Nestled on the North Shore of Oahu, the Anahulu River stands as a haven for an incredible array of wildlife, offering a unique blend of freshwater and marine ecosystems. This river, winding its way to Haleiwa Harbor, is not only an escape for visitors but also a thriving habitat for diverse species, making it a nature lover’s paradise.
One of the most enchanting features of the Anahulu River is its role as a home for the revered green Hawaiian sea turtles, known locally as “honu.” These gentle giants grace the river with their abundant presence, creating a magical atmosphere for those to witness their graceful movements. As you explore the riverbanks, keep an eye out for these majestic creatures basking in the sun or gracefully navigating the clear waters. And they still say hi during our nighttime glow paddles!
The wildlife doesn’t end with sea turtles; the Anahulu River is also a playground for a variety of bird species. The vibrant colors and distinctive calls of peacocks, doves, and ducks often fill the air, adding a touch of elegance to the natural surroundings.
If you’ve got a sharp eye and some luck, a rare and exciting experience awaits as you venture into the bay connected to the Anahulu River. Eagle rays occasionally make appearances, gliding effortlessly through the bay. These magnificent creatures, with their distinctive shapes and graceful movements, add a touch of wonder to an already enchanting environment.
As the river meets the bay, a bustling underwater world comes to life. Schools of vibrant fish, including lots of Tilapia dance among the roots of mangrove trees along the bank. And it is so fun to watch the occasional jumping fish emerge to say hi!
As we appreciate and respect this natural haven, let us continue to cherish and protect the delicate balance of life that flourishes in the heart of this Hawaiian paradise.