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Turtle Beach

Haleiwa, Hawaii

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You're almost guaranteed to see turtles with easy access to the beach and plenty of parking. It's also a really amazing wave during the winter season.

Laniakea beach or Lani’s, is a world-class surf break located on the North Shore. It is also referred to as “Turtle beach”, because this natural sanctuary attracts so many of the endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle or “Honu”...making this the perfect place to see a few up close.

If you're driving toward Waimea Bay, Laniakea is the first beach you'll see on your left. You can't miss it - there are always a bunch of cars parked along the road. Find a spot, cruise down the long beach for a bit, and post up for the day. During a winter north swell, the waves can get pretty amazing. If you're interested in checking out the turtles, head to the north end of the beach where there is a protected cove.

Please be sure to respect the turtles, and give them their space. Please don't touch, feed or alter the turtles natural behavior in any way. To learn more, click here and here

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Turtle Beach Reviews

The turtles are really fun to watch swim around, but you cant get too close to them

I didn't get my hopes up for seeing sea turtles, since I know nature and animals can't ever be guaranteed. But I shouldn't have doubted anything, there were so many sea turtles here. Do not get too close to them, there's a 10ft or so limit on how close you can get, but it really should be farther. The turtles get stressed out when people get too near. I saw a father going right up to a turtle multiple times in the water to take pics, and the guide lady told him to back away, but he never learned. Even his kid had the decency to give the turtles space.

If it's a nice day, be prepared for the crowds, but you'll definitely see the most peaceful and amazing turtles!!! Bring a camera and some snacks.

Leave No Trace

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