Laniakea Beach – Oahu


When I think of all of the amazing things that we did and saw in Oahu, Laniakea Beach ranks up there in the number one spot.  Laniakea Beach is the home to the sea turtles, or honu, and if you are lucky, you might be able to spot them.

The beach is not difficult to find.  It is on the way to the North Shore and once you get near the spot on the map all you have to do is look for the rows of cars parked along the side of the road.  Pull over, make sure your car is locked and take all your valuables with you.  We stood around for about ten minutes and didn’t see anything.  It wasn’t very crowded when we first got there so we visited with the local volunteer, who was a font of information, and learned more about turtles, their behavior, and history of the area.

The volunteer told us to head down the beach a little bit and we might be able to see the turtles out in the water.  We spent about twenty minutes wandering down the beach and watching one turtle’s little head bob in and out of the waves.  As we were walking back to the main part of “Turtle Beach” to head to the car, our patience was rewarded as one of the turtles decided to come up on the beach and catch a little sun.







The volunteer waited until the turtle chose its spot (this took about 20 minutes) and then she dropped a bright red rope around it so that people would know not to get close to it.  I took most of my pictures with a 75-300 lens, which is why it looks like we were sitting on top of the turtle–I was nowhere near it.  Even though it looks peaceful on the beach for the turtle, this is what it really looks like:


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    Nice shots with that zoom….Canon?

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    These photos are amazing. What a great experience to have had. I remember seeing a turtle on a dive once and it was one of the most graceful creatures imaginable. All the best for 2011. Anna

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    FANTASTIC! I love espying sea turtles when I’m in Hawaii. It’s great that they’re blocked off — even if just by a red rope (what is this, a nightclub?) — so that tourists remember to respect the turtles’ personal space.

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    Ahhh these photos are spectacular! Funny, I’ve seen a lot of turtles underwater diving and I’ve been part of the releasing of two batches of babies (Guatemala, Borneo), but I’ve never really seen any adults just lounging on the beach like this!

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    Kymri – Yes, it is a Canon Rebel xti with the 75-300 lens.
    Anna – I would love to go diving to see them in their natural environment far away from people but I am scared to try diving!
    Jennifer – So strange about the red rope, I know! It is too funny but it keeps the tourists away!
    Camels and Chocolate-We have turtle watches and releases in my city. Now that my kids are a bit older, I would like to volunteer for one of the night shifts this year.

    Thank you all for the compliments on the photos! It means a lot coming from you guys!