The first time we went to Hawaii, we went on a tour that picked us up from our hotel, transported us to the bay and included snorkel gear. This time after doing research, I decided we would catch the bus there and see how we go. Because we bought our snorkel gear from maui so we brought that along.
We went to the bus stop to catch the next bus. We went past a shop that was selling mats for 0.99 which was cheaper than what ABC store had at 2.49 I think. It was a good investment because our future trips to other snorkelling places meant we could use the mat J. After 20 or so different buses and eventually our bus came – reading the reviews before they do mention that the bus gets packed so I was hoping because it was the 8:30 bus or something that we should be alright but nope, bus packed out doh so pretty much standing all the way to hanauma bay. The bus was about a 20 minute ride from where we were – Aston Waikiki Beach Circle
When we arrived, we took a couple of photos and walked to the entrance. Paid $7.50 per person for entry. After that they make you watch a documentary about the bay then once finished, you can either take the mini-open bus/shuttle down for a fee or walk down. We walked down and there was a decent amount of people there already. So we rented out some fins and also a life-jacket and the line wasn’t long. Woooahhh hold up, did you just say life-jacket!? Can’t you swim!? ---- yes I can swim but the life jacket really helps you out because it helps you float better and especially when your in the water and you want to fix up your mask, you can just float while doing this if you were in deep water.
We didn’t go out too deep but we kept around the corels and we saw a lot of fishes. Did a 1st round of snorkelling then we had a break. We could see the bay really filling up now so as others suggest, the earlier the better! So went back to a 2nd round of snorkelling and then decided to pack up. As I was returning the fins & life jacket, woah the queue was pretty long for rentals. We took the mini-open bus/shuttle back to the top.
So by the time we finished, it was about 12ish just in time to catch the next bus. We got out of the place, then take some photos then waited for the next bus which we timed to come and it came within 5 minutes. The bus was empty J
And that’s our adventure for a Sunday morning snorkel at Hanauma Bay
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