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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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“beautiful bay”(312 reviews)
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A perfect snorkeling spot.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825-2005
+1 808-396-4229
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Reviewed today via mobile

Beautiful water, unspoiled but busy! Do you surf or know how to Scuba? Do it only with a knowledgeable buddy!

Thank Strykerct
Reviewed yesterday

This is a must-do for anyone visiting Honolulu! We came here for approximately half a day to swim and snorkel. The beach is incredible and the water is calm, warm and reasonably clear. If you want to snorkel, this is the place to do it....More

Thank Jess M
Reviewed yesterday

Go early and you have the place to yourself... get there when the gates open, it is a great experience!

Thank Randy G
Reviewed yesterday

We stopped at the overlook after snorkeling earlier in the week. A Hawaiian monk seal had pulled itself up on the beach but people were leaving it alone. The surf was very strong and snorkeling was not good. The area, though, is absolutely beautiful!

Thank Mindi L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited on a Sunday and it was relatively busy. The water was lovely and warm but the clarity was very poor. For those with children the current is strong so keep an eye on them. Beautiful spot.

Thank Maggie L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The water is crystal clear. If you can swim then go snorkeling. Come early and stay late cause the water looks different at all times of day. Great place for photos as well. Bring snacks cause the snack bar is farrr. Enjoy!!!

Thank Alisa N
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beware the bus is full in the mornings and will not stop along the waikiki beach bus stops especially near the zoo ; go catch the bus down at Fort Russey 1st stop if wanting to get to Hanauma bay early .. you will thank...More

Thank janneli1966
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A lovely place to visit. Was there at 640 in the morning. Didn’t get busy till 10. Took the bus back which was crazy would Uber back in future. It’s great that they are trying to help the marine life. Little in way of coral...More

Thank B W
Reviewed 3 days ago

I used to go to Hanauma Bay back when it wasn't so regulated. This time on Oahu I went with family members who had never been before. Although the movie brief you had to go through before going down to the beach was a necessity,...More

Thank Shortwtch
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful bay, beautiful day. Honor the natural environment, swim with the most colorful fish on the island, and enjoy nature at its best! They offer snorkeling equipment and small lockers for a price. Avoid bringing large backpacks because they won’t fit, or just bring your...More

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Angie C
17 August 2018|
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Response from TravellingGs | Reviewed this property |
We left our phones and wallets in our backpack on the beach and felt very safe.
William M
11 August 2018|
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Response from Kelly D | Reviewed this property |
There was a large parking lot but it look as pretty full when we got there. I'd imagine of you went early you could get a space. The bus or an uber would be just as handy.
9 July 2018|
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Response from Seattle60Gary | Reviewed this property |
There is a bus. Goes around the island. I think it is 55