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Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve

7455 Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, HI 96825
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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Viv
    4 Oct 09, 2012

    Perfect place to visit for a relaxing day on the beach and snorkeling. Great fish to be seen there! It can get crowded so you should go on weekdays or early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

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    Jacqueline Dixon
    5 Sep 27, 2012

    Great place to snorkel, in fact this was the first place I ever snorkeled. Warning It's a real walk from the entrance to the beach. I recommend paying the fee to take the trolley up the hill when your done

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    Heather Chun
    5 Sep 19, 2012

    So many fishies to see! But best to get there early when the crowds haven't arrived. It's a beautiful bay so, even when you're not snorkeling it's nice to kick it on the beach. Some areas of the reef are easier to maneuver and see fish and turtles in than others, so don't be afraid of swimming around.

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    Belinda Ma
    3 Sep 17, 2012

    Uber-crowded and extremely popular snorkel spot. Rent snorkel gear elsewhere and bring a little fish food or rabbit pellets for some stellar snorkel moments. Be forewarned however, that unless you come very early, you will see many more tourists than exotic fish....

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    3 Sep 12, 2012

    Super touristy and the reef is dead, but the beach is white and sandy and there are an amazing number of tropical fish swimming around. Go early to beat the crowds.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    5 Sep 11, 2012

    The Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve is a great place to snorkel, especially if you are a beginner since it never gets that deep. I went on the way back from visiting Diamond Head.

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Shaina Herman
    5 Aug 02, 2012

    Hanauma Bay bursts with underwater sea life. Whether it's calm or rough you are pretty much guaranteed to see cool fish, coral, maybe even a turtle. You can rent snorkels and fins or bring your own. There's an entrance fee, but once you realize they are down wonders to keep this area of Hawaii pure you'll be happy to hand it over.

    Be prepared for a 9 minute video before you can set foot on the beach; let it add to the anticipation of the underwater adventure.

    By bus it takes quite a while to get to from Waikiki and it only runs once an hour. It's worth it to grab snacks before you head there and make at least a half day of it.

    http://www1.honolulu.gov/parks/facility/hanaumabay/

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    travel33
    5 Jul 28, 2012

    I'm not a swimmer but I love to snorkel, especially in Hawaii. I've been to the great barrier reef out in Australia which was beautiful as well but Hawaii is much easier to get to (at least for west coast Americans). Hanauma Bay isn't too far from Waikiki and you don't need to take a boat out, you just head into the water from the beach and bam, there you are. You will see beautiful corals and so many types of tropical fish. Fun times!

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    Kelly G.
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    3 Jul 12, 2012

    As a local (via state ID), Hanauma Bay is a nice place to snorkel. Lots of tourists, and remember you have to attend a short orientation that reminds you to be careful about the coral and preserving nature! Closed Tuesdays.

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Wayde's World Hawaii
    4 Jul 08, 2012

    Hanauma Bay, Oahu's Nature Marine Preserve is one of those MUST GO TO PLACES if visiting Oahu. At one time Hanauma Bay was being heavily abused, there had been feeding of the fish and the reef was being utterly destroyed by the tourists who had been walking on it...IT COULD NOT GO ON ANY LONGER! Since new laws have been put into effect on how many people may enter the park and a visitor center with a MUST WATCH video for tourists things have become MUCH BETTER for the wildlife and growth of the Reef that had been destroyed over the years. Still till this day it is still recovering from the destruction of over feeding and Walking on and killing the Reef. This place use to always be packed and the Locals just stopped coming anymore. Instead the Kama'aina went to Sharks Cove and 3 Tables which are right next to each other on the North Shore, but unlike Hanauma Bay which is year round, Sharks and Tables can only be used for snorkeling and scuba between May-September. After that the large North Shore Swells take over and unless you want to be pounded against the reef it's a bad idea to get near the place. Because Hanauma Bay is my backyard I love it here and also I'm very happy the state put in some new rules that make Hanauma so much better now, which had brought the Locals back. The Park is open 6am-6pm and is always closed on Tuesdays for clean-up. I'm glad the state limits how many people can visit the park each day now. I'm also happy they make visitors watch a video about the bay and the reef system. We have had some serious ignorant people in the past who didn't understand how a reef works in relation to the other beings in the sea and would not only walk on the living reef but cut out chunks to bring home! Always respect the Aina and the Kai. Make sure you leave wherever you are in the same condition as when you came. You guys will really enjoy this place and try to time it right with low tide, it's very important. When High tide comes in it's not as clear. Make sure you wear a scratch guard shirt because you will, I repeat, you will cut yourself in the shallows on the coral. Lets just say if it's a deep cut you risk a chance of a few things, Coral growing in you or staff infection can happen. Prepare yourself and be safe that way everyone has fun. Always remember when doing anything you are not use to doing seek knowledge, because knowledge is power and the more you have with you the safer you will be and the smarter choices you will make! If you do happen to get cut on your hands lets say (I wear gloves) you can put Hydrogen-Peroxide onto the cut and then some form of Polysporin ointment! The marine life is beautiful here, but it is still coming back to life. The Coral has clearly taken a beating over the years and is still growing back...as it does more fish come into the bay as well as Honu, Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles. You can see a few here in the bay, they usually can be found to the far left side of the bay swimming over the shallow coral and eating the algae.

