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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 155 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The drive there was well worth the experience. We were a little disappointed that we did not see a lot of turtles but well worth the trip. What an experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a natural bay that is a preserve for fish. Wonderful place to snorkel and see fish in their natural habitat. It's an experience to have the fish swim right up to you instead of swimming away.

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Honolulu, HI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

You can just kneel in the water and watch an endless parade of tropical fish. It is exciting to go beyond the reef , but not a good idea unless you are a experienced swimmer. Cheap snorkel and fin rental at the beach. You can also hike the perimeter for great views of the bay.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Another must-see and experience when on Oahu. If you get lucky and visit when it's not jam-packed.. Consider yourself extremely lucky! There's still plenty fish to see, and you may encounter a turtle or two! Don't forget to pack snacks, drinks and of course a beach towel or blanket to sit on. There are fresh water showers and clean restrooms... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

bring your snorkels and flippers bring a day's worth of water and food bring the little ones too - fish are right up close in shallow water

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A must for any visitor, the water is usually very clear and you get up close to the fish because the Bay is a nature reserve. One of the best snorkeling spots because of the clarity and relative safety of the reef. Be careful if you go beyond the reef or when the water is choppy. On the way to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

While i was growing up, it was free to swim, picnic, drive your car down the steep road to drop off your picnic gear, kids, etc. Today, you park up on top and walk down. There is a fee to enter this beautiful beach, its well worth it. You can rent snorkel gear or bring your own. Snorkeling is amazing.... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Hanama Bay is a State Park and is not only a gorgeous place to take some very scenic photos, it is ideal for snorkeling. The entire inlet is a reef and because it is a top of a volcano crater that has opened to the sea it is not difficult for swimmers who are not that experienced. Thousands of fish... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

... or more like, fish swim with you... this is a MUST when on Oahu. this park is closed once a week (Tue?) so double check. bring suntan lotion! not shady. you can rent fins and snorkels easy enough on the beach, no need to bring, hassle. parking is limited so you may want to park at the shopping center... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great place to spend all day. Parking is limited so go early or try later in afternoon. Don't need to go very far to see colorful fishes. Perfect snorkeling spot. Make sure you take enough food and drinks if you are staying longer. Once you are on the beach, it is an effort to go back and bring something to... More

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