Hawaii Recreation Areas

Looking for awesome outdoor recreation areas in Hawaii? View Hawaii parks and recreation areas below, listed in alphabetical order. Each listing has images, full description, map, directions, activities, phone number, and links to campgrounds and hiking trails within the recreation area.

Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions The island is uninhabited, and entry is by permit only. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel visit Baker about every 2 years, though occasionally scientists and researchers team up to share transportation costs to the island more frequently. From Honolulu, it is only accessible by an 8-day ship voyage. Phone 808-792-9480 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge, 20 miles north of the equator and 1,600 miles southwest of Honolulu, is a nearly level saucer-shaped 405-acre island surrounded by a narrow reef and 30,504 acres of submerged land. Most of the refuge is marine habitat, including extensive coral reefs and other inshore tropical ocean habitats. Uninhabited, it is low,

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Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions The refuge office is located at 60 Nowela Street, Suite 100. Only the Upper Maulua Unit of Hakalau Forest Refuge is open to the public, and only on weekends and holidays for hiking and photography. There are no interpretive signs, bathrooms, trails, or parking lots. Visitors must call the refuge office (808-443-2300) a week before their intended visit to get the combination to a locked gate through which they let themselves in and out. A brochure will be mailed which describes the Maulua Unit, and our public access program plus a general brochure which describes the entire refuge and our management programs. The Upper Maulua Unit can be reached from Hilo or Kona via the Saddle Road (Highway 200): Near the 28-mile marker on the Saddle Road, turn north on the paved Mauna Kea Summit Road and proceed two miles. Turn right (east) across a cattle guard and onto

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Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions Located on the island of Maui, Haleakalā National Park extends from the 10,023 foot (3055m) summit of Haleakalā down the southeast flank of the mountain to the KÄ«pahulu coast near Hana. These two sections of the park are not directly connected by road, but both can be reached from Kahului. There are no gas stations within the park. The last place to get gas in route to the Summit Area is in the town of Pukalani, and along the Hana Highway before Hana is in the town of is in the town of Paia. Phone (808) 572-4400 Activities CAMPING, HIKING, SWIMMING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Haleakala National Park (Cabin Permits) Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Haleakalā National Park Official Website Haleakalā

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Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions To find the refuge office, turn left just after crossing the Hanalei River Bridge onto Ohiki Road and continuing past the Haraguchi Rice Mill to the last buildings on the right. Phone 808-828-1413 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge Encircled by waterfall-draped mountains, the picturesque Hanalei Valley on Kauai’s north shore, harbors the Hanalei Refuge. Established in 1972, it provides essential habitat for endangered Hawaiian water birds, including the koloa maoli (Hawaiian duck), ‘alae ke’oke’o (Hawaiian coot), ‘alae ‘ula (Hawaiian moorhen), and ae’o (Hawaiian stilt).

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Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions Hawai˜i Volcanoes National Park is located on the island of Hawai˜i. From Hilo: 30 miles southwest on Highway 11 (a 45 minute drive); from Kailua-Kona: 96 miles southeast on Highway 11 (2 to 2 1/2 hour drive), or 125 miles through Waimea and Hilo via highways 19 and 11 (2 1/2 to 3 hours). Phone (808) 985-6101 Activities BIKING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, HIKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Official Website Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Map Hawai˜i Volcanoes National Park protects some of the most unique geological, biological, and cultural landscapes in the world. Extending from sea level to the summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet, the park encompasses

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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions Within the 100-fathom isobath in the four-island area of Maui; Penguin Bank, and off the north shore of Kauai, the north and south shores of Oahu, and Kohola coastline off the Big Islands Phone 800-831-4888 Activities BOATING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, VISITOR CENTER, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PHOTOGRAPHY, PADDLING, SWIMMING, DIVING, SNORKELING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Map Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Facebook page Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary No one knows exactly when humpback whales first began wintering in the warm, shallow waters around the Hawaiian Islands. Narrative reports from whalers document the appearance of these majestic giants in Hawaii in the 1840s, but little

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Honouliuli National Historic Site, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions There are currently no directions to the Honouliuli National Historic Site as the monument remains closed to the public due to accessibility issues in the process of being resolved. Phone (808) 725-6149 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Honouliuli National Historic Site Official Website Honouliuli National Historic Site Map Although not yet open to the public, Honouliuli National Historic Site will tell the history of internment, martial law, and the experience of prisoners of war in Hawai˜i during World War II. Honouliuli National Historic Site will be a place to reflect on wartime experiences and recommit ourselves to the pursuit of freedom and justice.

