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Posts Tagged ‘green sea turtles Oahu’

Beachcombing & Sea Turtles at Hale’iwa Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii

Posted by Jody on October 20, 2011

Hale’iwa Beachcombing, Oahu, Hawaii (©Jody Diehl)

Hale’iwa, about a one hour drive from Honolulu, is the biggest little town on the North Shore of Oahu.  The minute you drive into Hale’iwa, you know you’ve entered serious surfing territory.  Everything, from mail boxes to address signs, is themed with brightly colored surf boards.

The community of Hale’iwa is known as the “Gateway to the North Shore.” After traveling through this artsy, laid-back surf town you’ll cross over the Rainbow Bridge, which spans the Anahulu River.  The Anahulu River has beach parks on both sides of its banks. Hale’iwa Beach Park, located just over the bridge, has a very large grassy area on the shore side of Kamehameha Highway.  The North Shore views from this beach are picture perfect.

Hale’iwa Beach Treasures (©Jody Diehl)

We’ve never seen anyone swimming here, though it isn’t against the rules. The water can be a bit cloudy, and the ocean bottom is quite rocky, and (especially in winter) the surf can be treacherous.  Hale’iwa Beach Park does have a narrow strip of golden sand, and with shore shoes on, it’s an excellent beach for beachcombing.  Here you might find snakehead cowry snail seashells (the most common cowry snail of the Hawaiian Islands), cone snail seashells, pieces of coral, assorted surf-tumbled shell bits and multicolored sea glass jewels. Beachcombing at Hale’iwa Beach Parkwill reward you with a striking combination of colorful beach treasures!

View from Hale’iwa Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii (©Jody Diehl)

Hale’iwa Beach Park is also a very good place for green sea turtle spotting. You may want to bring along your binoculars to get a better view of the honu, as they are known in Hawaii. We’ve sighted sea turtles swimming near the shore every time we’ve visited this area of Oahu’s North Shore. It’s been quite exciting each time!

Sea Turtle, Hale’iwa, Oahu, Hawaii (©Jody Diehl)

Please keep in mind that, in Hawaii, the green sea turtle is listed as a threatened species under federal and Hawaii state law. Remember to always observe sea turtles from a distance and never attempt to touch, ride, or feed sea turtles.

Just a note:  You will definitely want to treat yourself  to a world-famous Hawaiian Shave Ice while you’re in Hale’iwa!

EGD’s Hawaiian Shave Ice (©Jody Diehl)

Have a great day at the beach! Aloha!


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Green Sea Turtles: North Shore of Oahu & Hatchlings Head to Sea, Bahamas

Posted by Jody on August 16, 2011

Three Places to Spot Green Sea Turtles on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

It’s really exciting to spot a green sea turtle!  I’ve been to Hawaii many times and each time it’s been an absolute pleasure to see these  beautiful, playful creatures.  It’s not always easy to get a good photo of a swimming “honu” but the memories will remain forever!

Green Sea Turtles, The Big Island, Hawaii (Photo by Jody Diehl)

Green Sea Turtles, The Big Island, Hawaii (Photo by Jody Diehl)

We’ve never set out to find green sea turtles.  If you’re lucky, it just happens.   So, if you are out on the beach and people are gathered around, looking out to sea and pointing, just join in and ask! It’s a rather good bet that someone caught sight of a green sea turtle or other marine critter! The folks at have given us three good, rather easy-to-find places for spotting  honu on the North Shore of Oahu.

The green sea turtle is a federally protected threatened species.  Remember to always keep your distance and never try to feed them or touch them.

Green Sea Turtles Hatch on Paradise Island, Bahamas

They had a little help from Atlantis’ Marine Aquarium Operations. Here’s the story of green sea turtle hatchlings on Paradise Beach, Paradise Island, Bahamas from  You’ll see some wonderful photos of the little ones heading for the sea, too!

Enjoy! -J-

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