The itinerary for this day was to visit the southeast coast of the island of Oahu.
First up, snorkeling in Hanauma Bay. Prior to the trip, I had read about that their parking lot fills up fairly quickly so it’s best to go early (it’s also closed on Tuesdays). We arrived at around 9am on a Sunday and did find parking pretty easily.
Hanauma Bay is a nature preserve and a state park, and it is a very popular snorkeling destination. After paying the entrance fee (free for children under 13), we got to watch a brief video presentation on the history of the bay and how to protect the abundant marine life while snorkeling.
We had brought our own cheap version of snorkeling gear (I think they were in fact from the kids toys section of the store), but gear rental is also available onsite. And unfortunately, since they were basically toys, one of the two sets pretty much broke off right after my daughter’s first attempt at snorkeling. The water got into her nose which of course led to her promptly declaring that she’s done with snorkeling. Luckily the rest of us did get to take turns to swim out further into the reefs and saw tons of fish and amazing corals.
On the other hand, my little girl was plenty content with just swimming around near the shore and playing in the sand instead. And honestly, who can really complain about being around such beautiful surroundings, right?