One of the coolest experiences this year is being able to swim and snorkel with sea turtles during our Hawaii trip. Here is a list of top places to see sea turtles in Oahu during your next vacation!
Are There Sea Turtles in Hawaii?
The answer is a resounding yes! I’ve heard people say that sea turtles usually don’t visit the island of Oahu, but that is extremely incorrect. The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle is a frequent visitor of the Hawaiian Islands (Oahu included). Read on to find out the top places to spot turtles!
List of the Best Places to See Sea Turtles in Oahu
After personally being in Oahu and chatting with every local that gave us a moment of their time, we curated this list of the top beaches to find sea turtles in Oahu.
- Electric Beach
- Waikiki Beach
- Laniakea Beach (aka Turtle Beach)
- Haleiwa Beach
- Aki’s Beach
- Ko Olina Lagoon
- Makua Beach
- Halona Beach Cove
- Kuilima Cove
- Kawela Bay Beach Park
Map of Sea Turtle Spots in Oahu
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- Turtle Bay and Turtle Beach are not the same thing. Turtle beach refers to Laniakea Beach while Turtle Bay is a referring to Turtle Bay Resort located on North Shore.
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Best Time of Year To See Sea Turtles in Oahu
The best time to see Hawaiian green turtles in Hawaii is hands down summer! Summer is the best time of year to go turtle watching in Oahu. Why? Summer time brings calmer waters, which sea turtles love.
They especially love coming up to the beach to take in the sun. During the winter month, the colder weather usually brings larger waves which in general, marine life does not like.
Swimming With Sea Turtles in Oahu
A few tips of swimming with sea turtles include always staying several feet away from them while in the ocean. Do not attempt to touch them or feed them. Swim slowly, quick movements and large splashes won’t encourage them to stick around.
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Snorkeling With Sea Turtles in Oahu
The Department of Land and Natural Resources recommends keeping a 6 to 10 foot distance between you and the sea turtles while snorkeling. Give them space and you’ll have a better chance of having a longer snorkeling session with them.
Is it Illegal to Touch a Sea Turtle in Hawaii?
Yes. These sea turtles are federally protected and it’s illegal and harmful to touch, harass, or feed them.
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Snorkeling Gear Needed To Swim With Sea Turtles
- Snorkeling gear
- Waterproof camera/go pro/ waterproof camera case
What Time of the Year Do Sea Turtles Hatch in Hawaii?
Sea turtle nesting happens from June until October. Once that happens, they will hatch anywhere between 50-70 days after they are laid.
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