I was finally able to understand the new online reservation system to book appointments to visit Hanauma Bay. I was also able to figure out the way to achieve parking...and it was an achievement!
I won't bore you with the whole long story, but the bottom line is that on Saturday, I was the first to park in the parking lot.
The tide was low, so there were many places I couldn't visit. Sadly, that didn't stop some people from walking on the reef, even though the safety/orientation video forbade that!!! Sometimes, people just won't learn.My first surprise while awaiting entry was a Fairy Tern! These birds are quite rare these days, so it was nice to see one flying over, even if I wasn't able to get a closeup shot.
Part of the line of illegally parked cars awaiting entry. I was able to zoom around these and get in first.
But also showing the lack of people on the beach! My favorite way.Can we even see the needlefish? They hang up near the surface of the water, so it's a good trick to get the correct angle.
I love the oval butterflyfish. They pick stuff off the reef, so I had a hard time seeing one from the side to get a really good shot.
My old pal, the Abudefduf. I still love saying that name!
There was a group of 7 of these Humu, but they were zooming around so I couldn't get all in one photo.
Lined Trevally. I like these. You can see the water was not the clearest.
This type of fish, the Yellow Fin Surgeon, was the first fish I saw many years ago in Lydgate Park on Kauai. So pretty. If the sun hits them just right, you can see a wonderful pattern on their sides.
Picasso Trigger. Love those stripes and colors!
And Black Durgon! I was very happy to see these, as you normally have to go outside the reef to spot them (deeper water). With these also, if you get the direct sun on them, they have wonderful patterns on their skin.
Big Eye Emperor. I really love seeing these shy fish. They hang out in deeper parts.
Another great find: the Lei Trigger. Same family as the Humu, these subtle patterns and colors are really pretty.
A bit more showy, the Parrotfish displayed all its pretty colors.
Yellow Fin Surgeon (Palani) and the Convict Tang (Manini)
On the first day back, I didn't see any Cornet Fish, but yesterday, found a couple.
And as a commemorative of the first returning swim, I bought an Octopus T-shirt! A great find and the only octopus spotted at the Bay.
A little white shell hiding in the coral and a small Pencil Urchin
A Mantis Shrimp. I haven't see the prettily colored ones that are present in other areas of the world, but this one probably also has the ability to snap you like a bullet!Yesterday, I walked up above the outer part of the bay and got a different view of it.
Didn't see whales, but was reminded how big that ocean is.