HONOLULU (KHON2) — When traveling to Hawaii, some must-do activities are swimming in the ocean, shaving the ice, trying out a moco loco and seeing a sea turtle sleeping on the beach.

Hawaiian sea turtles are protected by federal and state laws. These sea turtles are most commonly seen during the summer months (May-October), but they can be spotted all year round.

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Seeing a sea turtle in its natural habitat is a sight to behold. Each island has special beaches frequented by sea turtles.

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has compiled a list of beaches where you can see a Hawaiian sea turtle swimming or sunbathing.

Beaches known for watching sea turtles

  • Laniakea Beach (Turtle Beach) – Oahu
  • Waikiki Beach – Oahu
  • Keawakapu Beach – Maui
  • Maluaka Beach – Maui
  • Brennecke Beach – Kauai
  • A-Bay – Big Island
  • Kīholo Bay – Big Island

It is illegal to touch Hawaiian sea turtles and you are advised to be at least 10 feet away from them. This means that if you are swimming in the ocean and encounter a sea turtle, you are asked to move out of its way.

If a sea turtle comes out of the ocean to sunbathe in the sand, you need to move around and make sure you’re within 10 feet.

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To read the full list and read more information about these beaches by Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, go to their website.