Wednesday, May 29, 2013
2013 Hawaii - Day Four - Hanauma Bay
This is turning into a trip of early mornings. We were all up before 6:00 am. We ended up having the buffet breakfast at Duke's.
The plan for the day was to go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. The guidebook talked about how this is one of Oahu's most popular attractions and that the parking is full by 9:00 am to 9:30 am. I was determined to get there early so that we didn't have a problem. We ended up pulling into the parking lot a little after 8:30 am. The lot was probably about 80% full at that point.
After watching a conservation video, we wandered down to the bay. I ended up taking off on my own while Sharon stayed with Jack. I was very impressed with the number and variety of fish. After the first hour, the three of us went out and explored two other lagoons in the bay. Sharon and I finished with a swim out to point where the surf was breaking. We all ended up having a wonderful time. We also stayed a lot longer than I thought that we would. By the time, we got back to Honolulu, it was after 2:00 pm.
We wandered down Waikiki Beach looking for a place to have a late lunch. The first place that we went--The Oceanarium--was not open for lunch. We ended up having very nice lunch along the beach at the Moana Surfrider underneath an enormous 100 year old Banyan tree.
We did a little shopping on the way back to the hotel. Leaving Sharon and Jack in the room, I wandered along the beach to get a picture of the hotel and a couple of historical sites.
After getting cleaned up, Sharon and I went to the House Without A Key for drink. The three of us finished the day with a late dinner at Doraku Sushi near the hotel.