rope and be respectful of the turtles.

Have fun visiting the turtles on Laniakea Beach and making lifelong memories in Oahu!

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