When we travel, some days we have a definite plan for what we’re going to do and other days we’re looser and just see what the day brings.
Today’s plan was to go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, which is a bit east of Honolulu and considered some of the best snorkeling in the world. Even better, it’s a great place for shore snorkeling, which is perfect for those of us who aren’t comfortable in big water and want to have the security of shallow water and sand under our feet.
Because Hanauma Bay is so popular, one has to get there first thing in the morning, as parking is limited and fills up quickly. And because of the surrounding topography, there’s no other place to park, except in the official lot.
Alas, we were not so timely this morning, so when we got to there, the parking lot was full and blocked off so that people couldn’t even go in. Luckily, our Plan B came together quickly: We decided to do a counterclockwise driving tour of Oahu. It’s a small island — approximately 71 x 30 miles — so we knew we could see a lot in just a few hours. And so we did.
For the first two-thirds of the journey, we were mostly near the water, but the last bit was spent coming down the middle of the island between the two mountain ranges.
Once back in Honolulu, I felt the need to stretch my legs, so I went down to the beach for a walk and some people watching.
Tomorrow, we’re flying over to the Big Island, where we’ll spend the rest of our vacation. We didn’t have nearly enough time in Honolulu, so if we’re ever here again — and I will certainly endeavor to make it happen — I hope to see more of Honolulu itself, including Pearl Harbor and Iolani Palace, as well as the aforementioned Hanauma Bay.