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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Best snorkelling I have ever done. Shallow enough for the kids to be able to see and lots of colourful fish

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Liked the snorkeling and the view. Lots of educational material and exhibits up at the visitors/check in area. We were able to see a wide variety of fish and some moray eels. Other folks saw some sea turtles but we weren't so lucky. Coral is bland and not colorful at all. That's bad if you were looking for coral but,... More

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Tokushima
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Went twice on a recent trip - great place for my friend who was new to snorkelling. Within five minutes, she was off on her own exploring. Can see colorful fish right up by the shore! Good variety of fish and sea life and if you're a confident swimmer, there are some nice deep drops where you can watch schools... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This place has some great snorkeling! I went to the left size of the beach and quickly figured out that this is where the turtles swim! It was so cool swimming with them. I love to snorkel, and this was a lifetime highlight! There are a lot of people here because it is a preserve, but for snorkeling, it's great.... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This place is great to swim and/or snorkel. A very nice bay and well kept. Everything is organized well by the staff so that tourists know what to do and not while swimming and snorkeling at the Bay to protect the fish. A must see and do.

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St. John's, Antigua
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I took The Bus to Hanauma Bay after someone recommended it to me. It was well worth the visit. I did not rent snorkeling gear but just standing in the water you could see amazing marine life. I swam around to various locations in the bay and was rewarded with many sightings. It is definitely worth visiting. As a caution,... More

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Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This place was amazing for the snorkelling (go during the week NOT on a weekend) as it gets insanely busy and you will have to snorkel around a bunch of people- The views from the parking lot alone ($1 to park) are amazing and then when you get into the park ($7.50/person) the views from the top of the visitor... More

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Jacksonville, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This is one of the VERY few places on earth where even a non-swimmer can simply walk out into the water waist-deed and just drop a mask-covered face into the water to enjoy dozen of brightly-colored tropical fish species. The fish will literally eat frozen peas out of an open hand. The day we went dozens of huge brilliantly blue... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We took TheBus (public transit) there (#23). Took about 30 minutes. We went on Thursday as we heard it is busy on Monday and Wednesday due to it being closed on Tuesday. It was the right level of busy. I rented snorkelling gear which was reasonably priced. The water was so nice and clear. And warm too. We saw a... More

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Tsawwassen, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We spent three hours there, snorkelling and sun bathing. Not to be missed on any trip to Oahu. We had to have wheelchair access and it was available for all areas of the park. Highly recommend the visit. Vies are incredible and the snorkelling is amazing.

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