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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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“beautiful bay”(315 reviews)
A perfect snorkeling spot.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825-2005
+1 808-396-4229
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Reviewed today

Wow! This was a great experience. Withing a few feet of entering the water fish were everywhere. Got some great pictures & video while snorkeling in this beautiful bay.

Thank Kevin M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We booked a tour with Roberts Hawaii to see this magnificent scenery. I was a wonderful experience not to be missed.

Thank Janette A
Reviewed yesterday

A great natural amusement park. We grabbed a tour so we were picked up at out hotel and then dropped back afterwards so didn't have to worry about working out bus timetables. We did note that a number of buses were servicing this site. There...More

Thank irishkiwitraveller
Reviewed yesterday

We visited Hanauma Bay based off of snorkeling site recommendations and we were not disappointed. The variety and abundancy of fish was probably the closest I could get to scuba quality without strapping on a tank and gear. The highlight for us was seeing a...More

Thank Jarrett K
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Hanauma Bay is a beautiful place. Is it the best snorkeling around? I don’t think so. Is it really crowded? Absolutely. I enjoyed visiting but I feel the allure of Hanauma Bay is more than the actual Hanauma Bay.

Thank Ducksfan15
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I agree with the other reviewers that this place is nice so focusing my review on what you need to bring when visiting. Water shoe is a must, very rocky area. Bring your own snorkel gears as the ones the rent onsite are no good....More

Thank LCTXtraveler
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you don’t mind crowds, a visit to Hanauma Bay is a must see. Consider an excursion that includes transportation and snorkeling gear. You will start with an informative video presentation after which, you can hike down the road to the bay (a shuttle is...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Loved Hanauma Bay.. The views as you walk down to the beach are just breathtaking. Water so clear! There is a presentation you need to watch beforehand to remind everyone not to damage the reef. Unfortunately some tourists ignore this and step all over the...More

Thank celz
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a public beach area, so it's very crowded and very busy. There is no excuse for the long lines and slow processing to get into this beautiful location. We lost nearly 2 hrs standing in line just to pay to get in, then...More

1  Thank orccim
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to visit when you’re in Honolulu. We saw so many colourful fish and they are not at all afraid of humans. We rented snorkeling equipment there, which was pretty expensive but it was better than carting it back and forth...More

Thank tableau
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9 July 2018|
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Response from Seattle60Gary | Reviewed this property |
There is a bus. Goes around the island. I think it is 55
9 July 2018|
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Response from veronicamonell | Reviewed this property |
Lanikai Beach definitely, no current and less of a crowd. Parking is trickier though. You can park by any residential street it’s all public parking for the beach. The locals hate that lol. Another great snorkeling spot is... More
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5 July 2018|
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Response from Janny1951 | Reviewed this property |
It would be perfectly fine just make sure you wear water shoes as there are lots of rocks and fins can be very awkward unless you used to them.