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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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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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Yokohama, Japan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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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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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Wollongong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We had booked this through our Hotel. We were picked up early around 7 in the morning. We got there about 7.45 , we were given flippers and mask and instructed on how to use them. As we got there so early we almost had the place to ourselves. The snorkelling is amazing and Hanauma Bay is just beautiful. We... More

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Forest Hills, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Once you watch the mandatory film and make the trek down to the water at this former collapsed volcano caldera you are in for a treat of some of the most breathtaking snorkeling in all of Hawaii. The water is shallow, with a slight rip current the day we were there, but the bay is so massive that maneuvering your... More

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Alice Springs, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Had a ball swimming and snorkelling here the fish right on the shoreline were quite amazing. Those of you that cant walk up and down the steep hill there is at least a trolley car that goes very regularly so everyone can experience this beautiful place

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Southern Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

I booked a shuttle/snorkel rental package and choose the 6 a.m. pick up at my hotel. Got to the bay before they charge the $7.50 entrance fee. Spent the first couple of hours swimming in schools of tropical fish. Indescribably beautiful experience. By 10:00 a.m. the water had more people than fish,

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This was part of a tour around Oahu and only stopped at the top of the bay and didn't take the ride down to the beach, what a beautiful setting, the photos tell it all ! Must see even if only from the park.

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San Jose, CA
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

It costs $7.50 per person to enter, free for kids under 12. I hope they put that money to good use. The Bay is beautiful from afar, up hight. It's cloudy for snorkeling, but swimming is ok. It's a must do once. They rent watersports equipment near the beach. There is a lifeguard and other staff so the entrance fee... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Nice secluded National Park. There is an admission price to get in and you are required to watch an instructional video before you are allowed to go down the bay. If you feel or unable to get down the steep incline there is a tram for a low fee ($2.00) all day that will take you back and forth. The... More

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