Insiders know that Waikiki and Honolulu have become quite
seedy and commercialized, but there are still some fun things to do on Oahu.
Oahu insider tips
Independent golf tips for the professional at Leisure
- Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay
- Kaneohe sandbar
There is lots more
to do in Oahu, but for now, here are details on these two fun and easy Oahu
Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay is legendary, a shallow Bay with zillions of
colorful fish, like swimming in a salt water aquarium. In the old days, we
would buy bags of frozen peas to feed the fish, who will eat right from your
Hanauma Bay is one of the
world's best snorkeling spots for feeding fish
Today, however, frozen peas are now prohibited, but you can
use “trout chow” to feed the fish at Hanauma bay. Hanauma Bay is just a 10
minute ride from Waikiki beach, and it's fun to rent a scooter for the short
ride to the bay. Here is what to expert, a snorkeling paradise:
The Sandbar at Kaneohe
We were hosted by Byron Bush,
his wife Lisa, and their adorable kids, son Hague and daughter Sagel, nice folks
who know the real meaning of hospitality.
"The Sandbar" is a natural
shallow at the mouth of Kaneohe Bay, nearly a mile away from the inner harbor.
Since Lisa is
an Army physician, we got access to the Marine base and Byron showed us all of
the amazing splendor. Natural beauty is almost unheard-of on most Marine bases!
Here is a shot of me and Lisa:
I grew-up as an
Army brat, and I always remembered how friendly the GI's are. It was refreshing
to see that nothing has changed, and Byron and family welcomed us with open
One of the great benefits of serving in the armed
forces is the cheap recreation, and Byron and Lisa rented a cool pontoon boat
for a tour of the harbor.
From the boat in Kaneohe bay we also got a great view of
Coconut Island, the
filming location for the 1960’s hit comedy “Gilligan’s Island” The Sandbar is in
the upper-left of this photo.
decided to try-out the snorkeling.
Me, I just walked
about in the shallows and take-in the amazing scenery.
The water was
crawling with sea critters and you didn't really need a snorkel to see them.
A Picnic in the Ocean!
The water gets shallow right at the entrance to Kaneohe bay, and "The
Sandbar" is shallow enough for picnic's in the sea! People set-up tents, deck
chairs and charcoal grills, right-out in the open ocean:
Byron's Mom came
along for a walk in the warm shallow water:
The scenery at the
sandbar is amazing because it is at an area where the mountains meet the shore.
We cannot wait
to come-back and we will always remember our wonderful day at the Sandbar and
the hospitality of Lisa and Byron Bush.