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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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100 Hanauma Bay Drive, ueber Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825-2005
+1 808-396-4229
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A perfect snorkeling spot.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
100 Hanauma Bay Drive, ueber Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825-2005
+1 808-396-4229
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

As you descend down the hill to reach the bay/beach, you have a full view of the bay. Stop and enjoy it, take a picture. Don't take the trolly down, walk. The walk isn't long, at all. Snorkeling here isn't the best I've done but...More

1  Thank LoveSunshine82
Reviewed 2 days ago

I arrived early to go snorkeling and found the shop operated by Oahu divers. I had never snorkeled before so I purchased the basic package (Fins Glasses and snorkel). After a quick verbal lesson I attempted to snorkel but I kept getting water in my...More

Thank wwfirstbill
Reviewed 2 days ago

Didn't agree with having to pay for a swim. ($7.50, then parking $1). Have to sit through a video. Saw some pretty coloured fish. Coral was very underwhelming. Probably because I'm from Queensland, Australia and I am comparing it to the Great Barrier Reef. I...More

Thank phillipmarion2014
Reviewed 3 days ago

I visited the bay twice. The first time was very nice, I could see a lot of fishes even though the see was not very calm. Unfortunately it was cloudy and because of that and the sand the visibility in water was not that great....More

Thank Federica G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nice/clean beach, great snorkeling (altho we were there on a very windy day, so waves shook up the sand, making it not so clear to snorkel. Woulda went out farther, hadn't it been so rough of waves...really wanted the chance to see a sea turtle!),...More

Thank Cheryl C
Reviewed 3 days ago

Go early, take all your snorkelling gears and snacks and make a day of it. The Bay does get very crowded so be sure to go early. Be open to sharing the ocean with others and remember to take a rubbish bag for any garbage...More

Thank ashlee1808
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Hanauma Bay is trully stunning without question. Be aware you need to sit through an infomation sessikn before being allowed down to the bay which takes around 10 mins and you wait until there are enough people to do each session. There are better spots...More

Thank Scott M
Reviewed 3 days ago

Go early. No really, go really early. We were there at 7am and by the time we were done the place was about to be mobbed with busloads of folks coming in. The beach is nice, the scenery great...but if you are here it is...More

Thank richardmD375QE
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Loved snorkeling here. Best time to go is early in the morning. The water is clearer in the early morning because there aren't as many tourists. The tour guide who brought us had equipment for everyone. Watch your feet when you swim as the coral...More

Thank cheryl h
Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful view of the reef. If you want to can climb down to the turquoise water and snorkel. The park has fee per car to enter, worth doing to enjoy the park, picnic area available.

Thank lalocadr19
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Brooke B
20 October 2017|
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Response from juniverse79 | Reviewed this property |
yes there are lockers where you can also rent snorkeling gear
27 September 2017|
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Response from AZSkyKing | Reviewed this property |
Not sure what traffic will be like trying to get back to the airport but two or three hours is plenty for what you want to do.
27 September 2017|
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Response from car0lynbryant | Reviewed this property |
You would need to check what time it opens as you can't access the bay direct. Car park fills early also. You must view a 10 minute video before heading to the beach and the number of people viewing at one time is limited... More