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I had been to Hanauma Bay once before, in October 2007. On this first visit, I was totally amazed by the quantity, size, and beauty of the fish. I even saw two sea turtles, which was my first wild sea turtle encounter.

In March 2009 I decided to return to Hanauma Bay to take Ruben on his first snorkeling adventure. The fish were equally as grand as my previous trip, and I saw some species I hadn’t seen there before. However, we saw no sea turtles this time. The water conditions were a bit choppy, with large currents and fast winds. This stirred up some debris in the water, which is visible in the photos.

This is a fantastic snorkeling spot for viewing fish, however, there is a lack of healthy coral due to large numbers of human visitors. The reef and beach are located in a sunken volcanic crater, which makes for a very picturesque backdrop whether you are snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach.

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