We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

one more day left...need to see turtles

Chicago
Level Contributor
204 posts
21 reviews
Save Topic
one more day left...need to see turtles

Experienced snorkeling family w/ respect for turtles and aware of laws not to harrass them is desperately seeking a snorkeling beach with lots of turtles. We've been staying at Mauna Lani Point and snorkeled at its beach and Honokaope Bay. We got one more day. We saw one small turtle so far and it was out of the water. We want to see them in water. Any suggestion in the area? We're willing to drive a bit also.

Napa, California
Level Contributor
500 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: one more day left...need to see turtles

Kukio beach- at the Four Seasons. They will be everywhere! If you want wanting to see them while snorkeling, that beach can be a bit rough. Every time I have snorkeled at various Kohala Coast beaches, I have seen a turtle in the water. Anaeho'omalu Bay can be murky, but I always see them there in the water and out of the water, and was easier to snorkel than at Kukio. I have also swam with them at Hapuna and the beach at Mauna Kea (the name of the beach has escaped me right now).

Edited: 19 June 2014, 15:01
San Carlos...
Level Contributor
1,530 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: one more day left...need to see turtles

Every stay we have had at the Fairmont Orchid the turtles beach themselves every afternoon. Sometimes as many as 15-20.

Lake Villa, Illinois
Level Contributor
73 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: one more day left...need to see turtles

Anaeho'omalu Bay is where we almost always see sea turtles in and out of the water. The water is very murky when you start off snorkeling and clears the farther out you go. We usually swim out to the area around the buoy in front of the Marriott which is a bit of a distance to swim……huge coral heads, sand chutes. We have even, on occasion, seen eagle rays out there.

The trick to seeing turtles in the water is to not think about it so much - enjoy the snorkeling and all that you are experiencing - they just seem to be around the moment you stop thinking about them:) We are also very respectful, as you are, and give them their space.

East Coast
Level Contributor
1,088 posts
35 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: one more day left...need to see turtles

Anaeho'omalu Bay and the south rocks at Hapuna have them.

Surprised you haven't seen more.

California
Level Contributor
6,019 posts
47 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: one more day left...need to see turtles

In the morning we've always seen turtles on the beach fronting the Fairmont and Mauna Lani Bay hotels, and also in the lagoon at the Hilton. In the afternoon there are always 3 or 4 turtles sleeping on the rocks just outside the lagoon at the Hilton. Not a place to swim or harass them but a great spot for taking pictures.

Big Island, Hawaii
Destination Expert
for Island of Hawaii
Level Contributor
25,788 posts
76 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: one more day left...need to see turtles

Yes you will be guaranteed turtles at Kukio Bay. It's also a very beautiful and quiet beach. It's not rough today. The easiest entry is at the south end in front of the large Kukio clubhouse. There are also beautiful fishponds behind it you can walk along, and the occasional monk seal. Kikaua Point walking distance "next door" is also quite lovely and has good snorkeling for experienced snorkelers (very shallow with delicate coral so no fins and good buoyancy control required).

Please do not try to approach or "swim with" turtles in the water though. It's best to photograph them from a distance on shore and move away should you encounter one in the water.

Los Angeles
Level Contributor
4,549 posts
50 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: one more day left...need to see turtles

We saw a turtle cleaning station off of Puako Bay on the Winona snorkel tour out of the Mauna Lani Resort. Only about 100 feet from the boat, the turtles would swim in and the smaller surgeon fish and a few tangs would come out to start cleaning off the turtles.

At the hotel's beach (Makaiwa), off to the left, as soon as you get to the point, there is a giant rock that is almost completely submerged. I saw the same medium-sized turtle hanging out there 3 out of 4 days. One day he swam down around a bigger turtle that was down on the bottom of the reef and, as we watched, seem to pat the other turtle on the shell as he passed by him!

As with almost all the marine life out there, they seem to do well as long as you don't dive down to get closer. Just staying at the surface gives you the best chance of seeing them "act naturally"".

Chicago
Level Contributor
204 posts
21 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: one more day left...need to see turtles

Thank you all. We ended up going to Kahalu'u beach and saw lots of sea turtles. In fact, there are volunteers there who'll tell you where the turtles are and scold you if you get too close. Only negative was that the beach isn't very pretty and very small and very crowded. Very rocky entrance.

9. Re: one more day left...need to see turtles

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 02 July 2015, 05:16