Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 93%Family Travelers
- 80%Adventure Travelers
- 72%Green Travelers
- 63%Budget Travelers
- 55%Local Culture
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- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Jul 16, 2013
Hanauma Bay is synonymous with snorkeling on Oahu. It's indescribable to swim with so many fish surrounding you, as if you were being strewn with colorful ribbon. I recommend getting some cheap underwater shoes before going in, as some of the coral can be sharp and there are apparently urchins around. Shoes will take a bit off your mind so you can focus on the beautiful fish.Recommended for:
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- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveApr 30, 2013
You have to come here to see how Hawaii is truly a paradise!!
Perfect place for snorkeling!!
If you are going from Waikiki, take a texi, sometimes you can find a price of 5$ per person. When you want to go back to Waikiki, take the 22 bus, it'll be like a sea shore bus tour!
- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveApr 29, 2013
It is an absolutely beautiful place to visit. The beach is spacious and there are lifeguards. You have to watch a short film before entering the bay to inform you on how to preserve the reef and stay safe. Basically don't touch or stand on it. Snorkeling is amazing here. Soo many fish! In the shallow areas the reef comes up pretty close to you so be careful not to scrape a knee. Bring your own snacks cuz the closest place for snacks is at the top of a very steep hill.
- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveApr 19, 2013
Beautiful for snorkeling. Go in, watch the safety video, and in about half an hour you're on your way snorkeling. One thing that most people overlook is just sitting on the beach here, it's not as deserted as the north shore but way better than Waikiki in terms of crowds.
If you didn't rent a car, you can get here by bus, but it takes practically forever.
- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveMember ofFoodiesMar 15, 2013
Many people will ask the question: "Where should I go when I visit Oahu?" I'm glad there's an app like Gogobot for you to pull up on your smart phone so you can see all our suggestions. I've been visiting here since I was a kid and although it's not what it use to be (less crowded, less touristy, and no cover), I still make a stop here every time I visit the islands. You can drive here or pay for the shuttle service which usually includes the gear for cheap. Cover is now $5 which goes towards their preservation. You watch a little video and then you're on your way. If you've already watched the video in the past year then you get to skip it. They now have an exhibit as well on the history of the bay. If you have the leg muscles, trek it down and back up the hill so you can get a bird's eye view of the whole bay and it's quite breathe taking! Clusters of coral reef surrounded by pristine blue water. Your imagination runs wild with anticipation as to what lurks in the reef! We always like to go all the way to the end of the bay where there's more shaded palm trees and less people. They don't really serve food here so I'd pack a picnic and make it a whole day adventure. Hanauma Bay is the best place to snorkel in Oahu. You only have to go out a couple of feet and you'll already see colorful fishes. Each time I snorkel, I'm lucky enough to run into a turtle and I'll follow him or her around. In the past they let you go out farther, but these days you have to stay within the swimming area, probably due to the increasing waves. If you're brave enough to venture out far then you'll see even more sea life! I remember swimming out far and watching the school of fishes circle around me below. It's a sight that only so many can be fortunate to experience in their life time so if you're making a visit here, be sure to make it worth your while!Recommended for:
- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Feb 15, 2013
This place is amazing. For my first time ever snorkeling, it couldn't have been better. Beautiful coral and incredibly colored fish all around you. Pretty cheap to rent snorkel, goggles, and fins all for $12 per person.
- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 2Dec 30, 2012
Stunning reefs, huge variety of fish and one of the most friendly places to lounge by the beach and experience the wildlife of Hawaii. Can be a bit crowded but calm waters and vast coral formations makes for some stunning underwater adventures and photo opportunities. Snorkel gear available for rent. There's an entrance fee associated as well as a orientation about protecting the wildlife. One of the best snorkel places in Hawaii
- Hanauma Bay Marine PreserveMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness TravelersFoodiesNov 04, 2012
Come for a snorkel here. $12 gets you snorkel and fins plus a mouth piece.
The beach is incredibly crowded and a great place for eye candy.
You're also required to watch a safety video before you go into the water as well.