Hawaii Trip, Day 9: Hanauma Bay Snorkeling, Waikiki Night

Hanauma Bay is the defacto spot for snorkeling on Oahu. It is a designated nature preserve, and is nestled in a volcanic crater on the southeast coast. It is an incredibly popular tourist destination, and as a result is always extremely crowded. As a result, there is unfortunately a lot of misuse and damage done to the coral by the millions of people that visit each year. When you first arrive, you are froced to watch a short video describing the bay and outlining a number of things you shouldn’t do – such as standing on the coral, feeding the fish, etc. The video was really cheesy, but informative – with most of the information conveyed in song (“I’m a fish and live in the sea – please don’t feed me”). Having grown up in Florida, and with what I feel to be a pretty good respect for the water and marine life, this was all old news to me, but it amazed me how many people still ignored the video and what it said. Continue reading Hawaii Trip, Day 9: Hanauma Bay Snorkeling, Waikiki Night