Obama, Turtles, and Hanauma Bay: Tying It Together on a Tour

In December 2011, the Obama family took a holiday vacation to Hawaii. While visiting Sea Life Park, the Obamas (minus Michelle) pardoned four green sea turtles at Hanauma Bay, located nearby. Let’s take a look at three ways to experience Hawaii and discover a trio of attractions not unlike the Obama’s vacation.

Green Sea Turtles

Sea Life Park is the only place in the entire country that raises green sea turtles in captivity. For nearly four decades, nearly 12,000 green sea turtles have been released into the wild thanks to the Sea Life Park program, which partners with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The four turtles that the Obamas released were 18 months old and tagged with unique IDs. If you’re taking a tour of Oahu and want to see green sea turtles, Sea Life Park may not be your best bet. In fact, one of the best places to see turtles on Oahu is Laniakea Beach, a North Shore beach where turtles love to hang out. If you take one of our Oahu circle island tours, there’s a chance that you’ll see one of these magnificent creatures sunbathing!

Hanauma Bay

One of Oahu’s most popular beaches is Hanauma Bay, where thousands of visitors come to swim, snorkel, and enjoy a day of fun in the sun. The bay is home to unique Hawaiian tropical fish and coral reefs. In fact, if you go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, you might see a turtle or two swimming by!

Obama landmarks

On our historic Honolulu tours, which include sightseeing of the Kamehameha Statue, Iolani Palace, and Kawaiahao Church, we often pass by Obama landmarks like nearby Punahou School or the Baskin-Robbins where President Barack Obama had a summer job as a youth.

Which tour should you take?

Right now, our Circle Island Tour with Pearl Harbor is a great choice! Visit the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the USS Arizona Memorial, the North Shore, Pali Lookout, Hanauma By and many more sights!Learn more about Oahu with our Hawaii Travel Guide!

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