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Huleia National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions To find the refuge office, turn left just after crossing the Hanalei River Bridge onto Ohiki Road and continuing past the Haraguchi Rice Mill to the last buildings on the right. Phone 808-828-1413 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Huleia National Wildlife Refuge Encircled by waterfall-draped mountains, the picturesque Hanalei Valley on Kauai’s north shore, harbors the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. Hawaii’s first National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1972, it provides essential habitat for endangered Hawaiian water birds, including the koloa maoli (Hawaiian duck), ‘alae ke’oke’o (Hawaiian coot), ‘alae ‘ula (Hawaiian moorhen), and ae’o (Hawaiian stilt). Visitation is by special use permit only.

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James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions Public entry into the refuge is prohibited unless authorized by the refuge manager or participating in scheduled tours by refuge staff personnel. The refuge office is located on Oahu’s north shore in Haleiwa at 66-590 Kamehameha Highway. Phone 808) 637-6330 Activities WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge James Campbell Refuge consists of over 160 acres of wetland habitat in two separate wetland units near the community of Kahuku on the northeastern shore of Oahu, Hawaii. This wetland refuge is primarily devoted to the recovery of Hawaii’s four endemic water birds (Hawaiian stilt, Hawaiian moorhen, Hawaiian coot, and Hawaiian duck). All four birds are listed as endangered species due to their precipitous

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Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions The island is uninhabited, and entry is by permit only. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel visit Jarvis about every 2 to 3 years, though occasionally scientists and researchers team up to share high transportation costs to the island. Jarvis is accessible only by ship. Phone 808-792-9480 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge, 18 miles south of the equator and 1,300 miles south of Honolulu, is over 36,400 acres, including 1,100-acre (1.6 square mile) Jarvis Island. The majority of the refuge is marine habitat, including extensive coral reefs and other inshore tropical ocean habitats. Jarvis is an uninhabited low, flat, and sandy; vegetated only by sparse grasses, prostrate

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Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions The island is closed to public access. Phone 808-792-9560 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is located in the central Pacific Ocean, 717 nautical miles west-southwest of Honolulu. The refuge is managed for 14 species of breeding sea birds and 5 species of wintering shorebirds, and for its coral reef and diverse marine organisms, including the threatened green sea turtle. The atoll comprises four small islands (696 acres), which constitute the only land area in over 800,000 square miles of ocean. The emergent land associated with this refuge provides critical, rat-free habitat for central Pacific sea bird populations; its coral reef ecosystem is an important marine resource. The

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Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions Kakahaia Refuge is located along the coastal road (Highway 450) linking the island’s southeast coast with the airport in Kaunakakai. The refuge is located directly seaward of the Kawela subdivision and is about 5 miles from Kaunakakai. As a satellite refuge, Kakahaia is not open to the public except by Special Use Permit; however, parking, picnic tables, and shade trees are located on the ocean side of the road. This park area is open year round. Phone 808-875-1582 Activities WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge Kakahaia Refuge is a coastal freshwater pond, originally used as an artificial fish pond. This 44-acre refuge is situated on the south coast of Moloka’i. Established in

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Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions Kalaupapa is an extremely isolated place, surrounded on three sides by ocean and two-thousand foot cliffs on the fourth. Consequently, there is no road access into the peninsula. Kalaupapa cannot be reached by automobile. To get to the park, visitors must travel by air, mule, or on foot. See the park’s Direction and Transportation webpage for additional information. Phone (808) 567-6802 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Kalaupapa National Historical Park Official Website Kalaupapa National Historical Park Map When Hansen’s disease (leprosy) was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands, King Kamehameha V banished all afflicted to the isolated Kalaupapa peninsula on the north shore of Molokai. Since 1866, more than 8000 people, mostly Hawaiians,

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Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park is located on the west coast of the island of Hawai’i, approximately 3 miles south of the Keahole International Airport and 3 miles north of the town of Kailua-Kona, on the ocean side of Highway 19. The visitor center, Hale Ho’okipa, is located half a mile north of the entrance to Honokohau Harbor. The Kaloko road gate is located across the highway from the Kaloko New Industrial Park (across from the big yellow “Kona Trade Center” building). Phone (808) 329-6881 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park Official Website Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park Map To survive in a hot and arid environment the native Hawaiians (kanaka

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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions The refuge office is located about a mile north of the town of Kihei. Look for the familiar U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service logo (with the dark blue fish and goose) at the entrance, located at milepost 6 of Mokulele Highway (Highway 311). The office is less than 0.5 miles down this road. Parking is limited; groups of more than 20 people please phone ahead. Phone 808-875-1582 Activities INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is one of the few natural wetlands remaining in the Hawaiian Islands. Located along the south central coast of the island of Maui between the towns of Kihei and Ma’alaea,

