Hanauma Bay

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7455 Kalanianaole Highway Honolulu, HI
Honolulu, United States 96825
808 396 4229
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Hanauma Bay is a nature preserve on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Famous for its abundance of marine life, this is one of Oahu's most popular snorkelling/diving spots but also has a beach for those who just want to enjoy the sun.

All visitors are required to watch a short video explaining the rules around things such as proper garbage disposal and treatment and protection of the marine life.
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It's about 10 miles east of Waikiki and easily accessible by car or bus #22 from Waikiki.

Last edited on Jan 14, 10 12:19 PM.
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First To Review: Brigit Z.
4.0 star rating
Jan 11, 2010
This is a great place for beginner snorkelers. It's easy to get to, with equipment rental right on the beach. You don't have to swim very far out to see a good variety of fish. Once I was watching a school of fish, then stood up and the water was only up to my knees. I've even seen turtles, but that is relatively rare for Hanauma Bay. The only downside is that is is very busy, so you should go early to avoid crowds. Since it is a marine preserve, you have to watch a video before going down to the beach.
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3.0 star rating
Feb 21, 2009
I enjoyed my trip to Hanauma Bay, but was disappointed in other people and their behaviour. Due to ignorant travellors and visitors, the reef is dead or dying. I was careful to not step or stand on any of the reef, but witnessed people actually diving from it and posing for photos on it. Shocking! I hope that one day this reef will see better days and more consciensious visitors.
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2.0 star rating
Jan 30, 2009
We were told this was the best place to go snorkeling on the island. Other than almost getting eaten by a really large fish it wasn't that exciting. Over crowded, cloudy water, and if the tide was out you didn't have that much water to swim in above the coral. I would skip it and head for the north shore where there are far less people and just as much fish and coral to explore.
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Sep 29, 2008
Hanauma bay is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to I went there when I was ten when my father was stationed in Hawaii,the water is crystal clear and the sealife of all different colours you see is amazing to look at I went snorkling there and it was great fun I suggest it to anyone who goes to the Big Island you wont regret it!
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Mar 27, 2009
Great place for snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach. Expect large crowds, so get there early. It's a nature preserve, so please be respectful of marine life and refrain from touching or walking on the coral. My husband and I were lucky enough to see a sea turtle while snorkeling!
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