Upon first seeing Honu, many visitors are surprised that they are not green! More of a dark grey color on top and a yellowish-orange on bottom. The name comes from the layer of fat between the skin and the stomach which is typically a bright green because of the bright green algae they consume. In fact, it is that algae which draws them to certain beaches here in Hawai’i. Of course, there are other factors too.
Pacific Green Sea Turtles are the largest hard-shelled sea turtle in the world and the Hawaiian sub-species is magnificent! In fact, the Honu is the only population in the world that pulls themselves up on the shore and will take naps while basking in the sun. Honu are protected by law and touching or harassing them while they bask is a punishable offense, so please respect the turtles while you are here. Take pictures, marvel at them, ooh and aah - but no touching!