This is a very touristy place that is worth seeing, if
you have the time. This
sunken volcanic crater is a snorkeler's paradise, with
thousands of tropical fish and other marine animals, a
few turtles, and a pristine coral reef in fairly shallow
water — at most 20 feet deep. I jumped on
a bus from Waikiki, and was able to get there in about
25 minutes. It used to be free but recently they
started charging $5 to get in. Before going
in, you are shuttled into a mini movie theatre to watch
a 7-minute movie on how to help preserve and protect the
coral reef when swimming.
I stayed here for a couple hours, soaking in some sun
and did some snorkeling. There is plenty of room
for everyone, and even if there are many people there,
you won't feel crowded. There were a couple of
things that really aided me in my snorkeling adventures.
I stopped in a shop called Snorkel Bob's and picked up
hand fins for $20. Instead of using feet
fins, many times, I wore ocean shoes, and the hand
fins. The hand fins were webbed and helped propel
me through the water. The other item I bought at
Snorkel Bob's, which I thought was priceless, was a
bottle of No Fog solution for my mask for $2.
Instead of spitting in my mask every 5 minutes because
my mask would fog up, I would dab a couple drops of this
solution in the mask, rub it around, wash it out real
quick with ocean water, and I could see clearly for up to
I am getting ready to enter.
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