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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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Baroda, Michigan
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60 reviews 60 reviews
42 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We loved it here. Big Tip, arrive early because if parking lot is full they close the park. It's nice so it's not over crowded. I was in snorkel heaven. Kids loved it. They have food and rental snorkel gear if u need it. Met sum nice friendly people and kids had the time of their life on beach and... More

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Brisbane Australia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Hanauma Bay is a hidden treasure. We went there for a day, just to get away from the crowds at Waikiki. The water is crystal clear and perfect for snorkelling. We all really enjoyed our time there swimming in the beautiful water and relaxing on the beach. A must if you visit Ohau.

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Bloomington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Saw many fish. Wish people had more respect for the coral so it wouldn't get damaged. It is an awesome place to see, though.

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South Pasadena, CA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I have made two visits to Hanauma Bay, about 30 years apart. Nothing stays the same. This time we took a reasonably priced shuttle from our hotel; the six-hour trip included snorkel gear. We were glad we didn't drive, as the parking lot was already closed for the day when we arrived. There are now lines and a visitors center... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Hanauma bay is really beautiful!! It can get crowded and so if you want to avoid crowds I recommend going early in the day (get there by 9am). We didn't get there until 11am and we had to wait to get into the parking lot and wait to get into the park. It was worth the wait, the scenery is... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

As a child and youth, I loved Hanauma Bay. I have fond memories of that beach/bay. Although I did not appreciate the long walk down from the parking lot...worse going back up. Hanauma Bay is beautiful, but it has become a busy tourist attraction. Now there's a shuttle that you pay to go down to the beach. I'm sure it... More

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Phoenix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Despite being April, it was cold and windy. Everyone at the preserve was so friendly. It was nice to be able to rent a locker for my purse. There were lots of people there, but we found great spots to see the fish. What a wonderful experience! We were in the water almost 3 hours but had to get out... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This was so beautiful. The water was so blue and coast line so rugged. A must see for all. I wish I new of it earlier so that I could go in for swim. Next time

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Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Really great views from the parking lot to the base. Must watch a movie about the fish before going through to the beach. Snorkelling is pretty good and easy. Monitored by lifeguards which makes it quite safe.

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San Diego, California
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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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