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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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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

If you are looking for a good snorkeling experience near Honolulu, this is the spot! Lots of sea life and if you should take a underwater camera. The bay is amazing!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

you can take the city bus on Kuhio street to get to the bay, about 25 minutes. Be prepared to walk down a steep hill to get to the beach and walk back up the hill to return to street level. There is a short orientation presentation about preserving the reef and safety. The bay is normally very crowded and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We rented scooters and drove out to the bay. Took about an hour and it was incredible. Some of the views and landscapes are breathtaking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Good spot for some snorkling, definitely need to get there very early if you drive as the car park is full by mid morning. There are a number of tour groups that take you out there and provide snorkling gear for under $18 p/p

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CASULA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

the bay is only about a 10 min drive from Waikiki, however the parking is limited, we got there and were turned away so found another beach further along and then went back at 1pm when the carpark was less busy. admission price was reasonable, children under 12 free. bring your own snorkel

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I have been here about ten years ago and don't recall having to pay to enter. We took some pictures and then left. Nice view. There is a $1.00 parking fee, if you are 15 minutes or less they will reimburse you.

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Plymouth, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

They open around 6am and most people don't like to get up early when on vacation. Take advantage of that and get free admission! Plus, it will be less crowded! There are beautiful views. Be aware that it is a little hike down (and then back up) the big hill, which is paved. You can pay to take a tram... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Well someone else described it like swimming in an aquarium and it is. Very pretty place with calm water: liked how they are protective of beautiful place. Can hire snorkel there and within feet of beach you are swimming amongst wide range of very cute fish! Can be crowded but great

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Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This was the first time I have ever snorkelled and it was AMAZING!!! The water was clear and the fish were abundant. It was a nice walk down into the Bay, but I was glad for the $1.25 Tram ride back up the hill after exhausting ourselves through hours of swimming!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

My 17 yr old daughter and I visited here while my hubby was in a meeting. We arrived around 7:15 and were snorkeling by 7:45. We sat our things in a nice shady, grassy spot but discovered anything grassy/shady had ants. We snorkeled until about 11am. We saw every type of fish. Simply beautiful! A must see on Oahu!

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