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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825-2005
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All reviews great snorkeling beautiful bay snorkel gear on tuesdays coral reef beautiful fish low tide short video underwater camera entrance fee shallow water sea life parking lot was full small fee parking spot arrive early nice beach
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A beautiful place to visit. Especially for snorkeling. One picturesque view that is unforgettable. I would recommed this place to anyone.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ravananun
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you go here on a sunny day you will be rewarded by the most beautiful tropical fish and green sea turtles. Such a magical experience. Thanks to other reviewers for the recommendation to get there early. We arrived at about 8.15 and had no...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JSaddo
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My son and I went snorkeling at Hanauma. The reef was great but the water was murky so low visibility. Beautiful beach with long walk down the but trans are available.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank David W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Well worth the $1 parking and $7.50 park entrance fee, pick your equipment package and enjoy the sea life.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RussMatteo
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Easy half day trip out of Waikiki. One of the most beautiful locations in all of Hawaii. We got a $25 pick up at our hotel with snorkel rental and were super pleased.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 380hollyh
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

To begin, this beautiful Bay is filled with a large variety of fish with breathtaking scenery. The water is warm and deep blue accompanied with a Sandy Beach. They make sure everyone there has a general knowledge of what not to do on the Reef...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank J-Fran106
Reviewed 3 days ago

You don't even need to snorkel or scuba to see fish here. Simply swimming will let you see a LOT and if you don't swim, where else can you walk in the water and still see the fish?

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Berkeleyalan
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful beach sitting in an ancient volcanic caldera. Fairly safe snorkeling due to the reef offshore. Not much current, not too deep and no risk of sharks or anything big, but lots and lots of fish, some turtles. Water is crystal clear. Big hint, get...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Navyguyo6
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great snorkeling experience, lots of friendly Hawaiian reef fishes to see. Great activity to introduce people to snorkeling. Summer months for calmer ocean conditions, but generally safe year round. Try to catch the "low tide" for cleaner water conditions. Get there early for parking. Don't...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank wkmun
Reviewed 3 days ago

What a beautiful place. I could have stayed here all day. Serene. Breathtaking. Snorkeling galore. A++

Date of experience: November 2018
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December 8, 2018|
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Response from TravellingGs | Reviewed this property |
We left our phones and wallets in our backpack on the beach and felt very safe.
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Response from Kelly D | Reviewed this property |
There was a large parking lot but it look as pretty full when we got there. I'd imagine of you went early you could get a space. The bus or an uber would be just as handy.
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Chandigarh, India
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (8 Replies)
Can we reach Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve by bus from Wakiki ? Is it advisable? Thanks in advance
December 28, 2017|
Response fromplacebets|
Looked on thebus.org and it says there is no bus that runs to Hanauama Bay which actually kind of surprises me.
Oahu Early March Itinerary (6 Replies)
Hi, We are a group of 5 with 3 adults and 2 8-year old kids. We are flying from the east coast and will stay at Waikiki for 3 nights before heading out to big island. Please help to review the itinerary to see if it is doable? Oahu Island Itinerary: Day 1 (Saturday): => Leaving airport at around 3:30 p.m. => Check in hotel at around 4pm => Buy some milk & water => Waikiki beach => Shower => Dinner at Duke's Canoe Club / Duke's Waikiki (2335 Kalakaua...More
December 23, 2013|
Response fromAlandRoberta|
Day two looks way too hectic! I'd recommend cutting out two of the three of Waimanalo/Byodo/Kailua and spend some quality time at the one you keep in your itinerary. I'd also suggest you add a catamaran sail to day three.
Baltimore, MD
Where to snorkle instead of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (9 Replies)
We are experienced snorklers who hate crowds. Is Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve worth it? Staying in Wakiki before and after a cruise. Any alternative suggestions? Willing to rent a car.
May 11, 2011|
Response fromocsurf74|
I've enjoyed these spots. Kuilima Cove - Great place for beginner snorkeling On Oahu Kahe Point Beach Park - One of my favorite snorkeling beaches on Oahu Sharks Cove - One of the most famous snorkel and dive beaches on the North Shore Hanauma Bay - Probably some of the most fish in one place in all of Hawaii Kaena - Blue water... white sand... postcard perfect