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“Clear and crowded” 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.
Sacramento, CA
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“Clear and crowded”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Beautiful Bay with many visitors snorkeling. $7.50 for adults. Kids under 12 are free. Bring drinks and snacks ( none are there, except a few independent vendors). Bring your own snorkel gear from home. You can use it all over the island, not just here. Cheaper than renting.

Visited July 2013
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“Pricey, but fun and worth it at least once.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

True, the reef is mostly dead, but that's because too many people mistake coral for rocks and step all over them. Coral is alive. I think the $7.50/person price tag is outlandish! Then, the other cash cow is the tram (pulled by a Jeep Cherokee) that takes you up and down the hill for $2/person round trip. That's a lot of money for a family, especially if you have to rent the snorkel gear (which is available at the bottom).

I loved it. I will go again. But I think it's silly to have to arrive by 8:00 a.m. just to get a spot. We missed it, so we hiked Diamond Head then came back at about 11:30 and got to park.

I opted to walk to the bottom and walk up. I'm cheap. The waves were a little rough that day (which happens on the south shore in the summer). Since the reef can be high at certain points, you can cut your leg if the surf rocks you. It's best to get in and float asap. That way, it's much more smooth.

I've also snorkeled Electric Beach and Shark's Cove. Hanauma definitely gives you the most fish per cubic foot. Tons. Lots of variety. I even saw a turtle.

The coral was more vibrant and alive at Electric, but the waves are very difficult to get past before you can enjoy snorkeling. Not for beginners.

Shark's Cove was awesome. Just awesome. Lots of the same fish and it was free! No beach, though. You hike down a little bit and, wham, there's the water. You trip on rocks a bit, so float as soon as you can. Don't leave the cove. It's not worth it unless you're diving. The bay is hard to fight to get back in and there wasn't much fish. I did see an electric eel, though. That was cool.

Visited July 2013
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Crestline, California
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“Very nice tour bus stop.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

I was on a Roberts Hawaii tour guide, around the island, and this was one of their stops. We had about 10 minutes to take in the view, it is a really beautiful bay. You can take some really nice photographs of the bay, from the view point. I wish I had the time to walk down, and try some snorkeling here. It is a very busy tourist stop, as I saw many buses coming and going here. The water looks clear, and the waves were calm. I would come back, and try to see some fishes here.

Visited November 2012
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“One of the best experience in Waikiki!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We went in at around 730am there's already a line going to the beach. Overall the parking/line/video review was ok. The best part is when you start snorkeling. We went to the left side when you are facing the bay and that's where we saw the sea turtle. It was worth the trip. We stayed here for 3 hours just snorkeling. It was the best. We planned on doing another snorkeling ($120 fee) but cancelled it because Hanauma Bay gave us that fix :). This is the best place in Waikiki. Do not skip this place when you are in Waikiki because the hype is really true.

Tips:
- come in early for parking
- you can sign up after the video show if you are planning on coming back so you don't need to watch it again.
- we did not take the $1.50 shuttle going down/up the hill, if I can do it you guys can :)
- entrance fee is $7.50
- bring some food then go out for lunch if you are planning on staying after lunch. there is a small mall near the place.
- when you snorkel go through the rocks, you will find the sea turtle and other amazing fishes in between rocks.
- bring snorkel gear, it's cheaper to byo

Visited July 2013
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“quite expensive but amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

it was amazing experience to see the fishes and all the corals but it was very expensive the entrance with the equipment

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