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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 #12 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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Fallon, Nevada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I visited here with my 13 year old triplets. We had a great time! Take bus #22 from Waikiki. Only $6.25 each way for a 30 minute ride. There is a $7.50 entrance fee at the bay and a short movie you must watch before entering. Snorkel equipment rental was $12 each. There is a snack bar at the top.... More

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Sydney
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

If you are into snorkling this is the place to go with its crystal clear waters. A word of advice it is a very steep hill down to the bay but there is a shuttle at a price. The bay is also good for swimming and just lounging around.

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Union, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We have snorkeled in Bora Bora, Tahiti, Costa Rica and on several of the Hawaiian Islands. This I believe was the best overall experience. Get there early, before 8 if you want to find parking, after the small parking lot is full they are closed until people leave and there is no nearby parking. We arrived just before 7 and... More

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Brantford, Canada
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We loved our day at Hanauma Bay. Yes you do have to get there early, as they close the parking lot when full. Yes you do have to watch a video, but it doesn't take long and outlines the rules for the park. To reach the bay, you have to walk down a steep hill. If you need food or... More

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Keller, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Okay so I'm probably pretty spoiled where snorkeling is concerned, having snorkeled in Mexico and Turks and Caicos, because I found the snorkeling and water clarity here average at best. However, it's a lovely beach and a nice way to spend some time. Do get there early in order to avoid a long line to get in. They will make... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Kind of crowded but a great introduction to snorkeling the water isn't terribly deep. so good for smaller kids. we saw a sea turtle and a 2 different types of eels.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Being a scuba diver I was very interested snorkelling Hanauma Bay, for a novice this would have to be a really great spot to get inducted into the undersea world. We went on a four hour trip and my wife and kids thought that was long enough but for me all day wouldn't have been long enough. There is a... More

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Rotonda West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Water is crystal clear. Beautiful fish and sea turtles. You can rent Masks, snorkels, and fins. A waterproof camera is a must. It was my favorite attraction. I heard parking can be a challenge so we booked through our hotel Concierge and they arranged shuttle service.

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Fremont, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is the place to go for those who are not strong swimmers or are just starting to snorkel. LISTEN to the life guards, when they say there is a strong cross current or the tide is going to be high and those who are not strong swimmers or beginners should stay in the sandy part--THEY mean it. There are... More

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Walker, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

One of many places that is truly amazing to view and take some pictures and bring a underwater camera because you will see a lot of bright colorful fish. Pay the extra dollar for the ride down and back up the mountain.

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