Can I touch the turtles?


My daughter wants to play with and feed turtles, where can we do that? We'll be on Oahu in January.

Answer

Hawaii's Green Sea Turtles are an endangered species, and it is the largest hard-shelled sea turtle. Sea Turtles in the wild may actually approach YOU if you're in the ocean swimming or snorkeling. If they get close to you, just keep your hands still and move slowly. Do not reach out to touch them. Only observe and enjoy them in their natural habitat.

If you are driving and up near the northshore, visit Turtle Bay, one of the last undeveloped areas on Oahu, recognized for its rock formations, wild coastal beaches, threatened green sea turtles and endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal habitats, whale spottings in season, traditional fishing areas, small local agricultural lots, and Hawaiian ancestral burial grounds. About 5 miles of beaches and 12 miles of trails surround the bay.

There are a couple of different guided tour companies I can send you information for that will pick you up at your Waikiki Beach hotel and take you to observe them resting in the golden sand, along with other excellent photographic opportunities, spectacular views, and information about Oahu's geology, archaeology, mythology and history. The value of a knowledgeable guide is priceless!

Then there are the turtles in a touch pool at Sea Life Park, located just 15 miles from Waikiki on Oahu's beautiful and scenic Makapuu Point, Sea Life Park is a world-class marine attraction perched between the majestic Koolau Mountain Range and breathtaking Makapuu Beach. See dolphins dance, sea lions sing and penguins perform in this magical place by the sea.

If you're curious about sea turtles in more of a controlled environment and their care, there is an ongoing program at Sea Life Park that fosters understanding and appreciation of these ionic shelled creatures. Learn about these amazing animals as their trainers feed them during regularly scheduled turtle feedings at 11:00 am, 11:35 am & 2:10 pm. Let me know if you're interested in hearing more about Sea Life Parks' exciting interactive adventures!




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