Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 89%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 71%Adventure Travelers
- 63%Green Travelers
- 61%Budget Travelers
- 55%Local Culture
Member Reviews (133)
- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Jan 28, 2014
A beautifully shallow area protected to be preserved and sustained for the future, you are able to enjoy the beach or snorkeling. Open from 6am to 6pm the cost is $7.50 per person and $1 to park. Unfortunately I did not make it down there to say either way. Bits and pieces of memories from when I was a kid are not of much help. Good views can be seen from the the trail to the left or from the ridge above where you can hike. Both at no cost.
- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveDec 19, 2013
Prime spot on Oahu for snorkeling, even though it can get a little crowded. Not uncommon to see plenty of Hawaiian green sea turtles in the waters here. All newcomers obligated to sit through a 5-7 min video on the origins/rules before entering the bay.
- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Dec 11, 2013
Some of the best snorkeling in Oahu can be found in Hanauma Bay, a former volcanic crater and now a teeming reef. The state built a $30MM visitors center here, where you can learn about the bay and the sealife. The key draw is the snorkeling. We saw tons of big, brightly colored fish and a couple of turtles. The coral is in pretty good shape given than more than 1MM people visit here per year. The water is very shallow, though, and you are often floating in less than 2 feet of water, which makes avoiding the coral challenging at times. It can be crowded, so arrive early or you will have to wait to get in (unless you come in November, like we did, where the island is largely empty). As a nature preserve things here are tightly controlled. The beach is long and sandy, and the views are awesome! The walk down the hill to the beach is easy, but they offer a tram for $1.00 if you have a lot of stuff (or kids) to carry.
- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveNov 18, 2013
One of the most beautiful spots on the island. You have to view a short video once/year before you enter the park due to education of the public about preservation concerns. Parking lot fills up quickly, but it's well worth the trouble. People of all ages can snorkel in the calm, clear waters.
- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 5Dec 25, 2013
Mainly tourists but locals grew up going to this place when it was open and free -- still love it and it's great to see Hanauma Bay managed with preservation in mind. Snorkeling is a must here so pack your swim wear, snorkeling gear (rentals available), and get there early for parking.
- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Oct 24, 2013
A beautiful bay with aqua marine water colors, clean and nice beach for the family, and good snorkel spot. It's a short drive from Waikiki, admission is $7.50 for non-resident, free for kama'aina with ID. You watch a short 2-3 minute ocean and marine life safety video before you get to the beach. There are gear rentals and restroom facility. If you don't want to walk up and down the steep hill, you can buy a trolley ride.
- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveOct 20, 2013
Another great place for first-time visitors to Oahu to put in their vacation plans, especially if you have kids. This state-sponsored nature preserve is a gorgeous place to go snorkeling -- like being in an underwater fish bowl! Tips: The park is closed on Tuesday. Show up very early in the morning when the water hasn't been stirred up by other snorkelers and just as importantly, to avoid being turned away when the parking lot fills.
- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 5Oct 18, 2013
Hanauma Bay is also easy to reach by bus in about 50 minutes from Waikiki Beach. (we did not rent a car in Oahu). When you arrive, you have a beautiful view and this is one of the best Snorkel spots I've ever seen!
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- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveSep 13, 2013
Of all the things we did in Hawaii this was one of our favorites.
People will tell you that you can get better snorkelling other places on the island, but this place was great. The kids loved and and were able to see lots of fish. The color of the coral was muted because of all the sand but it is a great place to introduce people to snorkelling. We spent 5 hours here.
Remember to bring a picnic if you can because it is a long hike back up to the snack bar.
And you can rent all your snorkelling needs on site.