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“Fun Beach Day” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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$92.00*
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Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour
Ranked #6 of 317 things to do in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A perfect snorkeling spot.
Wilmington, North Carolina
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Fun Beach Day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

Snorkeling was good. Large fish were a plenty .. As the day goes on the water seems to get cloudy. Parking was cheap and not an issue. Nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki

Visited December 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Over-rated, over-visited, over-explored”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

I thought I'd have a day of the most spectacular snorkling ever at Hanauma Bay. Not. What a disappointment. You'll see better fish populations feeding bread to the fish at Kapiolani beach park in Waikiki. I saw almost NO fish snorkling for two hours straight at Hanauma Bay. Not worth the drive, the parking nightmare, or the wait. If you must go just to say you've been, make it a half day trip to the visitor's center, but don't spend your entire day at Hanauma Bay. Despite the very knowledgable and friendly volunteer staff at Hanauma Bay, there are way better beach locations all over the rest of Oahu.

Visited December 2012
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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Absolutely Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

The view of the bay from street level is outstanding. I'm sure everyone who has been here has that picture. The walk down to the bay is not difficult, but when it's time to come back up, make sure you take the shuttle. You will see a short film about preserving sea life, mainly the coral reef. This film is mandatory, and a very good thing for people to see who have never been to Hawaii, or the islands. Especially beneficial for first time snorkelers, and children. The water was very clear, and there were plenty of fish to see. We ate lunch at the little take out restaurant on top, a little pricey, but good. I'm so happy that we had an opportunity to visit Hanauma Bay.

Visited September 2012
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Sydney, AUSTRALIA
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“Worth going once.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

It a bit of a drive from Honolulu and a long sttep walk down to the beach. There is a shuttle bus (for a fee) that will take you down the steep drive and back up again.

As regards the beach and the snorkelling, it wasn't too pleasant for us as there was an offshore breeze and visibilty in the ocean was poor. This is not a reflection on Hanauma Bay at all as several of our travelling party visited Hanauma Bay only a couple of days earlier and loved it!

Visited September 2012
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Average Town, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Go Early!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

This is a great place to take kids or weaker swimmers to snorkel. The beach is outstanding and the views are amazing. You are allowed to take food and drink into the park. I would recommend getting there early as the parking lot can full up, but definitely worth the visit.

Visited December 2012
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