Beaches / Coastlines, Oahu
This is THE place to snorkel. A wide variety of aquatic life, crystal clear waters, snorkelling gear renting booth.
Park admission cost $5. You have to go through an orientation "lecture" where they tell you the different kind of fishes and the history of Hanauma Bay, and specificly warn you not to step on the reef or touch the fishes :)
You could get some decent snorkelling gears at ABC stores before you get to Hanauma Bay. Because renting them cost about as much as buying them. And also remember to buy a waterproof disposable camera from ABC stores because they only cost about $12.
It's a steep walk down to Hanauma Bay, and they provide a trolley that bring you up or down. Up cost $1, wheareas down cost half the price. Funny eh? The walk is not that bad. Plus you get a great view of Hanauma Bay!
It's close on Tuesday. did I mention this place is great of scuba-diving enthusiast too?
In the picture, the dark part you see is the reef.
This is by far THE BEST BEACH in Oahu that I have been to. The sand is SOOOO soft I felt as if I am stepping on clouds in heaven. And when I went, the skies were blue, and the waters look absolutely gorgeous.
The best thing is, there are these outlying islands near the beach, and for something to do apart from sunbathing, you can rent a kayak and go kayaking around!
The waters are surprisingly shallow in most places, and the waters usually calm, so it is perfect for kayaking, canoeing etc
I was told by a local to watch out for rocks that move..cuz they could be turtles!
And two things to watch out for: man-o-wars and jellyfishes. Man-O-wars are supposedly around most of the time, but those jellyfish only come out after a full moon.
Kailua Beach Park is a little different from Kailua Beach. I was told by the local tourist center that Kailua Beach Park is the more beautiful side of the beach :) And indeed I had the most fantastic experience ever.
This beach is so much less crowded and so much cleaner and the sands so much softer than Waikiki Beach. It is just a little far away.
There are two places to go for some fun swimming. Across from Sea Life and to the north a bit, there is a parking area and changing hut. There are some great tidal pools, perfect for children. Up towards Waimanalo, there is a fenced in area on the east side the Hwy 72, between the Bellows AFB enterance and McDonalds. Great beach!!!
One of the neatest stops on the Circle Island Tour was NORTH SHORE. There were lots of surfers and huge waves. Sunset, Ehukai, Waimea Bay and Haleiwa Beach which make up the North Shore, are several of the most well known surfing spots in the world.
A perfect little embayment, Hanauma Bay once was an area meant for the Hawaiian Ali'i or Royalty. Today, it is a popular tourist spot for snorkeling due to the various numbers of fish and shallow water.
Since this is a preserve there is no fishing or removal of marine life and it is strongly recommended that you not feed the fish to help keep the ecological balance to the marine preserve.
Bring your snorkel gear, underwater camera and rent or buy a wet/dry sack which is a little pack you can wear into the water that will keep your ID, cash, credit cards and car keys safe and dry.
This is a good place for children to learn how to snorkel due to the calm waters. Make sure they have the proper safety gear as well.
Admission is $5.00 and the preserve gets crowded very early.
Make sure you pick up any and all trash and help keep the beach clean.
Aloha Flea market located at the carpark of Aloha Staduim is a great place to buy those
cheap and tacky hawaiian souvenirs that nobody want but always fun to give away.
It is also a great place to get some local hand made arts and craft.
Imagined extinct volcano and one side of the rim collapsed into the ocean opening up the cone for the ocean to come in and fill it with all types of colorful marine creatures. Fantastic snorkellingand the location of Elvis's movie " Blue Hawaii".
This is my most memorable experience of the whole trip and you must make it here .
As we walked along the white sand beaches, I lost count of the Sea Turtles I saw playing in the surf. Just beyond the point, (perfect for a picnic) I sat and enjoyed watching the surf pound against a rocky coastline, creating magnificent sights & sounds as it shot thru a blowhole.
Just a short paddle off of Kailua Beach is Flat Island, which is basically a coral island and sanctuary for birds.
Be careful leaving or approaching the beach from the eastern side, the surf can be wicked.
This is an excellent site for a first time snorkeller! Although the reefs themselves are not of the most interesting variety, they are very close to shore and the marine life around them are plentiful and very colorful
Water temp is great, around high 70's to low 80's. Viz is around 40-60ft., and marine life is existent. There is a parking fee and admission fee. Prepare to bring some extra money. Also, if you want to rent some gears.
If I can remember, Hanuama Bay closes every Tuesday(?).
imagine a hard days work... you and your loved one want to take a swim just to wash off the swaet and dust... you drive along the North Shore in search of a private spot for you two.... and you spo a beach, a pearol in South Pacific where you park, take a swim in the warm waters, (do a little khm khm) and watch the sunset together... later on a beer and a nice dinner and what more would a girl want?
You pay $5 to get into the park, then you watch about a 10 minute video about the sea life there, and how Hanauma Bay was formed.
You can either walk down to the Bay, or pay $1 to take a trolley. It's $2 to get back up if you don't want to walk. It's $5 to rent a locker for the whole day. There are public bathrooms and showers available along two parts of the beach.
Make sure you signed the book stating that you visited, and you won't have to watch the video if you come again.
I saw all kinds of tropical fish, but the coolest sight was a green sea turtle that was swimming near me.
Well worth the $5 dollars.
Well I've been to more beaches than erm...those guys with metal detectors, anyway this beach is beautiful, safe and relaxed.
There is plenty to do including volleyball, SURFING, Kayaking, snorkelling and watching movies at the weekend on a massive screen!
In the summer, the North Shore ocean is fairly flat. In the winter, there can be monster waves with expert surfers on the water riding waves that can be 20' high. It is impressing to sit on the beach - well away from the water's edge - and just take in the awesome ocean.