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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
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+1 808-396-4229
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

A perfect snorkeling spot.

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Day at the beach

What an amazing place worth the parking fee and entrance fee to visit. Suggest walking down and riding the tram back up after your visit. Be sure to have cash for the tram ride... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What an amazing place worth the parking fee and entrance fee to visit. Suggest walking down and riding the tram back up after your visit. Be sure to have cash for the tram ride. There is a short movie everyone must watch about the delicate ecosystem at the park before getting wet and or sandy. Be sure to bring your... More 

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Los Angeles
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We relocated to Honolulu in late December 2017, and have been planning to come here for sometime until finally able to make it in March 2017. Hanauma Bay is major tourist attraction, so it does not matter when it will always be busy with people. You can reach this location by "the beach bus" route 22 from waikiki beach, just... More 

Thank TedInLosAngeles
Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a non event. $1 parking $7.50 per person, wait to watch a 15 minute video before going to beach. Too many people. I would not recommend this place at all, it is overpriced and the movie is annoying. Go to Shark Bay in the North Shore it is free, and take your own snorkel and check out heaps of... More 

Thank pandimurphy
Vancouver, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited at high tide and had a great time. It was partly cloudy on a Sunday afternoon. That was mostly good news, since it kept the crowds down. The entry was easy, and we used Snorkelfest for transportation and equipment, so we were mostly carefree regarding logistics and supplies. The water was warm and fish were abundant, the only... More 

Thank Ken L
Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Best place to snorkel on Oahu, get there early, beat the crowds, bring some snacks and enjoy a fun filled day in the water, looking at tropical fish!!

Thank Shoe1037
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The view from above is much better than on the beach because you can see the coral formation just beneath the water. Once you are snorkeling you can see different colored fish swimming along side of you and it is quite exciting. The beach is not too big so come early before it is filled up. It is an easy... More 

Thank WonderguyToronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We wish we'd left more time to enjoy this place. $7.5 entry per person, must watch a vide before entry (important to do this and it was great to see that this area is being well looked after).

Thank Yvonne G
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a good, fun snorkelling trip in a beautiful location. However, it was extremely busy and visitors should be prepared for this.

Thank Jennifer O
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful place to visit. Great snorkeling, it's a shallow reef with lots of fish. You can rent snorkeling equipment on site and buy basically anything you need there. You could bring a lunch if you want. Get there early, the parking lot fills up quickly.

Thank badmotokitty
Mount Evelyn, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Hanauma Bay is beautiful. We rented a car from Waikiki however the car park was full so we had to park at local shops and catch a shuttle there and back. After watching a short video on the bay including protection of the reef and marine life, we walked down to the bay and stowed our valuables in a locker.... More 

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