Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu

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#1 of 363 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. 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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  • August 14, 2017
    Had a great afternoon at Hanauma Bay snorkelling and taking some snaps! Really enjoyed it and let it be a must on your Hawaii trip!  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We spent a great morning there. Definitely recommend getting there on the early side. We left around noon and streams of people were coming in. We knew parking was limited so we used one of the shuttl...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We went to Hanauma Bay in August 2017 (a Monday so not too crowded) and we have taken their eyes! The site is really beautiful: the base former volcanic crater, the erosion of the sea has subsequently made his hole to create this Bay. The mandatory film of 10 minutes at the entrance of the reserve (the reef protection forces) will explain everything in detail! In short, the site is really Top to admire the tropical fish! All too beautiful than the other. We can approach them very closely, so it's really great! Also, in the bushes behind the beach, there are families of mongooses on the lookout for any food in public bins or on the floor... It's pretty funny as show especially when we've never seen :) - Parking $ 1 - entry adults $ 7.5 (free by late afternoon - as many boxes on our departure at 5 pm)-shuttle for descent-rise of the baie1, $ 25 (not very long walk) PS: Please do not stand on coral in the water like some! The site educates yet of the entry all tourists!
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  • July 6, 2017
    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!
  • June 30, 2017
    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
  • June 21, 2017
    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!
  • June 9, 2017
    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.
  • June 21, 2017
    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.

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