Hanauma BayBay of Hanauma
Snorkelling Hanauma Bay | Oahu
Hanauma Bay is the most important snorkelling spot on Oahu with its tranquil and sheltered blue water, just a few steps from the Honolulu highway. In spite of some disadvantages - including high admission prices and large numbers of visitors - the Laguna, embedded in an old volcanic craters, is perfect for novices who can watch a variety of marine environments under optimum security prevail.
Haanauma Bay is located about 20 km eastwards from Waikiki. This area is very well marked from the highroad. Instead of taking the park shuttles, which are quite pricey (from $22 per passenger for a round trip), take the number 22 coach from Waikiki (www.thebus.org), which is $2.50 for a single journey and drops you off in about 30min. from the park.
If you are a novice, you can access the waters anywhere along the shore, but you should stay away from the area opposite the canal, as the currents can be very high. There are plenty of hints for exploration of the place (walks, the different areas, description of the different types of seafood, etc.), so make the most of it.
There are a number of areas to be explored. Whilst novices want to remain in the pristine swimming pool between the shore and shore (?-7ft/1-2m), advanced snorkellers will want to go swimming to the canal (if ocean condition allows) and discover the areas beyond the shore where the water is lower (?+20ft/+6m) and the bottom is of better qualitiy.
Here you have the best chances to see some of the best spot of the island's beautiful and beautiful nature, but they are less easily seen than in some other parts of the articel. The canal can have powerful current and wave in winters and when the ocean is harsh (well marked by buoys).
Rescue swimmers monitor the site during the opening times of the site and will quickly remind you of your megaphone if you do not comply with it. Underwater you will certainly discover parrot and surgeon and triggerfishes, as well as a very large number of the same colored species, some of which can only be found in Hawaii.
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