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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu

Categories: Beaches, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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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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  • So... this beach is ok. Upon arrival, we had to pay admission ($7.50 per person) to access the beach, and then had to watch a 9-minute video on proper beach etiquette in regards to the local wildlife ...  read more »
  • There are a lot of fish and coral and because of the nature of the structure on the bottom its sheltered from the big waves, which to me is the best part for being able to enjoy it. Even better is its...  read more »
  • The most beautiful Bay of Honolulu, with the best snorkeling on the island! Worth every penny and every minute! Better with sunny day open (cold water and improves the quality of the ride). We will return! Very beautiful
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  • This is the number one tourist attraction in Hawaii and rightfully so, it's a beautiful place to go snorkeling. Just plan ahead. Closed on Tuesdays. Parking may get full sometimes, so get there early. Parking will cost you $1 (free if you're cycling, using a moped or walking in). Entrance fee is $7.50 for tourists and free for Kamaaina (locals) and military. Oh yeah, you have to watch a video as well. Other than that, snorkeling here is awesome. I go at least 1-2 times a month.
  • This is without a doubt the most beautiful water I have ever seen. When you walk along the path down to the bay you are greeted with an overhead view of the reef below the water which beckons you to come closer and experience what Hanauma Bay has to offer. All first time visitors must go through a briefing before being allowed to enter the bay. This is to protect the environment as well as educate on what you are about to experience. Spend the day snorkeling or read a book under a large palm tree. As with all Oahu beaches, there are families and tourists everywhere but the serenity of this natural volcano made bay brings you in and massages you soul with relaxing sounds, eye-watering views, and warm sensual waters. A must see when vacationing on the island.
  • It's really nice that they've tried to preserve this. The informational video that they play before you go down to the bay was nice. The lady presenting it was very friendly and accommodating to the handicap or pregnant women who needed seating. The walk down to the bay was nice you could either walk or pay for a trolley down. The snorkeling part was fun as well we saw many fish and corral. You could definitely tell that the ecosystem has changed from what it used to be, now that it's taken care of properly hopefully it starts to thrive again like it once did.
  • A lot has changed here. $1.50 for the parking. $7.50 to actually get into the bay. Everyone must watch an informational video that shows the dangers of touching the coral reef and pollution before going in. When I was here back in 2009 the bay was clean and the water was crystal clear. There were tons of fish in the ocean and it was teaming with life. Now the bay is overcrowded with people and you can hardly go into the water without bumping into someone. The water is now murky and there's a noticeable amount of fish that are now gone. Beach is littered with disgusting trash and pollution. It's such a sad sight to see this once beautiful bay full of life now being depleted and damaged by careless people. With the amount of money they make from entrance fees they should hire people to patrol the bay and catch people throwing away trash and do cleanups. Hopefully they can make improvements and save this place.
  • Beautiful snorkeling site, lots of colorful coral reef fish, occasional sea urchin, all within 30 minutes drive from Waikiki hotel and very accessible to inexperienced snorkelers. Parking was full at 9 am but reopened half an hour later. On site snorkeling gear rental opens at 8 am so if you start early, you may want to bring your own gear. Rental rates in the park are slightly more than what I could find in the area.
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