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    rock jumping on the north shore.

    by forshy1 Updated Nov 1, 2006
    the folks up top the massive rock
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    fairly self explanatory..... jumping off a massive rock into the ocean. i'm not entirely sure of its location..... only that it is on the north shore and that from the road, you'll know when you see it. it may not look so big when you are on the beach but once you are standing on it and ready to jump, it looks much bigger. i did it and you get a massive weggie b/c of the impact. getting to the top wasn't too difficult but some parts of the rock may be slippery so watch yourself.

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    Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

    by EGitan Written Sep 2, 2006

    Semicircular Hanauma Bay, located on Oahu's windward coast, is a spectacular tropical paradise that sports a half-mile of perfect white-sand beach backed by exotic palm trees.
    Once a favorite fishing spot for Hawaiian royalty, this extinct volcanic crater is frequented by spotted eagle rays, turtles and more than 450 colorful, tropical fish and numerous sea turtles, eels, octopus, crabs, lobsters and Hawaii marine life.

    Some of the more popular fish include the milletseed butterfly fish, yellow tangs, trumpet fish, Moorish idols, puffer fish, parrot fish, surgeon fish, angel fish and the Hawaii State Fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a.

    It is an educational experience and is safe for all ages. Compared to other snorkeling spots on the island, you can't top the beauty of the beaches but the reef is not in very good condition. I saw some interesting fish and sea life, but the reef has been damaged and there were not as many fish as I expected. If you go early in the morning you may see some sea turtles.
    Cost of entrance is $5 Renting snorkeling gear depends on what you get. But it is reasonable.
    Catching the bus back to the top is $1. And believe me you will want to. The hill is very steep after a long day of snorkeling.

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    Snorkeling at Sharks Cove

    by EGitan Written Sep 2, 2006
    giant sting ray

    This location is really some of the best snorkeling on the island. The reef is in good condition and you will see many amazing fish. There is always the chance to see a shark, but generally it is safe. The cove is surrounded by a lava bed and the currents are not too strong in the summer. It is however not safe any other time when the waves become very large. You can take a tour or rent a car and drive. It is a bit of a drive from Waikiki, but it is a nice drive through some traditional Hawaiian towns.

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    Swim with the Turtles-But don't feed them!

    by EGitan Written Sep 2, 2006
    Hono

    This location is a great place to see the giant sea turtles. It is a very nice cove with good snorkeling during the summer months.
    The green sea turtle, called Honu in Hawaiian, is featured in mythology, petroglyphs and as aumakua (personal family gods and guardians). The most common sea turtle in Hawaiian waters, the can frequently be seen feeding in shallow waters in coastal shallow waters on Oahu. It takes this turtle almost two decades to reach an adult breeding size of 200 pounds or more. Living up to eighty years they can reach up to 350 pounds.
    Once, there were tens of millions of green sea turtles around the world. Now there may be fewer than 200,000 mature females. In Hawaiian waters, the green sea turtle is making a comeback from its threatened status. Due to their size and swiftness in the water, they have only two predators, sharks and people. Human impact includes exploitation, poaching, subsistence hunting, incidental catch, marine debris and habitat destruction.
    If you get the chance to swim with the turtles, don't feed or disturb them. I found they are naturally curious animal and like to swim with you. I had the chance to see 4 or 5 very large turtles in turtle bay, and they just drift by, occasionally coming up for some air. They are amazing creatures.

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    hanauma bay

    by forshy1 Written Sep 27, 2006

    a wonderful, albeit packed, place to go for some snorkeling. good for a family outing!

    i generally try to take nice, long, deep breaths through my nose so when time came to snorkeling, i had a little bit of trouble adjusting. i literally had to tell myself to breath through my mouth. and then there is the uneasiness of hearing youreslf breath. eventually i overcame all of this. i saw plenty of fish but didn't see the ever elusive sea turtles. there is a spot where they are known to hang out but it is suggested that you be a strong swimmer because you must swim far out and you must also swim against the current.

    some advise: 1) load up on the sunscreen on your back. 2) don't chase the fishies otherwise you'll end up with pictures of their tail end 3) DO NOT stand on the reef. 4) get their early

    TOILET BOWL is another attraction at hanauma bay but i have not experienced it.

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    Sandy Beach

    by arv1 Written Feb 24, 2006
    Sandy Beach

    One of the most dangerous beaches in Hawaii apparently!! The tide is very very strong, which makes it a great hot spot for surfers and water sports people but NOT for paddlers like myself. It was a beautiful beach though.

    Our tour guide parked quite far from the beach as it was meant to be for purely observation purposes, but me and my brother really wanted to see how strong the tide was...so we ran down to it AND managed to return back to the tour bus within 20 mins!!

    Ab Fab!!

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    Find an inactive volcano

    by arv1 Written Feb 24, 2006
    Inactive Volcano

    This was quite cool, we were meant to be watching the spectacular view in the distance at this point but I started looking down at the rocks, and saw 'mist' coming out of the rock. On asking what it was, someone told me it was once a volcano!!

    How cool!!

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    Hanuama Bay

    by arv1 Written Feb 24, 2006
    Hanuama Bay
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    This private beach looked absolutely amazing!! It is open for public access everyday BUT tuesday and there is a small charge for entrance. Sadly, I didn't get the chance to go because we didn't realise it existed till the day we took a tour of the island...which did not include entrance to the beach. :(

    It looked well amazing though, as you can see in the picture!!!!! And standing where we were, we were able to see the entire bay, the beautiful water, and on top of that we could see some sea life, I saw a turtle!!!

    Hanuama Bay is most famous for snorkelling as it is considered a national reserve which means that the aquatic animals swim freely!! Apparently though, the wear and tear of people is ruining the coral...even so, I feel like I am an environmentalist BUT if i had another chance I would spend the whooooole day here!!

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    Hanauma Bay

    by Robdaz Updated Feb 17, 2005
    Hanuauma Bay (aerial pic not taken by me)

    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 .

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    Mokuleia Beach Park

    by tracynew72 Written Dec 24, 2004
    blowhole in action against a dark sky

    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.

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    Winter months - go to the beaches in Waimanalo

    by Vikefan Written Mar 27, 2005
    Us boys attacking the waves

    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!!!

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    Aloha Flea Market

    by Robdaz Written Feb 20, 2005
    Native baskets seller.

    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.

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    Snorkeling in Hanuama Bay

    by KernelPanic Updated Nov 11, 2004

    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(?).

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    Waikiki Beach

    by jaycee1401 Written Aug 15, 2004
    *Surfboard rental area*

    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!

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    Hanauma Bay

    by fosterbeer Updated Oct 15, 2004
    Hanauma Bay Green Sea Turtle

    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.

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