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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions Turn off the Kuhio Highway at the entrance to the town of Kilauea and follow the signs to Kilauea Lighthouse. The refuge is at the end of Lighthouse Road. Phone 808-828-1413 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, HIKING, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, OBSERVATION SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge’s rocky cliffs provide premier nesting and roosting habitat for seven native Hawaiian seabirds. It is one of the most important seabird nesting sites in the inhabited Hawaiian Islands. Reintroduction of the endangered nene (Hawaiian goose) began on the refuge in 1991 as part of a statewide recovery program. Predator control and a predator proof

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Kingman Reef National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions The reef is closed to the public. Phone 808-792-9560 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Kingman Reef National Wildlife Refuge Kingman Reef is an uninhabited, barren, coral atoll with a deep lagoon 5 miles wide and 9э miles long. Located about 1,000 miles southwest of Honolulu, this triangular reef has a land area of only 0.01 square miles. It became a U.S. naval reservation in 1934. Pan American Airways used the lagoon just before World War II as a station for seaplanes flying between Hawaii and Samoa. Kingman consists of coral reefs and submerged lands. The reef is wet or awash most of the time, with a maximum elevation of about 1 meter. Besides a spectacular diversity of

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Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions Because of Midway Atoll’s remote location in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean, it can only be reached by air, or by sailboats under a special use permit system. For further information please contact the refuge by telephone at 808-674-8237, or by e-mail at [email protected] Phone 808-954-4818 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge Situated midway across the world’s largest ocean, 1,200 miles northwest of Honolulu, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is a place of astonishing beauty. From the air, one sees the surrounding cobalt sea breaking white over the barrier reef into an aquamarine lagoon holding the atoll’s three low-lying islands. Due to our cooperator’s decision to leave Midway Atoll, the visitor

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Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions The Monument includes all federally owned or controlled emergent and submerged lands of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the waters that surround and lie atop them. They begin approximately 115 nautical miles (140 miles) northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands, and extend northwest for more than 950 nautical miles (1,200 miles). The outer boundaries of the Monument include marine waters in the NWHI extending out approximately 50 miles on both sides of the chain of islands. The terrestrial habitats within the Monument are part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, established by President Theodore Roosevelt, or the Midway National Wildlife, established in 1996 by transfer from the Navy. Phone 808-397-2660 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PHOTOGRAPHY, SWIMMING, DIVING, SNORKELING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose

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Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions Please input our address rather than just “Pearl Harbor,” as this will take you to the active military base, not the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Phone (808) 422-3399 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Pearl Harbor National Memorial Official Website Pearl Harbor National Memorial Map At the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, learn about one of the most pivotal moments in US history: the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II.

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Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions The refuge office is located on Oahu’s north shore in Haleiwa at 66-590 Kamehameha Highway. Public entry into the refuge is prohibited unless authorized by the refuge manager. Phone 808-637-6330 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge The West Loch and Middle Loch of Pearl Harbor are sites of small urban refuge units. This wetland refuge is primarily devoted to the recovery of Hawaii’s four endemic waterbirds (Hawaiian stilt, Hawaiian moorhen, Hawaiian coot, and Hawaiian duck). All four birds are listed as endangered species due to their precipitous decline in the 20th century. The 36-acre refuge unit at West Loch, known as Honouliuli (meaning “dark bay”) will host a visitor viewing platform to enable

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Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions From Kailua-Kona: Take Highway 11 south, approximately 20 miles. Between mileposts 103 and 104, at the Honaunau Post Office, turn right towards the ocean onto Hwy 160. Travel 3.5 miles and turn left at the Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park sign. Travel times will vary due to ongoing construction in North Kona. Phone (808) 328-2326 Activities HIKING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park Official Website Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park Map Imagine you had just broken the sacred laws, the kapu, and the only punishment was death. Your only chance of survival is to elude your pursuers and reach the Pu’uhonua, a place of refuge. The Pu’uhonua protected the kapu

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Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Hawaii Camping & Hiking

Directions From Keahole (Kona) International Airport: Head east on HI-19 toward HI-19 26.0 mi Turn left onto HI-270 0.4 mi Turn left 0.3 mi (Approximately 34 minute drive) Phone (808) 882-7218 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Hawaii Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Hawaii Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Hawaii Recreation Areas Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site Official Website Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site Map How many places in America can you walk in the footsteps of a king? Where else has a stranded sailor risen up to become a great chief over an entire island? Where else can you experience the culminating event of a people, foretold from centuries past? Where else can you stand on a beach and watch as sharks pass over a submerged temple? Experience all this and much more

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