Hawaii is full of beauty and that includes the beautiful wildlife we have here! We are blessed to have an abundance of ocean life, many tropical and marine birds, and some awesome marine mammals, all of which can be viewed in their natural habitat by visitors to Oahu. Hawaii’s people, since ancient times, have respected and protected the wildlife of Hawaii, and that tradition continues today. Oahu has beaches and reefs that are part of a marine conservation zone, and there are environmental preserves in certain parts of Oahu to protect nesting sites and habitats of its many birds. In some instances, it is the animal itself that is protected no matter where it is found, such as the Hawaiian Sea Turtle and Monk Seal, and the Humpback Whale. The wonderful thing about this, for visitors, is that, in some of these protected areas, visitors can enjoy Hawaii’s wildlife up-close and personal! You can snorkel in Hanauma Bay, or Sharks Cove, and see a vast array of colorful fish and sea creatures that inhabit our coral reefs, or you can traipse out at low tide to see nesting sites of seabirds on the offshore island called Chinaman’s Hat. You can hike through the Kaena Point Preserve, or up into Waimea Valley, to see some of the many tropical and seabirds who make their home in Hawaii, or take a boat trip out to where spinner dolphins romp and play. Lots of endangered sea turtles and an occasional monk seal can be seen at Turtle Bay. If you are visiting during the winter months of November to March, you can take a whale watching excursion to view the majestic Humpback Whales. Seek Spot by Be Our Guest Directory has Maps to help you find locations mentioned above, and you can check the Land or Sea activities to find snorkeling tours, charter boats, and other options for viewing the awesome and abundant wildlife of Oahu. Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy all Oahu has to offer, including up close encounters with its wildlife!