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Laniakea Beach, Haleiwa

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Laniakea Beach may be one of Oahu's top surfing spots, but its star attraction remains the native "honu," the green sea turtles. The seaweed growing on the rocks scattered around this small beach is a source of turtle food, and you can often spot these creatures just basking in the sun or sticking their heads out of the waves. Although they don't seem to mind the incessant throngs of camera-toting tourists, state and federal laws protect these turtles, so remember that you cannot handle them. To learn more about their habits and peculiarities, approach one of the volunteers providing information and patrolling the beach. To visit Laniakea Beach and get the most from your holiday in Haleiwa, create itinerary details personal to you using our Haleiwa vacation app.
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  • When we arrived there was a turtle on the beach. It was fun to watch it. They have people there that rope off the area around the turtles and make sure people stay far enough away. Also saw some in... 
    When we arrived there was a turtle on the beach. It was fun to watch it. They have people there that rope off the area around the turtles and make sure people stay far enough away. Also saw some in...  more »
  • We did not see lots of sunning turtles on the beach, but we did see some in the water near to shore. This is a very nice family-friendly beach along the North Shore. It was down a bit from the... 
    We did not see lots of sunning turtles on the beach, but we did see some in the water near to shore. This is a very nice family-friendly beach along the North Shore. It was down a bit from the...  more »
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  • It's a very pretty but rocky beach. Limited parking and space to sit but if you can get a spot it's a great way to spend a day and also to watch surfers. Occasional turtles come up on the beach but it's rare and please don't bother them. Can snorkel a little but it's rough and not ideal. More of a sit on the beach and relax spot vs going in the water.
  • Beautiful beach, came to just witness one of those giant turtles but ended up swimming with them in the open water....Amazing experience BUT noticed quite a few people taking their snorkeling around the turtles WAY TOO FAR :(((( One lady was trying to get on top of the turtle over and over again....Instead of asking the public to sponsor a turtle, the beach should ask for donations to hire more rangers, we saw only two and they were too busy to watch over the main spot. Just to the left of it there is an empty, unsupervised beach where people do whatever they want around those turtles in the water. Also trash...Sad reality:(

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