Hanauma Bay

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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.

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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…

Jump in…..!

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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!

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I brought along an underwater camera, but only took a few pictures before the darn camera malfunctioned:

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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

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