Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Oahu, Hawaii - Day 5

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Laniakea or Turtle Beach

What: Green sea turtles, Water sports
More Info: There is parking space opposite to the beach

Laniakea or Turtle Beach

Although the Turtle beach is popular for water sports, it is probably more popular for honu. “Honu” means turtle in Hawaiian.

Green sea turtles come ashore to this beach to bask in the sun and to feed on the seaweed growing on the rocks, hence the name. It is said that normally, turtles come to the shore at 2ish in the afternoon and in the evenings.

Hawaiian Sea Turtles

We went to the Turtle beach at 2.30pm and saw 2 turtles basking in the shore; one was 35 year old male and the other was a 25 year old unknown gender. The gender of a turtle can be determined from the length of its tail; males have longer and thicker tails than the females.

There were a couple of volunteers in the beach who used a red rope to mark off a “no-go” zone around the turtles and placed signs to keep visitors informed.

We spent an hour and a half in the beach, relaxing, taking pictures and watching the sea turtles.

Shark’s Cove

What: Snorkeling
More Info: There is parking space and follow the small path near the parking lot to take you to the beach

Shark's Cove

Shark’s Cove is a beautiful reef where a variety of marine life can be seen, including sea turtles and white tipped sharks that are not aggressive.

We did not go snorkeling, so spent a few minutes taking pictures and left to the Sunset Beach.

Sunset Beach

What: Water activities
More Info: There is parking space near the beach.

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach is one of the longest sand beaches in Oahu, stretching to about two miles. Like several beaches in Oahu, this beach is not safe for novice swimmers, specifically due to extensive coral formations.

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