Turtle Beach, also know as Laniakea Beach, is a well-known surfing spot on Oahu’s North Shore. The beach offers great sand and an opportunity to relax. The best thing about the beach is the green sea turtles.Â Also known as Honu, the turtles are protected by The Endangered Species Act and have experienced a significant increase in their numbers since being protected.
Honu Guardian volunteers are on the beach every day to offer educational outreach about the protected species. This helps avoid inadvertent harassment and assures the honuâ€™s peaceful coexistence on the beaches.
The green sea turtles 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, they are cold-blooded. So they will sometimes haul themselves up on the beach to bask in the warm Hawaiian sun. Each day the Honu Guardian volunteers each day put out a sign with the data of the turtle on the beach.
Â Laniakea 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 so care should be taken when crossing the 2-lane highway.