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Day 34 - Monday 1st June 2015

Hanauma Bay

sunny 27 °C

We woke today at 6am as we had booked a snorkel trip out to Hanauma Bay that was recommended to me by a friend. We were picked up at 9am for the 30 minute drive to the bay, it is actually a designated nature reserve. We were dropped off and given 2.5 hours at the site before being picked up again, which I thought would be plenty but turned out different.

About a million people visit the bay each year and although our shuttle driver said the season wasn't busy yet, there were still plenty of people. First we had to line up to buy entry tickets, then line up again to watch a safety video. We then took a trolley ride to the beach down a steep hill. The day was overcast and windy and once we entered the water with our snorkel gear we found it a little rough as the current and waves were pushing us around.

The coral here is different to what we've seen previously in the South Pacific. Here the coral is covered with algae that the fish feed off but it meant there was no colour to it. The fish although were still as pretty and colourful, and we even had the experience of seeing a green see turtle swim right by us - not many had seen a turtle so we were lucky.

We snorkelled in a couple of spots but then a loud air raid siren blasted on shore, naturally we thought that meant we had to get out of the water. It was very loud and echoed around the bay and lasted a while. We found out later that it was the monthly test of the siren only, as it was the first day of a new month. We didn't have a lot more time left so decided to dry off and head back to the top of the hill and waited for our transport back to our hotel.

We took a rest for a while and went to grab a quick lunch at Starbucks before heading back to the beach. As it was a windy day the surf was rough, pleasing the surfers and boarders out past the breaks but making swimming tough. I decided I wanted to try and catch waves so rented a bodyboard and fins, but found it too rough so after just one small wave I gave up.

After the beach we washed up and headed out for dinner, as this was the last night of our holiday we decided to go somewhere nice. We opted for an Italian place under the Marriott across the road called Arancino. The food was certainly yummy - prosciutto and papaya entree, spaghetti with a whole Maine one pound lobster for main, and an affogato for dessert. Ate way too much as usual but throughly enjoyed it. After dinner we went back and watched the remaining part of the movie we'd started the night before then headed to bed.

Posted by Ace from Oz 02:24 Archived in USA Tagged hanauma_bay

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