Check the inside of the Iolani Palace and learn how the old monarch rule Hawaii! It is very impressive how the state of Hawaii preserved the palace! Even the furnitures that the King and Queen used were preserved well. We were told by the guide that most of the furnitures were recovered- the desks, rocking chairs, dinner wares, etc. The stairway to...more
I went snorkelling at Hanauma Bay in 1990, 2001 and 2002 and 2007.Snorkelling at Hanauma Bay is very nice. The only problem now over there is it gets very, very crowded and touristsy! In the early 1990s, I saw a lot of fish and sometimes turtles. It used to be that you can feed the fish. You can bring some food and feed the turtles. That was then....more
There are so many things to see in Hawaii but make sure to include going to the Polynesian Center. It's not a complete vacation if you didn't go! It's like going to Seattle without going to the Space Needle. Or visiting New York without going to the Empire State Building.The Polynesian Cultural Center has the largest evening show. And, it has seven...more
The beach is beautiful and safe for children to swim. It has a picnic area where local residents barbecue and take their families for a weekend vacation! The picnic area is green with coconut trees around. It has picnic tables and chairs for sitting. It is a very clean and very safe place for children!more
This is absolutely the best snorkeling spot you can find on Oahu.You have to pay $5 tfor the entrance.Then you have to watch a video, lenght 15 min.The beach is no smoking.Did you know that the cigarette butts kill baby sea turtle?And do you know how to see if a Turtle is male or female? Write me :-)more
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.
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!)
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!)
When Pat and I waded into the calm, warm water of the reef, we couldn't believe our eyes when we saw all these fish darting back and forth. I was actually squealing with delight at the sight as I had never seen anything like it before. The fish actually came right up to you and some of the little ones gently nibbled on your ankles. Cool or what!!!more
At beach level there is a snorkelling equipment concession, dressing rooms, restrooms and an information kiosk.There are restrooms and a food concession in the upper level, so you might want to get that bottle of pop or water before you go down to the beach. We brought our own drinks and munchies.more