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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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“snorkel gear”(594 reviews)
Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825-2005
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All reviews beautiful bay great place to snorkel 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

This is a place that offers three of the most popular activities in Hawaii with snorkelling, swimming and wildlife, therefore all visitors will enjoy it. Even when it gets a bit crowded, it is still enjoyable and serene.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank the_Nile_child
Reviewed yesterday

If you chose to visit Hanauma Bay, make sure you head out early, as it gets crowded and parking is limited

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Patty K
Reviewed yesterday

This is a beautiful spot with too many people. You are shown a video about how to preserve this park,before you are allowed in. One of the main points in the video is to NOT step on the coral to preserve it. Far too many...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Coastal760051
Reviewed yesterday

The Bay is absolutely gorgeous- and although I did not snorkel- the rest of the family did and LOVED it. Bathrooms were clean. The steep walk up and down to the bay is manageable- and you can always pay for the tram. We took the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BonnieRenee
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Recommend getting there early and already have snorkel gear. This allows you to get a spot on the beach, see the turtles and other sea life before the crowds, and avoid having to wait to get and return your gear there which can be a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Guy J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had to be on Ohau for a wedding so decided to visit this famous sheltered cove. Very crowded, $7.50 ea to enter, and surprisingly poor snorkeling. On the other hand we were very pleasantly surprised with the snorkeling at the free man made lagoons...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MtLaw111
Reviewed 2 days ago

A beautiful bay, particular knowing how it was formed, great snorkelling. Take your own snorkelling gear, I didn't see any places hiring them. Yes it can get busy and crowded, but so does every other place in Oahu and it's well worth the visit. There...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank EFF135
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Part of the family’s Hawaii trip was snorkeling and my mom suggested Hanauma. Snorkels and fins were part of our Go Oahu card so we got them. It was an easy drive and there were several places to rent snorkels. Parking is only $1 which...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank frodolives11954
Reviewed 2 days ago

a nice place to spend some hours walking on the sand beach or swimming. I suggest to visit this area !

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Carlo V
Reviewed 2 days ago

Parking fills fast as they control the crowds by limiting the number of vehicles allowed into the park. Help them protect the reef by not walking on the coral please. It's not rock, it's alive and trying to grow.

Date of experience: January 2019
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January 3, 2019|
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Response from Jess M | Reviewed this property |
Depends on your budget. There is a local bus (Route 22) that takes you out there but it can get busy and takes a bit longer. However it is $2.50 each way. We booked a van transfer which had equipment hire included. Round... More
December 23, 2018|
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Response from KevinD6096 | Reviewed this property |
The car park is at the top close to the entrance. There are lockers available for hire, but the beach is pretty safe - lots of supervisory staff and thieves are not going to pay to get in! Beach is tightly controlled , you... More
December 16, 2018|
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Response from samhart19 | Reviewed this property |
we went as part as another companies snorkelling package. You have to get there under your own steam....public transportation, taxi for example