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Where to find sea turtles on the Big Island
If you’re looking for the best place to see sea turtles on the Big Island, you’re in the right place. Here are 6 locations to find sea turtles when visiting the Big Island. If you want more Big Island travel tips, be sure to read to the bottom of the post, where I’ll link more Hawaii Island blog posts.
Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles
Hawaii has many fantastic marine species, including the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle or Honu. Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles are listed as both a threatened and endangered species.
It’s illegal to be closer than 10 feet from a sea turtle, so keep your distance. Not only is it illegal, but it’s just wrong to bother or harass these beautiful creatures.
It’s their home, and you are a guest, so keep that in mind. As long as you know the rules and respect the wildlife, you’ll have a great time viewing sea turtles on the Big Island!
Where to find sea turtles in Hawaii
Most of these locations are within easy access to the Kona and Kohala areas, where most guests of the Big Island stay. You’ll need a rental car to visit most of the locations, depending on where you’re staying. As a Hawaii Travel Agent, I always recommend a rental car on the Big Island.
In fact, you need a rental car on the Big Island! You can read why I recommend a rental car here, or check out my favorite Big Island Resorts. If you don’t want to read all of that, you’ll find the best pricing at Discount Hawaii Car Rentals.
Now, let’s get to it. Here’s where to find sea turtles on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Kiholo Bay is one of the best places to see sea turtles on the Big Island. Located about 30 minutes north of Kona, it’s not as easy to access as some other locations, but it is worth it.
Kahalu’u Beach Park
Located just south of Kona, Kahalu’u is a great place to spot sea turtles. It’s also an excellent spot for beginner snorkelers. Just remember to keep your distance from the wildlife.
Punalu’u Black Sand Beach
Punalu’u is the most popular black sand beach on the island, and arguably the most beautiful. Its easy access makes this beach very popular, and it’s also very popular for turtles! You will almost always see sea turtles sunning on the warm sand or swimming in the shallow water.
Kekaha Kai Beach Park
Kekaha Kai Beach Park is my favorite beach on the Big Island. Although it’s just north of the airport, it’s not as busy as some other beaches due to the drive to the beach. The road is rough, but you can make it in a car if you drive slowly.
I’ve spotted sea turtles many times at Kekaha Kai, making it one of my top recommendations for where to find sea turtles on the Big Island.
Anaeho’omalu Bay is located about 30 minutes north of Kona. Check out Lava Lava Beach Club, especially if you’re visiting during Happy Hour! You can also check out more of the best happy hours in Kona here.
Honaunau Bay, also known as Two-Step, is one of the best places to snorkel on the Big Island. It’s also an excellent place for spotting sea turtles! Honaunau Bay is about 20 minutes south of Kona. Make sure to bring your snorkel gear if you love to snorkel. While in the area, check out the ancient City of Refuge right next to Two-Step.
Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park, aka the City of Refuge.
The best place to see sea turtles on the Big Island
I hope this list of where to find sea turtles on the Big Island helps you spot some turtles on your next Hawaii island vacation. If you want more Big Island travel tips, check out my Big Island posts below.
- 7-day Big Island Itinerary
- The best restaurants on the Big Island
- 7 Best Big Island Resorts
- The 7 Best Things to do on the Big Island
- 25 best things to do in Kona
- 100 things to do in Hawaii
- Best Happy Hours in Kona
- 20 things you should never do in Hawaii
- The questions you’re afraid to ask about Hawaii
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