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Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve

7455 Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, HI 96825
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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Ana M
    5 Jul 26, 2013

    We highly recommend hitting Hanauma Bay first thing in the morning. Before breakfast is best. 6:30-7:00 am you have the place to yourself.

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    Keane
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    5 Jul 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:Green TravelersFamily TravelersOutdoor Enthusiasts
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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Rick And Tamy D
    4 Jun 26, 2013

    Good Place for beginning to advanced snorkelers. If you are up on the North Shore, make sure to bring your snorkel gear to do the local snorkeling adventure at Shark's Cove. Less crowds and usually more fish to see.

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Paulette T
    5 May 28, 2013

    Hawaii's most popular natural preserve. Bring your snorkeling gear and be amazed at what you will encounter. Parking is limited, so go early!
    $7.50 entrance fee and $1.00 for parking.
    Open daily from 6:00am to 7:00pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Steve M
    5 May 17, 2013

    One of the most famous snorkeling spots in the world can be reached by a bus right next to the Waikiki Banyan.

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    John Ewalt
    4 May 14, 2013

    It offers probably the best place to snorkel on Oahu. The only problem is the time it takes to get there by public transportation, if the bus is not already full.

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Jim Barton
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    5 May 13, 2013

    Beautiful bay on the east coast of Oahu. One of the best places to go snorkeling on the island.

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Vanessa Du
    5 Apr 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!

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Heather Gilliland
    5 Apr 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.

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    Catharine Corder
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    5 Apr 27, 2013

    This was my favorite beach--very much worth the mandatory informational video you have to watch before they even let you close. Beautiful!

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    panda
    4 Apr 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.

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Karen Le
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    5 Mar 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:Family Travelers
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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Mike Pistilli
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    5 Feb 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.

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Ian Wang
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    5 Dec 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

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Christopher Markelz
    5 Dec 26, 2012

    Must do if your visiting Oahu. Try to get there early or stay till there are less people. Much more enjoyable and more fish. Found a couple of big sea turtles looking for dinner. Very cool.

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Vicky Thanh
    5 Nov 17, 2012

    Great beach to come out and do some easy snorkeling. Parkin is limited and it fills up quickly so come early. Snorkel gear is available for rent on the beach.

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Kimberly Harris
    5 Nov 06, 2012

    Went snorkeling every day while visiting during the winter holidays in 2008. So beautiful!!! The coral reef fish are amazing and the water is warm and calm.

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    Albert Qian
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    5 Nov 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.

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Aprile Rueppel Mazey
    5 Oct 18, 2012

    Beautiful place. If you like to snorkel than you need to stop here. Lots of fish. You have to pay to get in so bring cash!

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Keith Martinez
    5 Oct 10, 2012

    a beautiful nature preserve where u can snorkle and have fun while others can sit back and just relax while enjoying the serenity that envelopes the preserve

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4.5 out of 5
144 member's reviews
3,687 people visited Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
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    Apr-Sep: 6a-7p W-M, Oct-Mar: 6a-6p W-M
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    +1 808 396 4229 / +1 808 397 5840 (Education Program)

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Hanauma Bay is easily home to the best snorkling in Hawaii thanks to a strict effort to preserve this last remnant of Oahu's once sparkling reefs. By "strict effort" I mean they make you watch a video about how to not damage the coral and disturb local wildlife before you are permitted entrance. This minor inconvenience is justified when you notice how pristine the waters here are. Speaking of ... read more
inconvenience, plan your excursion to this beautiful beach carefully, as parking fills up fast and when that happens they close the gates. If you do roll up and find yourself turned away, don't call it a lost day just yet. Continue along the highway towards the east coast and you'll come to Sandy Beach and eventually Makapuu Beach, both of which are exciting beaches that will hold you and yours over until you get another shot at Hanauma Bay.

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