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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

First time in Hawaii and a friend recommended this spot for snorkeling and it is the best spot! There are fish everywhere! Now don't let parking stop you the lot fills up quickly, but it reopens often. You have to just drive around a few times and keep checking or take a tour bus or hotel transportation to drop you... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Visited Hanauma Bay through a tour company organised by our hotel. The trip there took about 1.5hrs from Wakiki and so the half day tour was really a 3hr snorkelling trip. Aussies will be thoroughly dissapointed as the reef looks dead, hardly any great fish but we did manage to see a monk seal swim right past us. Current does... More

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Lake Tahoe (California), California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

A wonderful beach for snorkeling but very crowded. Get their early for best parking and to find a spot on the beach.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is a place that you would want to visit more that once. When you pay your admission, be sure to sign the guest book so you can get back in within the next 364 days of the year without having to watch the instructional movie. The snorkeling is good and the water is beautiful. All visitors are told not... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to snorkel but I do notice a change overtime. When I came here 3 years ago, there would be fish around my legs when I'm about 2 feet down the water. Now, I will need snorkeling gears to actually see the ocean life. Overall, it is still a good view and nice place to visit... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I first visited Hanauma Bay in May of 2010. It's THE most fun experience. If you are on Oahu on vacation, then this is definitely one of the places to visit if you have never been here. It's absolutely beautiful here and I've blown up photographs that I took of the Bay and hung them in my house. Before you... More

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is a good place for weak swimmers and beginner snorkelers. We saw lots of fishes, even in the shallow end of the bay. Plenty of life guards available. I would suggest going in the morning before the wind and the wave pick up in the afternoon. Make sure you wear some "water shoes" as dead corals are basically rocks... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Viator, Hanauma Bay Half day snorkelling Adventure tour. The inefficiency regarding this tour was quite extraordinary. I guess for $25 you get what you pay for: transport to a shop for gear, then transport to the Bay: then it was $7.50 to get into the bay, and a ridiculous wait to get in via a compulsory explanatory video. And quite... More

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Toronto, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We visited Hanauma Bay as we heard that it was a must do during our Hawaii vacation. We arrived by 8:30 am and it was already packed, the parking lot, and a long line up to get in, then to wait again to watch the video about the preserve and then the hike down to the beach. I recommend the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Snorkelling good , beautiful scenery. Great video at the start . Shame no food and drink stalls down on beach, and the few eateries at top expensive and average. Suggest taking picnic with you from town.

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