What’s not to love about these giant, historic creatures? Turtles are magnificent creatures living life one seaweed strip at a time. These land and sea creatures do spend plenty of hours on shore sunbathing, hatching, or chewing on the sea’s leafy greens. No matter what the reason, these are the top US beaches to spot the giant sea turtle.
Laniakea Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
Laniakea is a popular surfing beach on Oahu’s North Shore. But turtle-lovers have the opportunity to spot green sea turtles feast on the seaweed growing on the rocks. The green sea turtles live up to 80 years in age and since they are cold-blooded, they are often seen sun worshipping on Laniakea’s shoreline.
Canaveral National Seashore, Florida
This Barrier Island has provided wildlife and people home since ancient times. This shoreline is home to sea turtles that nest in the sand. Nesting is best viewed between May and August. Three species, the green sea turtle, loggerhead and leatherback nest in the warm summer sand.
Kahalu’u Beach, Big Island, Hawaii
Located in Kona, Kahalu’u beach is popular for snorkelers and beachcombers who enjoy black sand. It is common for the green sea turtle to catch a sun break in the afternoon and tap a nap on the sand.
Turtle Town, Maui, Hawaii
This long coastline is located on Maui’s southern shores and Maluaka Beach. The crystal clear Hawaiian waters wash up on the white sandy shore. Visitors can expect to spot the large population of green sea turtles, which make way to rest, relax and dine on seaweed. Turtle Town has its name for a reason, due to the brown-shelled elders making a daily appearance.
Fort Morcan Beach, Alabama
Located on the Gulf Coast, tour operators conduct boat tours to view sea turtles in their natural habitat. Locals and visitors can volunteer to help the sea turtles and release the young back into the wild.
Kahuwai Bay, Big Island, Hawaii
Located in Kona, this lava rock beach is a popular turtle sighting location. Travelers are also common, as they know this is a “must-visit” beach to see turtles bask in the sun. Kahuwai is a resort beach featuring shallow waters and a cove, which is the ideal atmosphere for the green sea turtle. It’s a primitive experience as beach goers’ view these prehistoric reptiles crawl amidst the lava remnants.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.