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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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A perfect snorkeling spot.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825-2005
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Reviewed yesterday

The snorkeling there was exquisite and my family and I enjoyed it very much. It was a delight looking at different kinds of marine life and I am very happy that we took the time to go there. My one complaint is the amount of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank vbalasu
Reviewed yesterday

perfect snorkeling spot for every comfort level - multi-colored fish are 10 feet from the shoreline - the backdrop is an opening out into the ocean with two hills/mountains with crashing 10 foot waves - arrive early to try to see sea turtles- can be...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mark_Long_Island
Reviewed 2 days ago

You can reach the Bay by public transportation, about an hour + ride for $2.75 per adult. The scenery is gorgeous but it’s pretty crowded. They will make you watch a 10 minute informative video, so you should count this time + waiting time (which...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank averaveer
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

From atop, this is a beautiful bay with a picturesque reef water break and surf. To get there, you need to go very early in the morning because the parking lot fills up pretty quickly. If you are getting there by taxi, you may or...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank lubger
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We arrived at 8:30 and got through the line in time for the 9:00 (9 min) video that teaches you the history of the bay and asks people to take care of it and stay safe. The walk down the hill was not bad, but...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Sarah_SQ6334SQ
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Breathtaking view and amazing beach! A perfect location to visit and avoid the massive tourist traffic and relax & snorkel while on the beach.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank connellw2016
Reviewed 4 days ago

Despite having already visited Oahu, it was only on my last trip that we got to go to Hanauma Bay. This place is BEAUTIFUL. It was breathtaking and a newby snorkeler's (me) dream. You can see eels, seals, turtles, giant trevally's (apparently this is a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank wastefreetraveller
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful bay, such a treasure of nature. Bring your camera there are endless picture you will want to take.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank showlsmo
Reviewed 4 days ago

We arrived before opening and found out that if you do, you do NOT have to pay for either parking or the entry fee, you get in for FREE!!!! The Oahu Revealed book suggested going early on Wednesday as the park is closed on Tuesday...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Deb-Steelers
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a top place to snorkel. There is an admission price, however. You can pay $1 to park up above and just look and take pictures.

Date of experience: February 2019
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13 February 2019|
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Response from 232tmg | Reviewed this property |
It's such a popular destination for both locals and tourists the time of day is a better way to gauge the crowd. We have been there during the week and on the weekend and equally busy, earlier in the day seemed to be less... More
11 February 2019|
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Response from jacculler | Reviewed this property |
I haven't read anything about snorkeling vest deaths, but they seem like a good option to wear to safely enjoy snorkeling. A life jacket is meant to be used as a floatation device and will work to keep your head above water... More
4 January 2019|
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Response from Jess M | Reviewed this property |
Depends on your budget. There is a local bus (Route 22) that takes you out there but it can get busy and takes a bit longer. However it is $2.50 each way. We booked a van transfer which had equipment hire included. Round... More