Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu

4.4
#1 of 161 in Nature in Hawaii
Famous for its sheltered inlet of calm and clear turquoise water, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve protects about 400 different species of fish and attracts amateur and professional snorkelers from around the world. The bay is also a nursery for green sea turtles, which you may see nesting as you walk or swim along the coastline. You can rent diving equipment if you don't bring your own and spend a day searching for parrotfish and coral. The preserve's regulations prohibit touching or walking on the coral heads, which often resemble large rocks on the ocean's floor. Keep in mind that touching or brushing up against coral or marine rocks may also result in serious wounds. Our Honolulu day trip app makes visiting Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and other Honolulu attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Only 2 things you need to know - go early and by early I mean 7am, and purchase the fins with your snorkeling gear. We tried on our 2nd day in Oahu and disregarded the reviews about going early and tr...  more »
  • Nice area but extremely over populated with people. Good parking available. You have to pay a $7.50 pp fee to walk down to beach.  more »
  • But if you are also on other islands: there is nicer snorkeling with less people and for free. The mandatory video is meant for people who don’t care. But they don’t care anyway: I never saw so much t...  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful - a must do while visiting Oahu! I recommend you arrive as soon as they open- 7 am. After watching the video, head down and rent snorkeling gear. I got the premium one which ended up being $27 (snorkel with new mouthpiece, prescripted eye mask, fins). After getting used to the gear, explored all around and saw plenty of fish near the reef. It was amazing!
  • Beautiful scenery and fun snorkeling but don't expect much reef. Some nice fish there. 15 min video presentation was overkill though.
  • Beautiful bay with decent snorkeling. There are crowds so it's best to go later or earlier. Awesome looking colorful fish and there are usually some monk seals hanging out on the beach. Bring your gopro.
  • Not sure where some of those people rating this as a 1 went to, saying there's no fish. Fantastic spot, loads of fish, many you don't see elsewhere and monk seals that sunbathe on the beach. Didn't see any turtles but you can't have everything. Would be lovely if everyone observed the video and didn't stand on the coral but hey.....some people are special and rules don't apply to them.
  • Beautiful place... Beautiful beach, amazing wildlife in the water and great for snorkeling in shallow water. Sunscreen is must. Arrive early if you want parking spot in Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, otherwise you can park 0.3 - 0.4 miles away on adjacent streets. You need to watch Orientation movie before you head down to beach.
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