Shark’s Cove: North Shore’s Popular Snorkeling Spot

Located on Oahu’s North Shore and across the street from the Foodland in Pupukea, Shark’s Cove is a popular snorkel spot amongst beach-going locals. When viewed from above, it is said that cove’s reef resembles a shark, or mano, an important aumakua (family god) to ancient Hawaiians. Snorkel here during summer, when the ocean is calm and clear. The marine life is plentiful, so keep an eye out for the honu (Hawaiian sea turtle) and try to spot Hawaii’s state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua`a…say that five times fast.

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Turtle Spotting at an Abandoned Beach on the North Shore

While most people spent Memorial Day Weekend with family and friends at one of many crowded Hawaii beaches, Exploration: Hawaii decided to get away from it all and headed to a rarely used beach on the North Shore. After parking our car, Joel and I walked about a mile into this abandoned beach and looked for the perfect spot to swim for turtles. We found an area tucked between some coral and set up our beach mats. Almost instantly, we saw a couple of turtles swim near the shore. Joel pointed out the turtles and I quickly grabbed my GoPro HERO3: Black Edition and Bobber by GoPole and gave it to him. He then ran into the water and snapped these photos. These were taken with the first five minutes of setting up our beach mats. We then spent the next few hours swimming with more turtles than we could keep count of. Pretty amazing, indeed.

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Kealakekua Bay: A Historic Bay on the Big Island’s Kona Coast

I’ll never complain about the walk down to Hanauma Bay and back up to the parking lot ever again. I promise. And I can blame the Kealakekua Bay hike for that. Think of the Kealakekua Bay trail as a reverse hike. Most trails involves a steady increase in elevation, followed by a rewarding view, and then finishing with a downhill climb back to civilization. The Kealakekua Bay trail is the complete opposite. This trail starts with a nice and steady decrease in elevation, for roughly two miles. You are then rewarded with the stunning cliffside views and inviting waters of Kealakekua Bay. On the way way back to civilization, though, is where the cardiovascular work begins. It’s a two mile upward climb from the bay and back to your car. Imagine that climb up from Haunama Bay, but lasting for 2 hours instead of 5 minutes. If you can do Koko Crater in 30 minutes then you can expect a climb up that is about four times that length. If that sounds okay to you then you’ll be awarded with one of the most pristine snorkeling spots on the island in one of the most historic bays in Hawaii.

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Turtle Spotting at Japanese Beach on the North Shore

A few weeks ago I had the chance to attend a going away beach party at Japanese Beach on the North Shore. The beach party was great, but the underwater party was even better. I brought along my snorkeling gear and GoPro and decided to do some exploring. What we discovered was beyond what we expected. We thought that we would see one, maybe two, turtles if we were lucky. We were more than lucky on this day.

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Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay on Memorial Day 2012

To me, holidays are all about fun, food, and friends. Memorial Day 2012 was no exception. A handful of close friends and I made our way to the most popular snorkeling spot on the island of Oahu – Hanauma Bay. The bay is the neighbor to what a friend of mine has called “The Stairway to Hell.” That stairway being the tracks at Koko Crater. As we were driving to Hanauma, we noticed that a lot of people were climbing up and down the Koko Crater tracks. From a distance, the little humans specks could be seen making their way to the top of the crater. Hanauma Bay was busy as well. Fortunately for us, security re-opened the gates to the parking just as we approached the entrance and quickly closed the entrance off not too long after we entered. Yes, our hunt for fish was on.

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