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“Snorkelling in a wild aquarium”

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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$98.00*
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Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour
Ranked #6 of 321 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.
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Snorkelling in a wild aquarium”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2014

Takes about 30 min on the no.22 bus from Waikiki beach. These only run to the bay about one an hour at some times of the day, so can be a bit of a wait unless you get a bus timetable.
Some great birds to be seen on the way from the bus down to the bay entrance, including Java sparrows. Also, check out the waste-bins! On both our visits, we saw mongooses dipping in and out of the bins.
Entry was $7.50 each. There is a mandatory introductory video - a very good idea to help protect the reef. If you re-visit within a year, you can skip the video as long as you sign to say that you have seen it and it gets entered into their database.
Once down on the beach, it is possible to hire snorkeling gear- $5 for mask, $5 for snorkel. The reef is close to the shore and very shallow - it can be tricky not to graze it or yourself. The fish are many and various - it really was like swimming in an aquarium. I'm not a good swimmer or snorkeler, but I managed to see a lot of different fish, so was very happy. There are good, clean toilet and shower facilities. The sand is lovely to walk on and there is also grass to sit on if preferred to the sand.

Visited August 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Tour to HB........”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2014

This bay is for snorkellers. Once upon a time the coral reef was very close to shore. But over the years, due to neglect from authorities, tourists have "chewed-up" the coral near to shore, so thst now, they must snorkel further out to see their fish etc. It is a lovely site with a museum.

Visited September 2013
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Boston
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“Arrive early for a wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is a truly beautiful spot and a great place to snorkel. The coral reef is enormous and the variety and number of fish really amazing. A couple of tips: 1) Arrive early. We got there at 8:30 am and the parking lot was full by 9:00am. 2) Plan to wait. Although we arrived at 8:30am, because of lines to get in and to watch the mandatory video, plus the walk down to the beach, it was 10:00 before we were on the beach.

Visited August 2014
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Eagle Point, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Lov ed it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2014

This was the perfect place for a first time snorkeler. It was amazing and so easy. We were hesitant to try snorkeling, but it ended up our favorite day of our trip to Oahu.

Visited June 2014
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Houston
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“Beautiful beach for snorkeling.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2014

We really love coming here due to its amazing scenery. Especially for those who do not know how snorkeling and for little kids, it is a place to be for a beginner. The place will get very crowded later during the day so make sure to come early during the day.

Visited April 2014
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