If you are visiting the Coromandel and want to go to Kaneana Cave, you have made a good choice. This is one of the most exciting experiences you can have in New Zealand for all the family. Unscrupulous businessmen have tried to open this sacred cave for commercial purposes, however, to preserve the archaeological remains and stop tourists from getting into the cave illegally. However, the management has recently allowed a small team of divers to explore the cave on four occasions between June and September this year.
Many Chambers With Different Levels And A Ceiling
The cave has many chambers with different levels and a ceiling that is thirty feet above the floor. To get to the top of the cave, you need to ascend several hundred feet through a series of stairs made from pillars. Walking down the stairs gives you the feel of walking on a large terrace as you look out over the sea. At the bottom of the stairs is a massive drop into a series of shark-infested manholes called pitons. Unscrupulous businessmen have tried to use pitons to plunge visitors into the banana caves to take pictures of the incredible light blue waters.
The northern and western sides of the banana cave system are the most beautiful places to walk. On your way to the upper cave, take the path to the West Side. In particular, take this trail to see some spectacular views of the surfacing and islands in Oahu. Further on your west side journey, you will come across two trails – the West Shore Trail and the Kapueokahi Trail that lead to Upper Cave, the deepest part of the cave system.
Upper Cave – Kaneana Cave (Makua Cave)
You will also want to check out Upper Cave. The entrance to the cave is on the western side of the banana cave system, at the very end of the white-caped opening. The cave system was created over 150,000 years ago when a volcano erupted on the ocean floor off Oahu. When the lava cooled, it hardened into solid rock. Once it dried up, it became a place of natural beauty. Today, you can marvel at the artistry of the lava flows and formations on the mountainside as well as observe the movement of the waves crashing against the shoreline.
After visiting the banana cave, make your way back to the East Side by heading straight for the parking lot. Wait for the ranger to arrive and then proceed inside the cave. To get to the uppermost portions of the caves, there are two trails that lead to the West Side and the Upper Cave. Once inside the upper portion of the cave, be prepared to do some walking and look around in case you see any primitive religious ceremonies taking place.
Short Distance Away From The Parking Lot
Just a short distance away from the parking lot, you will encounter another great site – the makua cave. This is located not too far from the park’s East Side. If you want to have a closer look at the manatee activity in the area, you should visit the manatee enclosure. This enclosure houses the only remaining population of the great white shark. Unfortunately, there is no photography permitted inside the manatee enclosure because it is protected by law, so you will have to look elsewhere.
If you want to learn more about the spiritual connection that exists between the ocean and nature, you should continue to the West Side. The manatee enclosure is also home to the Makua Cave. The manatee population died out around this time because they were being threatened by large sharks. This is believed to be the reason that the ancient peoples of Oahu were able to create such beautiful caves.
On your way back to the East Side, make your way to the entrance of the banana cave. You will be greeted by a kiosk that serves as an entry to the park. Here, you will see the stone Buddha sitting on top of a large boulder. The boulder is also where you can see the first human body washed into the Hawaiian seafloor by an ocean tsunami around 200 years ago. Today, you will witness the miracle of life that abounds at the base of the world-renowned “Big Island.”