We just came back from a long beautiful trip to Hawaii and San Francisco. It was an unforgettable time and we would like to share with you many tips to enjoy this paradise. Today we would like to share one of the many tips: Which beach to see wild Hawaiian Monk Seals in Hawaii. This is one of the popular things to do in Hawaii: encountering wild protected animals. We saw many wild monk seals during our stay in Hawaii and if you are in the right spot at the right moment, you can see them pretty often. So here is my ranking of the best beaches where you can see them with a very high possibilities.
1. Poipu Beach Park (Kauai)
It is one of the most popular beaches for young children and Hawaiian Monk Seals are often seen on the beaches of Kauai. We also met a few of them each time we visited this beach (there are also many tourists snorkelling at Poipu beach).
2. Salt Pond Beach Park (Kauai)
It’s about 20 min from Poipu in Kauai and it is our favourite beach since there are less people in this beach. You will bump into a monk seal once every 3-4 times at least if you are lucky.
3. Na Pali Coast (Kauai)
Monk Seals can been seen on the small beaches along the Na Pali Coast. I heard some people also have seen monk seals in Glass Beach.
4. Kayaking (Maui)
You will have the possibility to meet almost every day Hawaiian Monk Seals as well at Kaena Point.
5. Some beaches (Oahu)
In Oahu, Hawaiian Monk Seals have been seen at Ewa Beach, Ala Moana Beach Park and Kaimana beach. Endangered seals have gave birth at a Waikiki beach in Honolulu, Hawaii in the past. Waikiki beach is a tourist beach so it happens once a year.
About Hawaiian Monk Seals
Hawaiian Monk seals spend most of their time at the sea, but come ashore to rest of their time on beaches. Most of monk seals are not afraid of humans, so they were sleeping most of the time when we found them. They primarily feed themselves with fishes, octopus and squid. Monk seals can dive to 1,500 feet (500 m) to find their next meal but usually they stay above 200 feet (65 m). May is the peak birthing season and the females first birth happens mostly at 5 years old. They live around 30 years.
It is always a treat to see them on the shores but just one thing, it’s important to remember that Hawaiian Monks are endangered and protected by the state law because only approximately 1,200 Hawaiian monk seals are left in the wild. You can receive a $25,000 fine and up to five years in jail so enjoy their presence from a distance. 🙂
You can also see whales in winter and dolphins in summer. To see wild Sea Turtles, check our next blog posts.
I hope you will enjoy these adorable wild animals in Hawaii and good luck!