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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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Address: 100 Hanauma Bay Drive, ueber Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825-2005
Phone Number:
+1 808-396-4229
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

A perfect snorkeling spot.

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Stunning! Don't visit Oahu without going here to snorkel even if you've never done it before you will not regret it and your memories will last forever.

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Stanwell Park, New South Wales, Australia
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 book.

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Stunning! Don't visit Oahu without going here to snorkel even if you've never done it before you will not regret it and your memories will last forever.

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Dallas TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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Yes sir!! This is a must do. You will love it! First there are several bathrooms, water, snorkeling rental, concession stands etc. you don't have to be overly prepared for this great beach adventure. $7.50 entrance fee per person. $1 parking fee. $3 round trip for the jeep tram up and back the Giant hill (this is no joke!) to... More 

Thank Meko
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This hike is convenient and beautiful. Great view of Hanauma Bay from the outside. It is illegal so be carful if you plan to do the hike.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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Awesome snorkelling. Huge fish! A steep walk, but a shuttle is available (for a fee) if walking is a challenge.

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Bellingham, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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There is a steep hill down to the bay to snorkel. There's is a trolley that can be taken, however, we recommend that you walk if possible. The reason for this is if you plan on snorkeling that you can visibly see the best spots from the hillside. The water over the coral is pretty shallow (at least when we... More 

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Houston, Texas
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was just awesome for us. My daughter and I do not know how to swim so dad had to hold us while we 'snorkeled'. It's $1 parking fee and $7.50 admission fee per person. You can't rent snorkeling gear on spot. No walking on corral.

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Orick, California
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

They claim to require you to watch an "educational" video. It merely showed colourful fish and corals, seemed to do more to excite visitors then encourage respectful use. Gave minor lip service to how the bay has been abused and over fished for many decades. Barely heard the speaker quickly mention respecting the over used bay, and guidelines to not... More 

Thank Justin L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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This is a beautiful bay and the snorkelling in amazing in such shallow waters. Impressive at how organised it was, you have to watch a 10 min induction video and these are shown at 15 min intervals so don't expect to just run down there. Beach facilities are good but it is very busy!! Lockers to rent are small so... More 

Thank disc0diva_uk
Tampa, Florida
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You do NOT have to book a tour with an agency for this day trip. Many busses leave from the Waikiki Beach hotel areas and from all over Honolulu and drop you in the parking lot of Hanauma Bay. The price to get in the park is $7.50 per person with discounts for active military. There is an added price... More 

Thank drybicki

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