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Snorkeling tour Oahu Hawaii

Oahu snorkeling tour
Oahu snorkeling tour

This is one of the my favorite fish Taape in Hawaiian it’s blueline snapper.
They are scuba diver’s favorite fish too. They usually 100-200 school like this picture. Big eyes and cute face.
At Hanauma bay blueline snapper is swimming itself. I assume they feel so safe at Hanauma bay that’s why they don’t have to have school. Also eel at Hanauma bay, they are sometimes “swimming” I mean, i have been diving in more than 15 years I haven’t seen swimming eel that much in other area. Usually the eel stays hide in the small space, sticking his only head out, looking for food or just hanging out there. Again this is also they feel so safe in Hanauma bay??

Anyway I was told by local people here in Hawaii blueline snapper can be good for sashimi. I was like REALLY? They are too cute to eat! but I want to try one day.

Blueline snapper is not indigenous fish in Hawaii. They are intentionally introduced to Hawaii from French Polynesia about 40 years ago. It has adapted quickly and successfully in Hawaii

There is also you can probably see ENDEMIC HAWAIIAN FISHES such as Hawaiian Mamo-hawaiian sergeant fish, lau wiliwili-Lemon Butterflyfish, ‘āwela-Hawaiian Xmas wrasse, kīkākapu-Bluelined Butterflyfish.

Come join our Guided snorkeling tour-discover west Oahu We will take you amazing underwater world in Hawaii.

Don’t forget you may snorkeling with sea turtles too!

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West Oahu great snorkeling at Pokai bay

I cannot believe what i saw today during snorkeling with Hawaii Real Nature west Oahu tour at pokai bay west Oahu! it’s Hawksbill sea turtle which is Critically Endangered.

Hawaii turtle
Hawaii turtle

Hawaiian word, honu ʻea

This is first time I have seen in 20 years my diving history.  In Hawaii, we usually meet the Hawaiian green sea turtles. Some of them are friendly, some of them are very shy. Please, even you find friendly sea turtle don’t touch the sea turtle that is prohibited. Like what would you do or feel if while you are relaxing on the beach and bunch of stranger come up to you start touching you. Would you like that that happen? Sma as the turtle, some of them they don’t mind to be staring, some of them don’t like it so please KOKUA (respect) the wildlife. Do not bother them, do not chase them.

Hawaii turtles
Hawaii turtles

Hawksbill turtles are found throughout the tropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. They avoid deep waters, preferring coastlines where sponges are abundant and sandy nesting sites are within reach.

Not particularly large compared with other sea turtles, hawksbills grow up to about 45 inches (114 centimeters) in shell length and 150 pounds (68 kilograms) in weight. While young, their carapace, or upper shell, is heart-shaped, and as they mature it elongates. Their strikingly colored carapace is serrated and has overlapping scutes, or thick bony plates. Their tapered heads end in a sharp point resembling a bird’s beak, hence their name. A further distinctive feature is a pair of claws adorning each flipper. Male hawksbills have longer claws, thicker tails, and somewhat brighter coloring than females.

Like many sea turtles, hawksbills are a critically endangered species due mostly to human impact. Hawksbill eggs are still eaten around the world despite the turtle’s international protected status, and they are often killed for their flesh and their stunning shells. These graceful sea turtles are also threatened by accidental capture in fishing nets.

From National Geographic

Hawaii Real Nature-Snorkeling adventure take you to the right spot to for everyone can enjoy safely snorkeling but we are not only for water activity. We stop several Hawaiian sacred, historic places and talk about Hawaiian legend. see Hawaii Real Nature-West Oahu Tour

Naupaka the Hawaiian legend

Naupaka, Hawaiian legend
Naupaka, Hawaiian legend

There is several legend about this flower NAUPAKA.

This is one of them.

There was a beautiful Hawaiian princess Naupaka.

One day, her friends noticed that Naupaka looked very sad. They wanted help her and asked what was wrong with you?.

“I have fallen in love with a man named Kaui but Kaui is not of noble birth—he is a commoner.” According to Hawaiian tradition, it was strictly forbidden for members of royalty to marry people from the common ranks.

Distressed, Naupaka and Kaui traveled long and far, seeking a solution to their dilemma. They climbed up a mountain to see a kahuna who was staying at a heiau (temple). Alas, he had no clear answer for the young lovers. “There is nothing I can do,” he told them, “but you should pray. Pray at this heiau.”

So they did. And as they prayed, rain began to fall. Their hearts torn by sorrow, Naupaka and Kaui embraced for a final time. Then Naupaka took a flower from her ear and tore it in half, giving one half to Kaui. “The gods won’t allow us to be together,” she said. “You go live down by the water, while I will stay up here in the mountains.”

As the two lovers separated, the naupaka plants that grew nearby saw how sad they were. The very next day, they began to bloom in only half flowers.

Would you like to hear more Hawaiian legend? We are only one tour goes to west Oahu on land tour. Best things to do in Oahu! Please read our review on tripadvisor. Some of the reviews make me cry! (in good way)

www.hawaiirealnature.com

Never been to snorkeling? no problem we can help. Most of our guests have never been snorkeling before but please read our review! yes we are here for help to share this beautiful Ocean underwater!

We can pick up at Ko Olina area too! Please don’t hesitate to contact us. Any questions, concern!

Mahalo nui loa.

Chief guide Akima