Hawaii is breathtaking. Each island is a different treasure floating on a jewel sea. Rocky green volcanic landscapes contrast against soft golden sands and bright turquoise seas. Each new backdrop is more beautiful than the next. Hanauma Bay is no exception to this description. Once a volcanic crater, rising sea levels filled one half of the crater to make it the perfect crescent bay it is today.
Volcanic lava gave way to reefs teaming with brightly coloured sea life, giving it its world-famous reputation of today.
On our current USA trip, we were fortunate enough to visit this beautiful bay. We immediately fell in love with the jewel coloured water, easy snorkeling and swimming, and warm, crystal clear water. The beach is dotted with palm trees, which, although fit the island aesthetic, do not provide sufficient shade, so it is recommended that you bring a beach umbrella or a hat if you are planning to stay the day. Also, if you want the best snorkeling experience, it is best to get there early around 8AM to beat the crowds. So the next time you are visiting Oahu, we highly recommend a day trip to the beautiful Hanauma Bay.
Tips// There is no food at the actual beach, so remember to bring your own water or snacks or buy them at the top of the crater. Also, if you are driving, make sure to get there early as they close the carpark off once it is full and you will be forced to wait.
How to get there// Bus 22 from Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki goes there every day except Tuesday ($2.50); Or by taxi ($60 one way from Waikiki)
Additional Fees// Entry: $7.50; Equipment hire fee: $10 – 25
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For more information// http://www.hanauma-bay-hawaii.com/
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