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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu

Must see · Water Body · Wildlife Area
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. Arrange your visit to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and discover more family-friendly attractions in Honolulu using our Honolulu day trip app.
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  • We rented a car on 4 separate days especially to go here.. we couldn’t book tickets online so had to go early to try to get a ticket.. we never got one. Basically wasted 4 days plans trying to...  more »
  • Just wanted to give everyone a heads up. In the past, you reserved your entry time online but now during COVID, there is no reservation system restarted yet. When you arrive, you wait in line in...  more »
  • The bay is filled with fish and an excellent place to snorkel. It’s just a hassle getting there so early in the morning. And, if you miss your film time because you have to go to the bathroom you...  more »
  • Get there early if you want to park there.
  • The fish was great. The coral however was washed white, not colorful. The scenery is awesome, with erupted volcano a while back. We always enjoy coming here.
  • Amazing view, worth seeing, but overcrowded. Water shoes recommended.
  • Expensive! Nice view from up at the parking though
  • Beautiful views, pretty salty water, some coral reef, decent fish variety, but a terrible cafe.

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