Hanauma bay provides both some of Hawaii's best snorkelling along with extremely easy access as the reef is right off the beach. This makes for a great first time snorkelling experience.
Equipment: Good equipment can be bought for around $50 or can be rented at the beach.
The Hawaiian State bird is the "Nene" a goose, but can you pronounce the name of the official/unofficial state fish?
Answer: it lies within the song Shirley Temple sang about going back to her little grass shack in Kalakaua, Hawaii, where the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa's go swimming by.
This is a Hawaiian Trigger Fish native to the outer reefs of Hawaii, the fish has a broad black band on the side and a black triangle at the beginning of the tail.
Equipment: A good dry snorkel, a mask and a pair of fins. For expert service either Maui Dive Shops or Snorkel Bob's, Snorkel Bob's is a hoot but they were rated highly amongst readers of the local newspaper.
Here at Hanauma Bay there is reputed to be the best snorkeling on the island.
There is an entrance fee of $5. p.p. and it is closed on a Tuesday.
An extract from the small free visitor's guide book says this about Hanauma Bay
"One of Hawaii's best snorkeling sites, it's calm, crystal-clear waters are home to hundreds of species of tropical reef fish. Protected by law, they have no fear of humans and are glad to greet the thousands of snorkelers that visit the bay every day, except Tuesdays."
Equipment: Obviously your snorkelling gear etc., and it may be wise to take food and drink, as there are no outlets provided for that.
Snorkel gear, underwater cameras, corrective lens masks, floatation devices, are available from some of the tour companies that pick you up from your Hotel and take you to Hanauma Bay/return. some also give expert instruction. Look for the tours advertised in the free booklets, or ask at your hotel.
There are washrooms at the Bay..