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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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snat CA
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69 reviews 69 reviews
5 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

great place to spend 1/2 day, but when we were there, there were not many fishes. However, just hanging around the beach makes this place worth a trip.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

It was my first time snorkeling here and I feel like this place was great! We got there around 8am and had plenty of parking. It fills up fast so best to go early. The line wasnt too long. Paid our 7.50 per person and parking was $1. Watched the video and made our way down to water. Beautiful view... More

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Summit, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Gets crowded, best to go early in the day or after 3pm to get a parking spot. Beach is two crowded to enjoy so best to snorkel. The left side of beach is best (when facing the water).

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

For someone who's not an avid swimmer or snorkeler but loves marine life, Hanuama Bay is a lot of fun. I stayed in the shallow part of the water and just snorkeled around to see some pretty cool fish. There were various types, all varying in size and color. It was so relaxing and the bay itself is beautiful. As... More

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Sydney
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Went on the last day before leaving back home, I wish we could have spent the day. Bring food, as it is a steep hill to go back up to the kiosk, which sells limited food. Bring your underwater camera, amazing pictures. The view from the top is breathtaking

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Brisbane, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

After a long drive, it's a parking fee PLUS a $7.50 entrance each person then you cannot proceed to the beach until you watch the "instruction video". It only runs every 15 mins and there was no waiver, I tried! Locals get in for free. Forget this touristy beach and just snorkel anywhere else on the coast - it's free... More

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Ventura, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

If you have children between 5 and 18 that swim, this definitely worth finding a parking space and visiting.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We took a morning #22 bus from Waikiki (remember not to get off on the highway, the bus goes down into the park area) and thought we would spend the morning there. Boy were we wrong! What an amazing place. Even if you are not a snorkeler (like me), you can see lots of the fish just wading a foot... More

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White Rock, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We arrived at Hanauma Bay entrance at 9 am and already the parking lot full sign was out, went to Sandy beach for a while then tried again. Still the lot full sign was out so came back an hour later. Still the lot full sign was out so found a place to park in residential area down the road... More

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Baroda, Michigan
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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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