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Sheley Lee
    5 Jul 07, 2012

    this amazing marine preserve has one of the best snorkeling sites on earth! within just steps of the shore you will be wowed by abundance of beautiful and exotic fishes and turtles. everyone of my friends reported seeing different types of fishes. feel free to bring your own snorkel gear or rent them on site. be careful with the jagged rocks/coral that can easily scratch your skin if the waves pound against you. otherwise, it's a must-visit spot on oahu.

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine PreservePro 2014
    Andrea L
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    5 Mar 12, 2014

    A beautiful place to snorkel. It's a big tourist attraction, and there are other places to snorkel, but it's pretty easy to get to.

    Help preserve nature by following the rules, not touching the coral and being very careful of where you step in the water.

    Bring a waterproof camera! The water is clear, the fish are colorful and the memories are worth it.

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    Maciek Wronski
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Awesome beach! One of two my favourite places for snorkelling!! Great fishes, reef is ok. Great beach, sand and water! Absolutely amazing!

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    Jenn Toy
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    This is a must when you are in Oahu. I recommend planning to go at the beginning of your trip because undoubtedly you will want to go back again before you leave!

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Dani Lombard-Treacher
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    I went here MANY MOONS ago - in about 1993. There were MORE FISH than you could poke a stick at. Apparently the fish population has been decimated since then due to tourism, so I haven't been back. Trying to leave this amazing nature reserve alone.

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    Van Le
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    beautiful!!

    used to be more fish and clearer waters, but still a great place to spend the day.

    tip: pack your own food to picnic on the beach, so you don't have to hike up for lunch.

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine PreservePro 2014
    Mel S Wong
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    It is touristy but it is also beautiful here. Beach snorkel is great here for both novice and experts. There are plenty of marine life here and it matters not if at shallow end or deeper waters further out. The water remains crystal clear despite the crowd, that is quite amazing.

    Here you come face to face with humuhumunukuapuaa , the colorful state face almost at every turn. Find a reef nook here and need not ever leave to see more marine life. Stay in one reef area and the fish will come to you.

    On the practical, there are facilities here for shower and changing. This is a great half day excursion from waikiki.

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  • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
    Grace Byun
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Love this place to snorkle! However, if you go, you have to pay an entrance fee and go in for a informative rule of the place. Then you can walk down or take a truck (you have to pay) down and up. There is a snorkle gear rental down there by the bay. It gets crowded, so the best time to go would be in the morning. Parking is limited when there are a lot of people. So go early!!

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    cece
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Get there early! People and parking can get crazy before 10am, especially on the weekends. Beat the crowd and get there by 8am! :)

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    Ingrid Katz
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Best snorkeling place and wonderful beach on this island. It is very crowded though and you have to watch a video before you go down. I think it is important and good so since there are many people who would just walk on all the corral which unfortunately has brought already lots of damage to it.

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4.5 out of 5
144 member's reviews
3,686 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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