Hanauma Bay

July 25, 2009 by  
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Green turtle, Chelonia mydas
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Of all the beautiful beaches that Hawaii has to offer, Hanauma Bay may be one of the most unique. Located on the southeast coast of Oahu, Hanauma Bay is a marine embayment formed within a volcanic cone. Meaning “Shelter Bay,” Hanauma Bay is filled with pristine waters and beautiful reefs teeming with marine life surrounded by brilliant white sand beaches. Although Hanauma Bay is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island, the bay has suffered somewhat from overuse. At Hanauma Bay you will not only find a day of fun in the sun, but also excellent snorkeling.

Much of the reef located in the bay is located in shallow water and close to shore, making it easily accessible to tourists who wish to explore the marine life within it. Visitors are required by law to refrain from mistreating any marine animals or participating in any activity that will damage the coral reefs. Hanauma Bay is known for its abundance of Green sea turtles and parrotfish. Located on the left point of Hanauma Bay is another feature known as the Toilet Bowl, which is a natural spa tub that rises and falls with the tide. However, because it can be extremely dangerous on days with high surf, the Toilet Bowl has been closed to the public since the mid 90’s. Not to far away from Hanauma Bay are several lookout points for whale watching.

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