Laniakea Beach, or Turtle Beach, is located on Oahu’s North Shore and is well known for being a popular feeding and sun bathing area for Hawaiian Sea Turtles (honu). Many circle island tours make a stop here for photo opportunities, but the beach is also a favorite surfing and recreational swimming spot for locals.

Highlights

  • Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, or honu as they are known in Hawaiian, call Laniakea Beach their home. You will often find them resting on the sand and exposed rocks.
  • If you plan on swimming during the summer, head towards the left side of the beach where there is a large stretch of sand by Chun’s Reef.
  • There are plenty of photo opportunities at Laniakea, with its beautiful beaches, sea turtles, a rocky cove, and more.

History

Petroglyphs created by early Hawaiian settlers include the symbol of the honu, or Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. Regarded as an important symbol of navigation, Hawaiians praise the honu’s ability to navigate the ocean, and even find their place of birth to lay their eggs.

Tips when Visiting Laniakea Beach

  • Arrive early to secure a parking spot as parking is extremely limited, especially on weekends and school holidays. The parking lot is located across the street from the beach.
  • Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles are a federally protected species. Stay at least 10 feet (3 meters) from all sea turtles. Do not touch or disturb the turtles for any reason.
  • There are no public restrooms or showers available.
  • Always observe all warnings and signs, and speak with a lifeguard before entering the ocean.

Frequently Asked Questions

Swimming at Laniakea is dependent on the weather and ocean conditions. It is much calmer during the summer, and only experienced surfers should enter the water during the winter.

Chun’s Reef, located a few yards away from Laniakea offers a much easier entry into the water for anyone wanting to swim.

No, there are no vendors located at Laniakea Beach, and you will need to bring your own umbrellas and chairs.

No. there are no restaurants or food vendors at Laniakea Beach. There are many small local restaurants and food trucks around the North Shore for you to enjoy. Be sure to bring some food, snacks, and drinks with you!

No, you cannot drink alcohol at any beach on Oahu.

How to Get to Laniakea Beach

Although parking is very limited, the easiest way to get to Waimea Bay is by car. Located on Kamehameha Highway, Waimea Bay is approximately an hour away from Waikiki and Ko Olina.

While you can also go to Laniakea Beach on the Honolulu City Bus from Waikiki by taking the #60 Kaneohe – Haleiwa route to Kamehameha Hwy + 61-671. It will take approximately 3 hours by bus.