First a little background….you probably know that the Hawaiian islands are a group of volcanos. Right? As the vocanoes erupted, the molten rock welled up on the ocean floor to form mounds which eventually poked up from the ocean — WaaLAA you have an island.
See how Hanauma Bay is circular? Well it was once a little volcano. Then, one side of the crater wall exploded to allow sea water to flow inside the cone–thereby forming this beautiful sheltered bay.
Hanauma Bay is a nature preserve so the marine life can be protected.
Before entering the preserve, you first watch a video describing the bay and how to safeguard the marine life.
Then you pay a few bucks to rent a snorkle, mask and fins and…
The coral reef is the dark tan part of these photos….if you look carefully you can see that the fish swim right next to you!
I brought along an underwater camera, but only took a few pictures before the darn camera malfunctioned:
How ’bout a little music to go with our under the sea experience?
“Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.” Stewart Udal