The Hottest Spots To See Sea Turtles in Hawaii

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle

Sea turtles, also known as “honu”, are some of the most beautiful and fun marine life creatures around, and if you want to see sea turtles in Hawaii, then you’ve come to the right place!

When visiting the islands during your Hawaiian vacation use this quick guide to find the best spots to see sea turtles.  As you pack your snorkel, waterproof camera, and head to the beach, you can rest assured that you’ll be able to see these friendly denizens of the deep.

Without further delay, here is the best spots to see sea turtles in Hawaii.

1. Laniakea Beach, Oahu

a.k.a. “Turtle Beach”

Laniakea Beach on the North Shore of Oahu
Laniakea Beach on the North Shore of Oahu

 

Located on the north shore, Laniakea Beach is known as Turtle Beach. You’ll get to see these fun creatures while snorkeling in the water and on the beach. Look for volunteers from the non-profit organization “Malama na Honu” who are there to answer questions and share all kinds of cool information about the sea turtles.

We do recommend getting there early as there is limited parking and the road there can get quite impacted with traffic.

2. Maluaka Beach, Maui

Maluaka Beach, Maui
Maluaka Beach on the island of Maui

 

Locals who say ‘Turtle Town’ are specifically referring to Maluaka Beach which is known as the best snorkeling beach in the area. Just south of Wailea at the end of Makena Road, you’ll find tranquil blue water filled with colorful marine life and of course, lots of green sea turtles!

If you’ve got kids in tow, this beach is pretty kid-friendly. Just go to the far south end and head to the little cove that’s a bit further south. Make sure everyone has swim shoes to brave the lava outcropping as there isn’t much sandy shoreline. But once you’re there, wait for your marine friends to pop their heads up and say hello!

3. Kiholo Bay, Hawaii

Kiholo Bay, Hawaii
Kiholo Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii

 

Kiholo Bay is a little off the beaten path, but if you’re up for the adventure then you’ll get to see tons of sea turtles at one of the best places on the Big Island. Located in Kohala to the north of the Waikoloa Resort, this bay hosts these beauties next to a pond where there is a rocky beach for snorkeling when the surf is calm. Make sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen since you’ll be making a long trek from the highway down a long, hot trail.

4. Punalu’u Beach, Hawaii

Punalu’u Beach, Hawaii
Punalu’u Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii

 

Finally, if you’re hoping to see turtles on land instead of in the water, the black sands of Punalu’u Beach Park on the Big Island are a great place to find turtles catching some sun rays on the sand. Don’t try and snorkel here as the ocean here is too rough, but stay on shore and sunbathe alongside some Hawaiian green sea turtles coming out from the sea.

There are a lot of great places to see Sea Turtles in Hawaii
There are a lot of great places to see Sea Turtles in Hawaii

 

A few notes if you’re heading out to see these beautiful creatures:

  • Be careful of urchins, and other things that might be lurking near the turtles.
  • The law prohibits touching, chasing or riding these endangered turtles, so be careful. They are quite easy-going but you do not want to interfere with them and their habitat.
  • Wear the right gear. Turtles are often found on rocky beaches, so have some swimming shoes to protect your feet.

For the chance to snorkel with sea turtles, join our Dolphins and You tour! Our photographers will be sure to capture the moment and you will also have the opportunity to swim with wild spinner dolphins, book now!

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Great information thank you! I’m coming from Australia in November and hiring a car and this was really useful information

    Any further suggestions regarding snorkelling and things to do, email me – it would be greatly appreciated: madison.cunliffe@hotmail.com

    Thank you

  2. Great information, i definitely saw plenty of turtles thanks to this info. #1 spot to see turtles is Laniakea Beach, it’s a tiny beach , tiny parking, lots ot people and turtles.
    Kaiona beach park also a good place to see turtles and snorkel with a lot less touristy crowds, and of course Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ($7.50for non residents) has tons of fish and a few turtles.

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