After I got back from Hawaii I spent a good three months talking about moving there. For good, really. There’s just something about this place that gets me.
I love the endless ocean everywhere you go, the warm air, the relatively short drives to get even as far as the other side of the island. I’m a water baby, so spending hours in the ocean is A-Okay by me. Even the rain & the clouds & the sand everywhere was a major positive. One visit & I’m a Hawaii lover for life.
My first day on the island, Sean took me for an afternoon/evening hike up the cliff behind & above Hanauma Bay. I didn’t realize it on the first night there, but Hanauma Bay is actually super super packed during the day as it’s a major snorkeling destination for tourists.
It was absolutely magical to see this place empty. What a stunning bit of the ocean, no?
There were some pretty stunning views of the Koko Head mountain/volcano as well. It’s something I’d like to go back & hike, actually, but we didn’t get a chance to this time.
Here’s me, right after we hiked up the big hill & down the other side of it to get to this fantastic spot. It was hard work, I’d spent the whole day traveling, & the humidity was brutal. I was pretty gross & sweaty when we took this photo… but also VERY happy.
What a great way to start the trip.
Photo of me (above) taken by Sean
I mean, come on! SUCH a stellar view.
We stayed until it was dark to make sure we had the time & conditions to capture some night shots. We were hoping for an amazing sunset, but we just got a bit of a grey, soft one. It was still pretty though, especially with the soft water in the bay & the lights of the city in the background.
So gorgeous. Worth the hike there… AND the hike back. haha. It was a bit of a slip & slide on the way home, clambering over the rocks & getting gross from the heat again. We brought headlamps to help light our way on the way home… & thank goodness we did as it was definitely necessary.
A few days later, once we’d moved into the Banyan Tree House on the ocean, we spent the morning snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. It was busy & we felt like tourists, but it was worth it. In just a few hours at this place, right in the middle of the day, I saw a whale (yes!), a few sea turtles up quite close, & countless gorgeous fishes.
The water was a bit cold, but lying on the sand was REALLY warm. I kind of wish that we had brought some snacks & spent more time just lounging around.
This is probably my favorite photo from this place. The clouds on the island were stunning & the views of the ocean unparalleled.
VISIT / See their website here & give them a call for more information. Expect to pay around $15-$25 for entry plus snorkeling gear OR bring your own (rented from somewhere else ahead of time) for a bit cheaper. I believe you get a bit of a discount for being a student & they do accept credit cards.
See more from Hawaii here.