Sharks Cove is a summertime only snorkeling destination. In the winter, waves similar to those found at nearby Waimea Bay pummel this Bay as well. Climbing down to the water from the parking area and even into the water, we were glad we had water shoes to protect our feet at the rocky entrance. During our snorkel at the park, we saw the largest variety of tropical fish that we have ever had the opportunity to snorkel with. The water quickly goes to between 8-15 feet in depth with the bottom being primarily smooth boulders with some coral heads. Scuba divers are also attracted to the Bay for its underwater caves and tunnels. The reef is located next to the shore so there is easy access to this wonderful snorkeling area. In spite of its name, sharks are not common in the cove; and when they are seen, it is the non-aggressive white tip shark.
Ted’s Bakery at nearby Sunset Beach is known foremost for their chocolate coconut pie. We started by sharing an order of Hawaiian BBQ chicken and finished the meal with the pie. The pie lived up to all the hype, if you’re on the North Shore, this is a must do.
Upon our return to Waikiki, we were told about the “biggest ever” firework show to take place that evening. Walking down to the beach, we saw a beautiful full moon rising with Diamond Head in the background. This was, undoubtedly, the ultimate firework experience.
|From Nu'uanu Pali Lookout|
|Kailua Beach Park|
At Cinnamon’s Restaurant, I indulged in a traditional Hawaiian dish of shredded pork along with laulau (taro leaves wrapped around pork and butterfish) served with rice. Alan was a little less adventurous and enjoyed their Eggs Benedict.
After being fortified, we headed to the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens.
The ending to another beautiful day in paradise. Tomorrow a new adventure.
|Seen at Pali Lookout|
|From Pali Lookout|
|Sexy Pink Heliconia|
|Endangered Hawaiian Coot|
|Lookout at the Botanical Gardens|
|From the Brazilian Nut Family|