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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

#6 of 322 things to do in Honolulu Features Animals
100 Hanauma Bay Drive, ueber Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825-2005
+1 808-396-4229
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  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
100 Hanauma Bay Drive, ueber Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825-2005
+1 808-396-4229
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

First time to Hawaii, and was told by many to include a visit to Hanauma Bay nature preserve. We arrived as the park opened to be greater by very friendly and efficient park staff. Before entering the serenity of the preserve, all visitors view a...More

Thank Tom D
Reviewed yesterday

Incredibly beautiful. There has been a lot of time, energy and money spent to clean it up and preserve its beauty. Worth the trip

Thank Jeneane S
Reviewed yesterday

Really is a beautiful bay, arrived about 715am and there was still a few parking spots available. Staggered entry with mandatory video to watch does hold up the crowds which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The inside of the bay is unfortunately now mostly dead...More

Thank Brendan D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was a great spot for sightseeing and snorkeling. Bring your own gear if you don't want to pay for a rental. The exotic fishes are beautiful so make sure your bring a camera or GoPro to take pictures. I would say to bring a...More

Thank monicakmcduffie
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This beach is what paradise looks like! We caught a 40 min bus from Waikiki beach which was super easy and we were greeted by one of the most stunning views I've seen. We were hoping to see turtles which we sadly didn't achieve, and...More

1  Thank ClosetFatGal
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I remember going here 20 years ago and seeing tons of fish--big ones. I was back a few years ago and was disappointed then and should have known better. We saw very few fish, even after swimming way out beyond the reef. I asked someone...More

1  Thank Richard C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Got there at 6:45 to get in for free since the park doesn't open until 7. Very beautiful. The water is very clear which is great for snorkeling. The beach is also nice, pretty palm trees. Go early to beat the crowds- and the entry...More

Thank Olivia J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

BEAUTIFUL. There is a entrance fee - maybe like $2 but they refund it if you are there less than 15 min. Fee for snorkeling is around $8 and had long lines

Thank Therese A
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Took the city bus ( Great way to travel when you don't have a rental car) out to the bay. The snorkeling is really good. Abundant amount of fish to see. My husband even saw an eel. The water and the bay were beautiful. Great...More

Thank Jan W
Reviewed 3 days ago

Look the place is nice, snorkelling ok, but there is just way too many people here. Bring your own snorkel as you will pay a fortune to hire them here. $20 to hire a snorkel and fins for 2 hours is bit much in my...More

Thank Rick P
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can we take umbrella and cooler
April 13, 2017|
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Response from Stephen S | Reviewed this property |
Yes . No problem
can we take an umbrella and cooler
April 13, 2017|
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Response from Jayne R | Reviewed this property |
I believe you can. There were several families set up on the beach who seemed to be making a day of it. Probably a good idea for a beach day then you can just pop in and out of the water to snorkel throughout the day. The... More
Is it possible to rent a chair and umbrella to provide shade for an elderly member of our group? If not available there, any suggestions on where to get some in advance?
April 10, 2017|
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Response from Prue E | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I didn't notice any hiring stalls. There was a lovely patch of grass just beside the life savers station and a large palm tree. The life guard was nice enough to provide a chair for my elderly Mother and Aunt. Hope this... More