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The beautiful Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay was recommended to us by many people for snorkelling but as we had Chhori with us we decided that we will go there and just swim but not snorkel.

The bay opens in winter from 6am to 6pm and in summer from 6am to 7pm except Tuesdays. But when the carpark is full you will not be allowed in. There is also an Entry Fee of $7.50 per person and Car parking fee of $1 per car.

The drive there was beautiful from Waikiki as you could see the beautiful blue sea along the coast.

As we planned to stay at the bay for the whole day, we thought it would be a good idea to have breakfast and go there but it turned out to be a mistake. When we reached there around 11 am, the car park was already full and we were not allowed in. Most recommend getting there the first thing in the morning when they open and we realised why.

So we went a little further along the road and parked at a scenic view point for a while. We didn’t know what to do as we have driven so far so we decided to go back and try again and to our surprise it was open. So if it is closed for you when you get there, you can drive around and go back again a little later as the car park does open as people leave.

Once we went inside, parked and bought the tickets, everyone had to join a queue to go watch a 9 minutes compulsory video. It just let us know what to expect, important rules and what not to do while swimming and snorkelling at the bay. Some of the important points are that it is against the law to touch the turtles and do not touch the fish, rocks or coral.

By the time we finished all that, we were very hungry so we decide to go the café there for a quick lunch. We had burger and chips and rested for a while. The food was OK.

When we were ready to go, we realised that it is a fairly steep walk down to the bay so we decided to buy tram tickets ($1.25 down; $1.25 up; $2.5 all day) which was worth it, especially when we were coming up after a long day of swimming. Some people prefer to walk down but catch the tram to come up after all the swimming.

Once we were at the bay, I could see why people recommend it so much. It looks beautiful with the blue water and the volcanic hill at the back. People were snorkelling and swimming everywhere.

We just grabbed a spot near the beach and went into the water. It was beautiful day as it was sunny and warm.

Chhori decided to sit and play with the sand so one of us stayed with her while the others went into the water to swim. As it is a small bay, it was not rough so we swam and enjoyed the amazing view.

Once we got too tired, we went and had a shower. There are showers, changing and restroom facilities. Then we caught the tram up to the top.

Overall we had a great time at Hanauma Bay. If you are planning to go there, do try to get there early. Don’t forget to bring your sun screen and towels. You can rent snorkelling gears there or bring your own.

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Have you been at Hanauma Bay? Do share your experiences?

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Trip to Dole Planation

One of our friends who lives in Hawaii recommended that we go and visit the Dole Plantation as it is the second most-visited tourist attraction in the state of Hawaii. The plantation is located near Wahiawa in the central part of the island of Oahu which is on the North side of Hawaii.

We have been told that it originally operated as a fruit stand beginning in 1950 and the Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaii’s “Pineapple Experience” in 1989. Today, they state that the Dole Plantation is one of Oahu’s most popular visitor attractions and welcomes more than one million visitors a year.

So we started our day after breakfast. We went there with two of our friends and their daughter.

It took us around 45 minutes to get there and it was a pleasant drive. It looked really busy as parking was almost full and we could see many tourist buses. At the front of the building there is a big sign and also on the front lawn they used different plants to spell out DOLE. As tourists do, we took some photos in front of the building.

From there we went inside through the gift shop and joined a long queue to purchase their famous Dole Whip.  Dole Whip is a pineapple-flavored soft serve and it is served many different ways – in a cup, in a cone, with cherry or pineapple topping, or floating in a glass of fresh pineapple juice.

We decided to buy the kids their own ice-cream which was a big mistake as the serving was so big that not even the adults finished their ice-cream. I thought one serve would easily feed 3 adults but then I could see people around us who were eating bigger serves than ours.

After the ice-creams we decide to go on their most popular attraction, a 20-minute train ride aboard the Pineapple Express. Tickets are $10.50 per adult and $8.50 for children ages 4-12.  Children under 4 are free.

We waited around 10 minutes in the queue for our turn. Once on board, the train took us through two miles of plantation scenery while a recorded voice narrates the history of Dole and provides information about many tropical fruits and plants.

As we travelled slowly through the plantation, we could not only see the pineapple plantation but we saw the equipment used to harvest pineapples, as well as other products grown at Dole Plantation, such as coffee, lime, lemon, bananas, sugar cane etc.

Chhori really liked the train and when another train passed us, she got really excited.

As we got closer to the end place, Chhori fell asleep on my arms. So we skipped the tour of the gardens and the maze.

There was also a nice pond with lots of Koi fish where you could get fish food to feed them.

On our way out, we passed through the gift shop where I could see lots of souvenir, food products, jewelry, accessories, clothing, toys etc.

Overall, we liked our trip to Dole and I recommend the trip if you have half day while you are in Hawaii.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO