Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu

4.4
#1 of 542 in Wildlife 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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  • We visited Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve for a day of snorkeling and relaxation. The Bay is amazing. The view from above the Nature Preserve is incredible. Your adventure to the Nature Preserve begins w...  more »
  • Unfortunately we were not able to go all the way down to the bay, but the $1 or $2 parking fee was worth it to just see the view! Even my kids (8yo and 5yo) enjoyed it. We drove around the northern pa...  more »
  • Loved it! You’ll want fins and mask for swimming over reefs and marveling at fish. Arrive early (8am) for parking. Allow almost an hour to wait in ticket line, wait for film start time every 15 minute...  more »
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  • Had a great time snorkeling here for around four hours. Tons of fish to see. Yes, it’s touristy, but that’s because it’s beautiful. They have snorkel, mask, and flippers available to rent for $20 and lockers for $10/$12 depending on the size. Great view of the coral when you’re walking in. Highly recommend. Tons of fish. Wonderful bay. It obviously gets crowded but it's not really a problem. Just PLEASE don't step on the coral. Bring a life life vest and wear it even if you are a good swimmer. Shallow reef so life vest helps. Also some areas have a little strong current but it is clearly marked.
  • Lovely place. Beautiful small beach. Great for snorkeling. I love the shuttle from the top to the beach and back and fort. It cost 2.00 per person but is worth it. Family with children and seniors will enjoy this nice trip.
  • Hanauma Bay is a great spot to check out on Oahu. A 30 min bus from Waikiki will get you there. A spectacular bay seen from the elevated entrance. Beautify clear blue water with a coral reef protection from the windward sea. A great place to spend a day lazing on the beach. If you can bring your own mask and snorkel otherwise there is hire gear available. Plenty of interesting fish to see quite close to shore.
  • One of the best beaches in the area! Try to visit here and you won't regret it, it's all fun and relaxing. Family friendly beach, it's safe to bring kids.
  • Amazing swimming experience! I highly highly recommend swimming here! It was well worth the drive and the wait time! This is definitely a must for everyone!
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