Hanauma / Toilet Bowl

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If you are staying in Waikiki Hotel like I was (there is the largest number of good hotels on oahu in Waikiki)

I reccomend outrigger becuase they have just an awesome location and very nice rooms for the price (it's where I stayed) http://www.outrigger.com/hotels_detail.aspx?hotel=1

but there are a lot of good hotels of course:


Then Hanauma Bay is both close and probably one of the best places to hit while you are there.

The Hanauma Bay Beach Park is one of the most special places on earth - a fantastic array of fish can be seen, (I saw a sea turtle! very cool!) if you have a basic snorkel and fins going in your favor.

The park website:


But few tourists know about a local favorite spot called the "toilet bowl"

This location is seldom reviewed but is one of the best places to go if you are going to visit the park and want some adventure.

The first step is to go around the pint of the bay to the left (facing out towards the ocean); Then continues around and in around the tip. There is a water inlet that narrows to a naturally occurring round basin that fills rapidly in and out as the waves crash in through a narrowing channel and then up and out. Next the water is sucked out quickly "flushing" anyone in the bowl out towards the ocean 

It could be quite dangerous if you are not an experienced swimmer. It is important to be wary and cautious as you enjoy this natural feature.

I found it extremely fun and exciting and highly recommend it to those seeking adventure in Hawaii

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