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Travel Blog #127 - Snorkeling at the Kaneohe Sandbar with Captain Bob

Many people that visit Oahu leave the island thinking that the entire thing is covered in a dense urban sprawl, similar to what is found in Honolulu. However, for those that are daring enough to explore what lies outside of the city there are some amazing sites that are actually very close and easy to access. One of these places is called the "Sandbar", it is located in the middle of the Kaneohe Bay on Oahu's East side.

The Kaneohe Sandbar is situated in the middle of Kaneohe Bay. The area is generally very calm, and depending on the tides can be anywhere between ankle and knee deep. Today we met up with Captain Bob's Snorkeling to do a trip out to the sandbar to do some snorkeling, BBQ and beach volleyball in the shallow water.

It was not less then one minute from when we stepped outside of the Ala Moana Hotel onto the bus terminal that the bus showed up to take us over to Kaneohe for Captain Bob's Snorkeling tour. Once onboard we were entertained by the first mate with different jokes and facts about the various places that we passed on the way to the boat harbor.

We had a BBQ lunch.

Once we arrived at the harbor we got off the bus and made a short walk to the end of the pier where the boat was waiting for us. After the whole group made it onboard there was a short safety briefing before the captain turned over the motors and gently guided the boat out of the harbor and into the bay.

On the way out to the sandbar one of the female crew members gave a snorkeling tutorial on the front of the boat, while the other crew member served drinks in the back. As soon as we made it to the sandbar the captain parked the front of the boat in the shallow sand and then dropped the ladder in front of the boat for us to make our way down to explore the large shallow water sandbar. We decided to refill our drinks before we waded out on the sand to see what we could see.

We got out probably about two or three hundred feet from the boat before we turned around to circle back towards the boat. I was quite surprised to see that in the short time it took for us to walk away from the boat the crew had already set up the volleyball court. Before we got back to the boat the first game was already in progress. Shortly after, the aroma of the BBQ began to make it's way towards us and it wasn't long before we felt obligated to seek out the source of the smell for further investigation.

The crewman manning the BBQ was doing a great job cooking up the burgers and keeping the serving line moving quickly. Once we were served our food we made our way back to the front of the boat to enjoy our meals under the warm rays of the sun. After everyone had finished their meals the Captain raised the ladder on the front of the boat and turned the engines over to begin the short journey to our morning snorkel destination.

Within about 5 minutes we had reached the reef that we were going snorkel at. Before we even had a chance to make it into the water we saw a family of turtles swim by the front of the boat. Within about 2 minutes of being in the water we had already seen 3 more, as well as a great deal of fish. We had enough time here to snorkel completely around the reef and by the time we got back on the boat I was pretty confident that we had seen most of what there was to see in the area.

Before the Captain began the trip back to the harbor I made my way back to the bar where I ordered another round of cold ones and then settled out the days tab with the bartender. I remember as I was sitting on the front of the boat talking with guest and enjoying the beautiful views of the giant green cliffs of the windward side of Oahu when I had one of those introspective moments where I couldn't help but think to myself....... "How could life get much better than this?"

We had a great time on Captain Bob's!

Travel Blog - Articles #120 to #129

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Until I got to experience a ride on a glider for myself I had no idea how cool these machines are. When to tow line dropped and we were on our own we really were quietly coasting through the air like a bird.


In 1904 a man named John Hind began construction on an aqueduct in the rain forest on the North end of the Big Island in a region known as Kohala. When it was completed in 1906 it provided enough water to farm over 13,000 acres of sugar cane.


The Mokuleia Islands (commonly referred to by locals as "The Mokes") off the eastern shoreline of Oahu are one of the most picturesque locations in the state.


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I remember really wanting to be a fisherman when I was small then getting bored of it when I realized that the shore fishing does not have the same amount of action as you get when you go out on the deep sea.


Sea life park is an aquarium center that is similar to Sea World, but on a much smaller scale. Here there are many things to see and do including: penguins, seals, turtles, all kinds of fish, and a large pool where you can swim and interact with dolphins.


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Snorkeling is the most popular vacation activity in Hawaii. We offer snorkel trips from sailboats, large powerboats and even small zodiac rafts. We've got blog articles about our trips aboard all types of boats on all the major islands and if you're thinking about doing a snorkeling excursion during your stay we encourage you to check out our blog articles and videos to get a better idea of what our trips are like.


Are you looking to do something a bit out of the ordinary during this trip to Hawaii? If so you're in luck! We have all kinds of different activities that are a bit unique, so if you're looking to come back home with some different kinds of stories to share with your friends then you should check out some of are blog articles we've written about some of the more "Unique" trips we've experienced.


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This one is a unique trip! It's a snorkeling cruise, a water adventure and a relaxing day in the beautiful Kaneohe Bay. This event begins with a bus tour from Waikiki via scenic routes.

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