On our final day in Hawaii, we went to Hanauma Bay. Hanauma Bay is a Nature Preserve and a Marine Life Conservation District.
This is a pretty popular tourist attraction—people wait in a long line and pay to enter this beach actually. Before entertaining the beach, though, visitors must watch a short-video explaining the procedures and rules for snorkeling and beach etiquette. The reason why watching the video is mandatory to visitors is so that they don’t disturb the wildlife. When you are in the water, you are surrounded by various fishes and sea creatures and so, you should be cautious—see but don’t touch.
I never went snorkeling before and like the helicopter ride, it wasn’t on my bucket list. Initially, I wasn’t planning on going snorkeling because I don’t really know how to swim. However, I am glad that I tried it out at least. I got to see a few fishes at the shallow end. The water isn’t that deep. It’s probably like four feet in depth and there were a lot of rocks, so you have to be careful not to step on sea urchins.
Snorkeling was a lot of fun but I didn’t go further out because I didn’t want to drown (even though I could stand up). I would actually go snorkeling again in Hawaii because the water is warm and clear. Also, you can see a lot of sea creatures in a more intimate fashion as opposed to visiting an aquarium.
FYI: If you don’t own any snorkeling gear, you can rent it there.
After visiting Hanauma Bay, my family and I went to another family reunion dinner and then headed back to California the next day.
Also, my cousin did some vlogging of her own on this trip. You can check out her Youtube vlog here.