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Tunnels beach, Kauai


Intro

Kauai is a great place to go on vacation. It is called the garden Isle. It is the oldest of the main Hawaiian islands. It has an area of 552.3 square miles. It is the fourth largest island. it is also the twenty first island in the U.S.A. Kauai lies 105 miles across the Kauai channel, northwest of O'ahu. From the 2000 census, the population is 58,303.

Kauai is a place as close to the Garden of Eden as one can find. Perhaps the sculptural masterpiece is the Na Pali Coast accessible only by boat, helicopter or foot. Here the scenery is magnificent. The only things that can compare to the natural beauty of this island is the beauty of the people of Kaua'i with their genuine friendliness and spirit of Aloha and the beach, Tunnels.

Tunnels beach is also known as Makua Beach. It is one of Kauai's most exciting spots for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. It has a large lagoon and it has a reef that gets protection from the surf. The reef is so big, you can see it from space! Divers say it got it's name because of all the
tunnels and arches in the reef. Snorkelers and scuba divers love to explore the inner reef that often have fish or other sea life. Divers like the outer reef because of it's tunnels and caverns. Surfers and body boarders love this beach for those perfect waves. Also wind-surfers like this beach too. The reefs provide enough protection that Tunnels beach is usually calm enough for first time snorkelers. In the winter though, this beach gets really unsafe. Also snorkelers have ruined the reef by stepping on it. Please go on the sand before you dive in.

Snorkeling/Scuba diving


Tunnels beach has a great reef with lots of fish . It is one of the best snorkeling places on the Hawaiian Islands. It has a huge reef that is 1/2 of a mile long. The best fish are at the drop off.

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Sea life

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Some of the life that you can find there are: the the adult emperor angelfish,clown fish, blue-lined butterflyfish,parrot-fish,Humuhumu-nukunuku-apua'a,pacific butterfly fish,shrimp, octopuses,sea turtles,eels,and a whole bunch more.

A sea turtle has a hard shell to protect it's self. It has big flippers to help it swim fast if a predator was coming. Octopuses have ink that they squirt if they are in danger. It does not stain and it does not hurt you. The humuhumunukunukuapua'a is Hawaii's state fish. It is also named,Reef Trigger-fish. You can tell what it is by the stripe that divides the color.

Reef Fish
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Cautions



It is hard to get a spot, so get there early. You will be able to see lots of fish so bring lots of snorkeling/scuba diving stuff for all of your family. You might want to bring an underwater camera because you will want to take lots of pictures. If you go early you will see lots of fish that you wouldn't see in the afternoon. If you are surfing you have to go far out into the water and it is not good for beginners and intermediate surfers.



Surfing

If you want to go surfing, the best waves are in the morning. You have to go far out where it is thirty + feet deep. If you do not see anybody surfing, then don't go out. there. DO NOT SURF THERE IF YOU ARE A BEGINNER OR INTERMEDIATE SURFER!


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Resources


http://www.hawaiiweb.com/html/kauai.html http://www.kauaiexplorer.com/kauai_beaches/tunnels_beach.php http://www.hawaiiweb.com/kauai/beaches/TunnelsBeach.htm http://www.djhome.net/kauai/beaches/Tunnels.htm http://www.igougo.com/attractions-reviews-b91959-Kauai-Tunnels_Beach.html http://www.hawaiigaga.com/kauai/beaches/tunnels-beach.aspx http://www.kauaivacationsecrets.com/tunnels-beach/ http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&safe=active&ie=UTF8&q=videos+of+tunnels+beach+kauai&fb=1&split=1&gl=us&view=text&ei=sS_SSYmjHo6ANoDZ_JsK&cd=1&sll=22.051482,-159.447782&sspn=0.415847,0.283795&latlng=22224752,-159560410,17422096298445245606&dtab=5&oi=md_photos&sa=XCoral Reef By:Barbara Taylor Under the Sea Angela wilkes Coral reef by Caroline Bingham Knight reef by William Sargent








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