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“great snorkeling” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
100 Hanauma Bay Drive, ueber Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825
808 396 4229
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Ranked #12 of 155 attractions in Honolulu
Type: Beaches, Bodies of Water, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Parks
Activities: Snorkeling
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A perfect snorkeling spot.
Washougal, Washington
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“great snorkeling”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Great times. Be sure to talk to the volunteers before you start as there are several places to snorkel. We stayed in one spot and missed a lot.

Visited November 2012
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“Fun Beach Day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Snorkeling was good. Large fish were a plenty .. As the day goes on the water seems to get cloudy. Parking was cheap and not an issue. Nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki

Visited December 2012
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“Over-rated, over-visited, over-explored”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

I thought I'd have a day of the most spectacular snorkling ever at Hanauma Bay. Not. What a disappointment. You'll see better fish populations feeding bread to the fish at Kapiolani beach park in Waikiki. I saw almost NO fish snorkling for two hours straight at Hanauma Bay. Not worth the drive, the parking nightmare, or the wait. If you must go just to say you've been, make it a half day trip to the visitor's center, but don't spend your entire day at Hanauma Bay. Despite the very knowledgable and friendly volunteer staff at Hanauma Bay, there are way better beach locations all over the rest of Oahu.

Visited December 2012
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“Absolutely Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

The view of the bay from street level is outstanding. I'm sure everyone who has been here has that picture. The walk down to the bay is not difficult, but when it's time to come back up, make sure you take the shuttle. You will see a short film about preserving sea life, mainly the coral reef. This film is mandatory, and a very good thing for people to see who have never been to Hawaii, or the islands. Especially beneficial for first time snorkelers, and children. The water was very clear, and there were plenty of fish to see. We ate lunch at the little take out restaurant on top, a little pricey, but good. I'm so happy that we had an opportunity to visit Hanauma Bay.

Visited September 2012
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Sydney, AUSTRALIA
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“Worth going once.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

It a bit of a drive from Honolulu and a long sttep walk down to the beach. There is a shuttle bus (for a fee) that will take you down the steep drive and back up again.

As regards the beach and the snorkelling, it wasn't too pleasant for us as there was an offshore breeze and visibilty in the ocean was poor. This is not a reflection on Hanauma Bay at all as several of our travelling party visited Hanauma Bay only a couple of days earlier and loved it!

Visited September 2012
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