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“Decent snorkeling, beautiful scenery”

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure Half-Day Tour
Ranked #6 of 324 things to do in Honolulu
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A perfect snorkeling spot.
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Decent snorkeling, beautiful scenery”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

We thought we would spend only about 2-3 hours here but ended up spending all of our morning and a part of the afternoon. The snorkeling was decent but it was very shallow and crowded. The beach itself was beautiful and the views were spectacular. We planned on taking the public bus but were offered a cab ride with other tourists and got there faster. In the future, I would pay the extra money to take a cab, arrive early, 7am, and try to snorkel with less people. We got there at 9 am and waited on line for about an hour to get in. It was still an enjoyable experience overall but would be curious to see how better the experience would be with less crowds.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Spectacular setting, great snorkeling”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

We were told by a friend not to miss Hanauma Bay, and that was great advice. We loved that it is a nature preserve, and that visitors are provided information on preservation of coral reefs prior to getting to the water. The bay itself is gorgeous, and the snorkeling is some of the best in Hawaii. The number of people is limited by the size of the parking lot, which is also helpful.

Visited July 2013
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5 reviews
“Always a treasure”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

I've been going to Hanauma Bay since the early 80's. The most recent visit was so much fun for my young kids and everybody else in our family. Cost is only $7.50. Parking is $1. Tram is $1 going down and $1.25 coming back up. Water was super clear yesterday which made for awesome fish viewing. My 5 and 10 year old did not want to leave the water! Current was strong in the channels, so if you're not a strong swimmer be careful. No concessions at the beach, so bring water and snacks. Please don't feed the birds or fish and do not touch the reef! Mahalo!

Visited July 2013
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Richmond, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Best snorkeling ever!”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

I've been snorkeling in Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Mexico, and this is the best place to snorkel. Clear, calm, protected water, exotic and varied fish, turtles, etc.

Visited July 2013
Thank Patrick J
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

This is my first vacation that I snorkeled and this was really beautiful. A lot of people but it seemed as more came others had enough and were heading out. The shuttle down and then back up the hill was well worth the $2.

Visited July 2013
Thank cindys42
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