Our Hawaiian adventure continues. Monday Rick and I travelled to Hanauma Bay to go snorkelling. Hanauma Bay is an ecological preserve. I can understand why. The coral and fish that live in these waters are incredible. Fishing is prohibited at all times. Sea turtles, an endangered species, are often found in the bay. Rick spotted one, but I wasn’t lucky enough to see it.
To say the views were amazing is an understatement, and swimming alongside tropical fish of all sorts was breathtaking.
Today (Wednesday) we decided to make up for yesterday’s laziness by hiking Koko crater – located directly across the street from Hanauma Bay. At 1207 feet, it is the highest crater in Oahu. The hiking path follows an old rail line. It is steep and completely exposed. By the time we hit the top of it, we were soaked but very happy. Of course, being that we are nerdy and such, we timed ourselves. Time to climb: 25:42, including breaks for photos. That’s 1207 feet of steep climbing in under 30 minutes. Because we are AWESOME. But it was worth it. Our descent was a bit quicker obviously – 15 minutes or so. To put the climb into perspective, the CN Tower climb covers 1122 feet (which I managed in 19:06 the first and only time I did it).
The views at the top of the Koko crater were unbelievable. We could see Molokai across the ocean, Hanauma Bay, and most of Honolulu below. Amazing. Of course, we were compelled to do some yoga poses, jump shots, corpse poses, and other ripe-for-photographing activities while at the top. Cuz we’re cool like that. Clearly. One of the panoramic pictures that Rick took is now the header for this blog. Well done Rick. Well done indeed.
If you come to Oahu, I highly recommend both of these activities.