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Since the walk from the parking lot to the beach area is a steep hill, the HANAUMA BAY TRAM is available. It runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost down is .50 U.S., up is $1.00 U.S. or $2.00 for an all-day pass. No problem walking down but I did take the tram going back up.
Written Mar 12, 2005
If you want to pass as a local resident, just walk around with a t-shirt and a flip-flop. Might as well, hang loose hah! Da kine, da kine...The local market sellers will probably give you the local price of goods! The tourists are usually buying the Hawaiian shirts and wear them - and have cameras hanging over their necks or shoulders!
(more pictures next time!)
Written May 14, 2007
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a warm sweater to warm up in after going in the H20. I found it a mite chilly due to the changing cloud cover (went in early May), and actually wound up with a cold for the rest of the night (had to stay in bed...). Wear sturdy shoes for trotting up and down that killer of a hill. Your legs won't feel so perky after a hard morning of paddling.
Photo Equipment: Be sure to pick up an underwater camera at an ABC store. You'll get some great shots of the fish if you are patient enough. Move very quietly in order to not freak out the fish. When using the cheap underwater cameras, try to look through the viewfinder when taking your pic. I kinda just stuck the camera down in the water and pointed it at the fish. Didn't work out too bad. Also, be sure to snap your pic just after the wave moves past you, and the fish have settled. If you snap your shot at the height of the wave, the pic may be distorted/no fish in pic.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Put on your swimsuit before you board your bus (or strip in your car ; ) It saves time!
Miscellaneous: For those of you who have a bit of a gag reflex (bad at holding things in your mouth), skip the snorkel. Instead, pack an air-tight pair of racing goggles (and earplugs, if you need them) and a strong pair of flippers. I got a lot of great pics just by diving and holding my breath.
The big swim masks given out by the snorkeling companies have a tendancy to flood if you don't use the snorkel as well. I enjoyed my Speedo goggles, as the suction is good (allows you to wear contacts!)
Updated May 19, 2005