One of the coolest things to do in Hawaii is snorkeling in a pristine bay at the southern coast of Oahu, called Hanauma Bay.  This is a great way to get away from the tourist masses of Honolulu and Waikiki (that is, if they don’t follow you there, as it can get crowded).  Hanauma Bay is about a 20 minute drive south of Waikiki, or a 45 minute bus ride.  Before entering the water, several locals told me that one of the highlights of snorkeling here is encountering the turtles in the bay.  If you swim around for a while, maybe, just maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll see a turtle, so they say.  I’d been in the water for about five minutes and then…this guy came out of nowhere and swam right up to me.  Pardon the water mark on the close up picture of the turtle, underwater photography takes time!  Anyway, add this to your list of things to do when in Honolulu.  Click the turtle link for the Oscar-winning movie of the turtle.TurtleThis is Hanauma BayUp Close and Personal with Mr. TurtleHangin Out in Hanauma Bay