Mr. Eight and I have decided to really start taking advantage of our new local on the island by heading to the beach as often as possible. We've gone more this month than we did in the last 6 months and it's great! (Minus the major sunburn on my back of course.)
While my mom was visiting last month I found a review on Yelp for Ali'i Beach. I was looking for a place for good turtle watching so she'd have a chance to see one. Let's just say we weren't disappointed!
I love this beach. We've come 3 times this past week and I haven't gotten sick of it yet. Today we actually saw a turtle come up out of the water right in front of us. He took a nap about 10 feet away from my kids, how cool is that?
The surf here can be a little rough, but is fine for older kids. I'm not sure I recommend swimming at this beach, just around the corner is a popular surfing location and you can see the huge waves crashing in the winter. So be safe! Keep an eye on the younger ones. The first two times we came I turned around in time to see Mr. C lying on his stomach on the beach with the water washing up around him; not a pretty sight for a mom! I recommend checking the tide schedule before you come, know when high tide is and pay attention. The water can sneak up on you, your digital camera, and your toddler!
A few notes about the area. There are a lot of homeless people around, you'll see some tents and camp sights in the shade. I haven't noticed any problems though and in spite of the camp sites the beach is relatively clean.
Also, respect the honu! You should keep to a minimum of 6 feet away from the turtles. They're a threatened species, and they bite. If you were taking a nap on the beach I'm sure you wouldn't appreciate people stopping by and patting you on the back every few minutes. Don't be afraid to tell other people off either, there are signs posted letting you know to give them space. If you decide not to heed these warnings don't be surprised if some local shows up and chews you out. I've seen it happen twice myself!
Behind the beach is a huge grassy field, there are some picnic benches as well. Perfect for letting the kids run, flying a kite, or playing catch with your dog. Lots to do!
Overall, I like this beach a lot. It's right in Haleiwa, but is never very crowded. As far as island parking goes, it's plentiful, which is a huge plus. I would definitely put this on your list of places to visit in North Shore!