Laniakea means "wide sky" in the Hawaiian language, fitting for this stretch of ocean. This beach on Oahu's north shore is also nicknamed Turtle Beach, because you're almost guaranteed to spot green sea turtles, or Hawaiian Honu, on the beach basking in the sun. In recent years, it has become a tourist attraction, but these gentle creatures don't seem to mind people snapping pictures of them.
Parking in this area can be tricky, and there is often traffic. There is limited parking in a gravel lot opposite the beach. With no traffic light, there is often a traffic jam because of the many people crossing the highway here. Tour buses and rental cars make stops here as well, so this is not the place to get away from the crowds. If possible, you may be better off walking to the beach.
Take note that there are no amenities here, so be sure to bring all your beach essentials, including water to share, and clean up bags. Also, doggos are only allowed in areas on the beach below the high tide line, meaning the oceanside of a line marked by ocean debris and seaweed. And of course, they can romp in the ocean itself!
Even when the turtles aren't around, there is plenty of wildlife that make their home in the tide pools, and crawl around the variety of volcanic rock and boulders. Your curious canine will have a blast sniffing and exploring, just be sure they don't get their nose pinched! The beach itself is rather small and has a rocky shelf, and is surrounded by gorgeous tropical vistas. When the surf is up, there are strong rip currents. Surfers use this beach to get to surf spots named Laniakea, Himalayas and Hultin's.
Dogs are welcome here as long as they stay leashed and picked up after. Keep in mind that it is illegal to chase, hunt, handle, injure or harass the turtles in any way. There are volunteers on the beach who inform visitors about the turtles and use a red rope to mark the “no-go” zones.
Laniakea Beach is a must-see place in Hawaii to check out with your furry adventure pal.