04.04.2011 - 04.04.2011 30 °C
Had to make an early start today as we needed to get to Hanauma Bay (we found out today it is presented Ha-na-ma not Han-a-may-a as we have been pronouncing it!) before they closed the car park because there are no available car parking spaces. Easily got a park (front door actually) and made our way down to the bay. The bay itself is really goregous to look at; aqua blue water, with obvious coral reefs fringed by the green of the crater. Hanauma Bay is actually an old volcano crater that is now home to a coral reef and lots of fish.
Highlight of the morning was seeing a couple of big parrot fish (very colourful fish with a parrot like beak for a mouth). Unfortunately we didn’t see any sea turtles (I was a bit bummed because I really love to see these animals in the wild). Sadly, Hanauma Bay has changed since we were last here. Last time we were here we were able to hand feed the fish. They’ve now turned the park into a marine conservation area and have stopped all feeding of marine wildlife. This meant the fish didn’t seem as prevelant and certainly weren’t as willing to come up to you. The other disappointment is the coral itself. We saw very little colourful alive corals. Unfortunately I think that the 100s of tourists daily are slowly killing the park. Still worth a visit if you have never seen a reef and tropical fish but for us it was a bit of a let down.
The afternoon was spent climbing Diamond Head. Holy smokes- two days in a row of climbing tall extinct volcanos has left my legs feeling quite sore and sorry!!! The climb itself is pretty exhausting. The last ¼ mile or so (I’m even getting into the local lingo now!) is straight up two sets of very hefty stairs, 100+ stairs in each. The walk was worth it though as the views over Waikiki were pretty specky.
Returned the car late this arvo (happy to announce no issues, no accidentally driving in the wrong lane etc!!!) and spent happy hour at the Sheraton Waikiki ($3 pints and $5 cocktails). Very funny thing happened at the hotel. Conductor went off to go to the loo and found this vending machine. No kidding, the Sheraton has a vending machine that sells iPods, Cameras, Ear Phones, Mobile Phones, Nintendo DSs and any sort of techy stuff you can imagine. Only in America can you buy electronic goods out of a vending machine! Definitely one for Gazz..
Off to Pearl Harbour in the morning (6.45 am—what’s the go with getting to attractions early here in Hawaii) and more swimming at Waikiki in the arvo.
Weary’s definitely living up to her name tonight and is planning to go to bed early. See you all tomorrow.