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Geology of Hanauma Bay

The island of O’ahu was formed around 3.9 million years ago by volcanic eruptions caused by a weakness in the center of the Pacific tectonic plate. As the plate slowly moved over millions of years the Hawaiian Island chain was formed, with the oldest islands to the north-west and the youngest being the Big Island….

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Hawaiian Sea Turtles

Hawaii is the home to 5 different species of sea turtle, Green, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Loggerhead and Olive Ridley. Hanauma Bay is known for its abundance of Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas, also known as Honu. Hanauma is a nursery ground for the immature turtles. The Hawksbill turtle is listed as an endangered species and any…

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Hawaiian Monk Seal

The Hawaiian monk seal, Neomonachus schauinslandi, is an endangered species of earless seal that can only be found in the Hawaiian Islands. Some people believe that monk seals were introduced to Hawaii recently but there have been documented sightings going back to the 1800’s and archaeological remains of monk seals found on Hawaiʻi Island dating…

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Humu humu – Hawaiian State Fish

Hanauma Bay is both a Nature Preserve and a Marine Life Conservation District with over 400 species of fish. One of the most common and easiest to identify is the Reef Trigger Fish. The Reef Trigger fish is known as Humu humu nuku nuku apua’a in Hawaiian which translates as “triggerfish with a snout like…

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Good Marketing vs Great Service

One of my favorite examples of marketing is the scene from “Elf” when Will Ferrell’s character, Buddy, walks by an old coffee shop and sees a sign in the window that says “World’s Best Cup of Coffee” .  He is super excited and immediately runs into the coffee shop to congratulate them on a job well…

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Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay is a Must

One thing I really love about our service is that I truly believe in it. I can “sell” a trip to Hanauma Bay because I know it is fantastic! Travel always has its challenges-being in an unfamiliar place, on an unfamiliar schedule and out of your usual routine. All of this can lead to stress…

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Hanauma Bay the Perfect Hawaiian Experience?

Is Hanauma Bay the perfect Hawaii experience? It can be if you know what to expect when you get there. Our drivers/instructors do everything they can to optimize the experience for guests. They inform you of exactly how to fit and adjust all of your equipment (which we personally ensure is twice sanitized and inspected),…

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Dry Snorkel

What is A Dry Snorkel and how is it different from a Basic Snorkel? The snorkel is the tube used for breathing while snorkeling. A basic snorkel is a curved open tube that allows you to put your face in the water and still breath the fresh air above. This works perfectly fine for surface…

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