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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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Broadbeach, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This is a must when holidaying in Hawaii. We thoroughly enjoyed snorkelling the beautiful turquoise waters of Hanuama Bay.The fish were spectacular many sizes different colours and the water was so warm. Loved our time there we stayed for around 3 hours as we had organised other things that afternoon but would have loved to had stayed longer.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful place to visit. A Must see. $1 parking and if you enter the park it is $7.50 per person. The drive there is also beautiful but go earlier in the day otherwise it's hard to get in as the car park is monitored and closed if full.

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Laurel, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I've seen mixed reviews about this attraction. I've been to Hanauma twice: June 2008 and more recently this past June. Prices haven't changed much. If you're a local (w/ a HI drivers license), child under 13 or military you may visit for free (check their official website). Parking is $1 and limited. Many people pay for a shuttle to drop... More

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Salem, New Hampshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

What a beauty!!..Must see this place. The place is just breathtaking. Rough tides and watch out for signs.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I've lived in Hawaii for the last year now. I've been lucky to snorkel many beaches on Oahu and other islands. I've been to hanauma at least 10 times in the last year. My last trip to hanauma was a few days ago and sadly it will be my last. After you've seen the beauty other reefs have to offer... More

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So Cal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

On recommendation, we paid for a shuttle to & from our hotel. Was so glad we did! The traffic was awful & parking was worse. People were waiting in lines for parking. There is a cost of $7.50 per person to get in. You can rent mask, snorkel & fins if you don't bring your own. It was crowded, but... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The place is a complete rip off from start to finish. It costs to park, it costs to watch the movie on how to protect the reef, then it costs ($15) to hire a snorkel, mask and fins. This is bad enough, but the sad part is the way the place is being managed....or should I say isn't being managed.... More

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Cergy, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Don't miss this spot ! For the two of us, it was the best place of Oahu island by far. Beach is beautiful, snorkeling too. Day we went it was not crowded so great fun. Really amazing place.

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Westborough
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Today we saw very many fish big and small, also very colorful. It was a great adventure for all levels of swimming. So glad we can, I would defiantly come back.

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Aurora, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is a well protected bay along southeast side of the island where the waves are usually more calm. Fantastic place to snorkel. We saw sea turtles, several varieties of fish and even a seal along the rocks. While it is a rather long, steep walk to get from the parking lot to the sandy beach, they do offer a... More

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