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Turtle Beach, or Laniakea Beach

Oahu, Hawaii, United States


Laniakea Beach, or Turtle Beach, is a pretty beach popular with surfers and swimmers. The beach is covered in shade- wonderful! It's a great beach for a shallow water swim- kids enjoy playing in the calm, warm water. Driving by the horses across the street just south of here is also fun for kids.
Recently turtles have come to rest and to feed off the seaweed-covered rocks, and hoards of people come to see them, causing massive traffic jams. Be careful crossing the road because a little boy was recently hit crossing the road here.
It used to be sad to watch the turtles being disturbed but now there are wonderful volunteers who stand at the beach, answer questions, and keep the turtles safe. Thank goodness for these great volunteers!
Before you visit Hawaii, get this adorable book for your kids so that turtles are on their minds, and then try to spot them at all the beaches you visit. They are usually swimming close to shore near the rocks.
If you're hungry, head over to the cute surfer-dude town of Haleiwa. For a playground for your kids, check out Sunset Elementary or Haleiwa Beach Park. Don't miss out on a sunset cocktail over the water at beautiful Turtle Bay Hilton. And for a summertime swim in perfect waters, head to Waimea Bay.


Photo Gallery

The seaweed on the rocks that the turtles come to eat.

Early morning at Turtle Beach- the turtles haven't arrived yet.

A turtle lazes in the sand, while girls play by the shore.

There were four turtles on the beach one day I was there! These are the younger two- about thirty years old. Most turtles live to be 70.

Stunning Laniakea Beach- with an abundance of shade, and a row of palms perched on lava rock. This is the stuff of postcards!

A young surfer arrives to check out the waves. Laniakea Beach was just a surfing beach before the turtles made it their home.

Three girls play by the shore at Turtle Beach.

A surfer girl at Laniakea Beach.

The horse paddock just south of Turtle Beach.

A bucolic scene across the street from Turtle Beach.


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Head north of Haleiwa on Kamehameha Hwy. You will pass a field with horses on the right. Then there are many cars pulled over to the side of the road. Laniakea Beach is on Kamehameha Hwy at Pohaku Loa Way.
You can use the address of a nearby house to punch into your GPS: 61-581 Pohaku Loa Way, Haleiwa HI 96712.
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