USA, Hawaiian Islands – In the Middle of the Pacific VII
Let’s begin in the Honolulu Zoo . The Zoo is in the Kapiolani palace, the largest and oldest public park on the islands. It covers an area of 1,2 km2. There are basketball and tennis courts American football or soccer fields and even archery. Once you go through there you would probably notice many runners and maybe you arrive in the time of the Honolulu Marathon.
The Zoo was opened in 1877. This project initiated by King David Kalākauo was almost closed during the Great Deprssion due to lack of many. Today you can see there over 1 200 animals – dozens of mammals including endangered species like black rhino, cheetah, or Asian elephant or chimpanzee. There are also many birds and reptiles (including the Nile crocodile).
600 hundred thousand people visit it every year. The most popular Zoo in the Czech Republic (Prague Zoo) sees twice as many people each year.
However there are not any aquariums in the Honolulu zoo. To see that we recommend you Waikiki Aquarium. It is the United States’ second oldest aquarium. It costs 12 dollars to enter. You will see many sea animals (turtles, seals, exotic fish) and beautiful corral reefs as well.
If you visit the Waikiki Aquarium’s website you can click on a web camera showing the hide of the Hawaiian seal.
For a short trip into the nature visit Diamond Head which is left of a large volcano which exploded 200 thousand years ago. Diamond Head is a national natural sight today. You can see it at almost every photo of Oahu or Honolulu.
Unfortunately, only a small section of the volcano is accessible for the public. The trail up takes about one and half hour and is about 1 kilometer long. The view is splendid.
Once we are in Honolulu, we shouldn’t miss the famous Waikiki beach. However, how it looks in reality is faraway from the ideal image of this place. There are much better beaches on Oahu. Waikiki is overcrowded and noisy. On the other hand, it is an iconic place where is always something interesting happening.
To be continued...
GPS: (Honolulu zoo) 21°16'15.9"N 157°49'16.0"W
Text: Maxim Kucer
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