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This was my favorite part of the trip. I heard good things about Hanauma Bay, and they turned out to be for a good reason. Hanauma Bay is a marine life preserve located in the protected waters of a large cove created by the ocean filling in an old volcanic crater. For the experienced snorkeler or scuba diver, it is probably not that special and considered overcrowded. But to a novice like me, it was a fantastic experience. I could have easily spent the entire day snorkeling there. Firstly, the water is very clear and looks turquoise from above. The amazing thing about Hanauma Bay is that you will see a fish with the first step you take into the water. There are colorful tropical fish even in 6 inch deep water.
Even if you do grow tired of snorkeling, Hanauma Bay is a great beach even for just soaking up the sun. It is also a beautiful cove and worthy of many pictures from higher vantage points. The parking lot is located up a very steep hill from the beach. We then drove Brandon around the eastern side of O'ahu and even saw some humpback whales. We could easily see them with the naked eye from the shore. After swimming and taking in a lot of sun, we were all quite famished and it was about 3:30 by the time we had lunch. We stopped in Kane'ohe and tried to go to a Thai restaurant, but they were closed between lunch and dinner. So we found a Chinese place called Joyful Gardens. We thought that we had ordered too much food with one appetizer and three entries, but it was so good that we devoured it all. There was nothing left, which was quite impressive. We ended the day by going back to the hotel to shower and rest and then had a light meal of sushi at Hatsuhana.