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“Crystal Clear waters”

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A perfect snorkeling spot.
Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Crystal Clear waters”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Bring your snorkel and flippers and snorkel until your heart is content !
A must to go to , don't miss spending a day laying around and seeing somne lovely fish.
Highly recomend it !

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Phil F
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

I've never been so close to the fish. Some of them are quite big and colorful, very close to shore. I agreed with the previous reviewer that it's quite hard to swim because the reef is shallow. A few times I tried to swim farther away the crowd but then my knee hit on the reef and bleed. Although I did not quite enjoy it a lot, it's still a good experience. If I have a chance to go back, I hope I'll do better.

Visited November 2012
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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“cool place”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

we spent a whole day here you can catch a bus and get dropped off early morning and then they pick you up late afternoon. wonderful relaxing place to spend some quality time

Visited May 2012
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Not the best snorkeling”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Unfortunately too many people go snorkeling here. I guess because it's easy to get to and it's a reef close to shore and therefore, easy to snorkel. They show you a video about not touching or standing on the reef but people still do and it kills the reef. This makes it not look as nice and there will be less fish there because they have nothing to eat. It's very unfortunate that this place is over used. I think they need to limit the people that go there even more to get the reef back. It has been a long time since I was there but someone else also told me the same thing about the reef looking dead.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Worth a Visit”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

I visited Hanauma Bay and brought my own snorkel equipment. I agree with other reviews that it is crowded and pricey depending on how you get here. I know there are "tours" from town that charge an arm and a leg to take you here. We drove ourselves and had no problem finding parking, although at the end of the parking lot.

When you get here, don't expect to jump right in the water immediately. First, there is quite a walk from the parking lot to the entrance. Then you have to wait in line to pay to get in ($7 a person). Then you have an assigned time to view a video on how not to damage the coral reef. Then you get to take a long walk down a steep incline to the beach (there is a trolley that charges $1 each way). Then you have to walk around the beach and search for an open spot. Then you finally get to go in the water. Plan almost an hour before you finally get to swim from when you arrive.

The bay is quite beautiful with crystal blue water. The reef is very shallow, making it hard to swim especially because it is crowded. You will run into other snorkelers out there if you aren't careful. If you can swim out further and feel comfortable swimming, you can get away from the crowd and see some great fish and sea turtles.

I also did a boat ride/snorkel tour while on the island. It was around $100 a person, but you snorkeled away from the crowds and with just a small group of 20 people or less. You got three hours of snorkeling and lunch when you got back. This included all your snorkel gear. That was better snorkeling, but Hanauma is a great lower cost snorkel option on the island. I'm sure there are some other, less crowded beaches you can find if you have time or do your research.

Visited October 2012
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