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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

100 Hanauma Bay Drive, ueber Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825
808 396 4229
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Ranked #13 of 157 Attractions in Honolulu
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Type: Beaches, Bodies of Water, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Parks
Activities: Snorkeling
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: The snorkeling is spectacular: live coral, many brilliant tropical fish and sea turtles to be experienced up close.  This venue is perfect for... more »
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Jackson, Wyoming
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Hands-down the best snorkeling on Oahu that is accessible from the shore. I see reasons why some people hate on this place but it is beautiful, especially in the right conditions. Let's go over the negatives. Unless you're coming by taxi or bus you WILL have a hard time getting into the parking lot. It fills up early, as in... More

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Very nice place with clear water and corals. The best thing is the educational film to educate the public, especially children regarding preserving the environment.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This was our second trip to Hawaii and we always wanted to visit Hanauma Bay. We booked a trip out with Hanauma Bay Snorkel Adventures who picked us up from the hotel and delivered us to the bay and provided the snorkel equipment. I recommend that you head out early to the bay as lots of people come out and... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Was quite a wait to get into the reserve, long line at the entry, and then had to wait again to watch a 10-15 min screening of what not to do at the reserve. As there are so many people there at one time, I found the water quite murky which made it hard to see the fish. As we... More

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New Braunfels, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

If you are visiting Hanauma Bay Nature Preserce for the first time within a year, you are required to watch a 9 minutes video prior to entering. There is a line to wait just to get in. My wait time in total, prior to even getting to the beach was probably 40 minutes. I recommend getting there as early as... More

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San Francisco, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The snorkling here is spectacular! After you watch a quick video and they hit you up for donations to the park, you're allowed to spend as much time as you like snorkling with fish, reefs, and even a sea turtle or two. There is food available or you can bring some with you - after a couple hours in the... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

It's a short trip (and inexpensive), so I would say it is worth going if you are looking to fill some spare time. PROS: The view from above is stunning! Worth the cost alone. I don't have kids, but could see it as a good family place. The water is kid friendly (shallow and sheltered). CONS: A lot of kids.... More

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Yokohama, Japan
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Oahu is not my favorite Hawaiian island but hey, if you are in Honolulu and want a somewhat protected place to teach inexperienced kids to snorkel, then this a good place to start. Stunning bay for photos and though the fish are not overly plentiful, they are easily accessible from the beach so kids like my 4 year old get... More

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South Australia
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8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I would definitely recommend visiting this spot, paying your $1 to park your car. Sit on the grass near the carpark and take some beautiful pics of the bay. BUT I would strongly urge you to keep the rest of your cash in your pockets and not fork over anymore of your hard earned money to be treated like tourist... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Few places can beat it with its picture perfect setting above water, and below, it's just that much better. We did our own DIY snorkeling tour, and having returned our rental cars already, the bus was the best means to get there. Luckily, the bus to Hanauma Bay (No. 22) starts not far from our Hotel and just a city... More

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