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Secrets of Hawaii : Laniakea Beach
A.K.A Lani's Beach or  “Turtle Beach”

     Laniakea Beach is a well known surfing spot on Oahu's North Shore. The beach offers great sand and an opportunity to relax. So, bring our swim wear and snorkel gear to enjoy a t day at the beach. But the best thing about Laniakea Beach is the green sea turtles.
     These green sea turtles (honu) at Laniakea come close into to shore to feed on the seaweed growing on the rocks. The green sea turtle is a reptile that can live up to 80 years of age. Like other reptiles, the green sea turtle is cold-blooded. So they will sometimes haul themselves up on the beach to bask in the warm Hawaiian sun. They will allow people to swim and snorkel in the water with them. Mostly a friendly lot, they have been know to snap or nip people who have gotten to close. So keep these four simple rules in mind when interacting with the sea turtles.

  • While snorkeling or swimming, try to give the green sea turtles 10 feet of space, and do not block the path of a surfacing sea turtle.
  • Please to not block their way as they make their way on to the beach.
  • Do not handle or touch the sea turtles.
  • Never ever ride on or sit on a green sea turtle!


Did you know? The green sea turtle can also be found in Florida and and the costal areas of the Gulf of Mexico. In Hawaii the green sea turtle uses the main islands for thier feeding grounds but their main nesting grounds are mostly at French Frigate Shoral almost 800 miles away. Talk about taking a long swim.
Green Sea Turtle @ Laniakea Beach, Hawaii
The green sea turtle can weight in at more than 300lbs and live to be 80 years or older.
Green Sea Turtle @ Laniakea Beach, Hawaii

     Laniakea Beach a.k.a. Lani's Beach or “Turtle Beach” is not hard to find. From the historic town of Haleiwa travel about 1.5 miles just before Pohaku Loa Way on Kam Highway. When you see lots of cars parked in the dirt on the right-hand side 'pull in !!!'. Across the street is Laniakea Beach. The traffic is very heavy in this area. Please take care when crossing the 2-lane highway.

Sunset at Laniakea Beach, North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii


Did you know? Green Sea Turtles will bask in the sun to help regulate their body temperature just like other reptiles.
Basking green sea turtle at Laniakea, North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii
Need to Know:

       The green sea turtle was listed as endangered/threatened species on July 28, 1978 under the federal Endangered Species Act. It is also protected under Hawaii state law.

      The green sea turtle is a wild animal. Extra care should be taken when interacting with any wild animal. Please be tourist smart - do not leave valuables in your car.
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