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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. 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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  • Bring toys, snorkel, life jacket for younger ones. Cannot touch the ground or racks. It is against the rules for the eco system to survive. Pack food or you will bag $5.00 for a bag of chips... 
    Bring toys, snorkel, life jacket for younger ones. Cannot touch the ground or racks. It is against the rules for the eco system to survive. Pack food or you will bag $5.00 for a bag of chips...  more »
  • Snorkel expectation...keep those very low. If you don't have a reservation, you end up on a 'waiting list', and can wait for hours, even if you get there at 8 am as we did. Nice beach, good... 
    Snorkel expectation...keep those very low. If you don't have a reservation, you end up on a 'waiting list', and can wait for hours, even if you get there at 8 am as we did. Nice beach, good...  more »
  • We stopped by at 640am in August 2022 only to see that the parking lot is already full. And we had reservations. There is no alternative parking so you have to park along a super busy street... 
    We stopped by at 640am in August 2022 only to see that the parking lot is already full. And we had reservations. There is no alternative parking so you have to park along a super busy street...  more »
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  • You need advance reservations and it costs $25 per person to get in.
  • Must visit spot in Oahu be sure to snorkel here
  • The beach is beautiful but the coral is nothing impressive
  • Parking was full by noon Sunday. Never got to go.
  • Came at 2pm on a Tuesday. Park was closed.

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