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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu

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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. Add Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve to your Honolulu travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Honolulu travel itinerary planner.
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  • Hanauma Bay is a beautiful nature preserve for fish, but it has risks. Please attend the video and safety presentation. The fish are in abundance around the coral. Beware of the full moon when jelly-f...  more »
  • May seem a little crowded but plenty of actual room to find yourself a spot. Snorkeling is easy and nice selection of aquatic life. Unfortunately some of the people did not quite understand "do not st...  more »
  • If you ever imagined what it would be like to snorkel in the absolute ideal place you could imagine, Hanauma Bay is the place to go. Because of its popularity and sanctity, please wear reef friendly s...  more »
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  • Wonderful experience here at Hanauma Bay! The hike down the hill is a little intense, so its totally worth it to take the shuttle up and down. The water isn't as clear as I hoped it would be, but its nice and warm and there's plenty of places to explore. It was pretty crowded when we went, but that's expected. I didn't run into anyone or anything. Definitely a must-see place if you visit Oahu!
  • Very cool. Saw lots of wildlife. Brought snorkeling gear from a nearby shop. Beach was clean. There was a lot of people. You have to pay $7.50 per person to get in. Parking is limited, and we had to drive by a few times, and kept getting turned away, and there wasn't very good places to park and hike in. After about 10 minutes they let people in because people are always coming and going. The security was rude. Where are actually get in, you have to watch a video about protecting the reef and wildlife. Overall, I would go back
  • Absolutely breathtaking views, there is a lot of diverse and beautiful marine life to swim around with. Clean, beautiful, and memorable. If you arrive before 7 you get free parking and free admission, and get to skip the movie they show you. You also beat most of the crowds. Water shoes are a must, and an underwater camera is highly recommended!
  • The best place to go snorkeling ever. Very well maintained and staff are great and very educational. Lots to do even if you don't snorkel. The movie you watch before you enter the park is very educational. It does get crowded lots of tourist and parking is limited so get there very early.
  • Best place to go snorkeling, hands down. It's a safe and clean area, and everyone knows not to disturb the marine life there, so all the fish are comfortable being up close to people! It's like swimming in an aquarium tank. I highly recommend going in the morning before the waters get too crowded with people.