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“Nice Fish, Nice Scenery”

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure Half-Day Tour
Ranked #6 of 331 things to do in Honolulu
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A perfect snorkeling spot.
Reviewed February 19, 2014

A lot of people say you have to get here early. We got here at 1pm and didn't have to wait an overly long amount of time for anything. In saying that, we caught the bus so we didn't have to find a car park or anything - the car park did look pretty full.

The day we were there was just at the start of the box jellyfish influx for the month so we were warned when we paid the $10 each that there were no refunds and that four people had been stung that morning already. We decided we'd come too far to turn back and went in anyway - totally worth it. Never saw a jellyfish, never got stung.

The water is nice and clear and the fish aren't timid, they'll swim right up to you. We had fun swimming in and out of the reefs, though I did get a little nervous at times that I was going to bump into them. Thankfully, I didn't! There isn't really colourful coral like there is in other places such as the Great Barrier Reef, but the fish are enough on their own to capture your attention.

Didn't see any turtles the day we were there.

You can rent snorkel gear. We rented one set and I had my own that I'd gotten for christmas in Australia, it was a $30-40 set and the rental set was actually better than mine, so don't be put out by the fact that it's a rental, they're good quality and in good condition. You do need to leave cash as a deposit though, so make sure you bring enough!

There are lifeguards, I thought it was all very safe, though you are responsible for yourself and how far out you go. There are markers in the water to show where the current gets stronger.

There aren't many sandy patches where you can stand up, not that you really want to, there are fish on the bottom too ;) and you CAN'T stand on the coral. Despite the fact that everyone is required to watch an education video informing you of this fact before you go down to the bay…people still stand on the coral. You feel a little incredulous watching them, but it just keeps happening all day.

We spent around 2-3 hours here. Would have liked to spend more time snorkelling after a break, but it was too chilly the day we were there.

Definitely worth a visit at least if you have time while you're on the island.

Thank Amy B
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

We organised to go to the bay with tommy tours at 7.30 in the morning. It was cheap and easy we did this within our hotel. The tour was $25.00 for the premium package which included, dry snorkel, flippers and transfer to and from the beach. There is a $7.50 charge to enter the bay, which includes a 9 minute video to introduce and educate you about the bay.

I'm glad we went early because it is a popular tourist destination. Unfortunately we didn't see any turtles but apparently they come every other day. We did see lots of bright colourful fish, and coral.

Recommend for family's, couples and people just looking for a nice relaxing morning or afternoon, who don't want to disrupt nature.

There are snacks available at the top for purchase, we brought a sandwich and some fruit, and that did us fine. You can hire lockers, which I recommend as whilst we were lying with our eyes shut, someone took the snorkel off of one of our goggles.

1  Thank Meghan M
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

This is one of the best places we have ever snorkeled. There are so many different types of fish. I advise getting there early in the morning, as it will get crowded by 11am.

Thank vivamex
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

We had a great time snorkeling here. Don't have your own gear? Not to worry- they have plenty available for rent. Parking can be a bit congested so carpool or arrive early in the day if you can.

Thank Ashley M
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

This has got to be the Best place on Oahu to visit... Very informative, Very clean,, Very safe for the entire family... We Love this place

Thank sara m
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