Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu

4.4
#1 of 146 in Nature 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. Our Honolulu day trip app makes visiting Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and other Honolulu attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Only 2 things you need to know - go early and by early I mean 7am, and purchase the fins with your snorkeling gear. We tried on our 2nd day in Oahu and disregarded the reviews about going early and tr...  more »
  • Nice area but extremely over populated with people. Good parking available. You have to pay a $7.50 pp fee to walk down to beach.  more »
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  • Don’t be fooled into not going when you see how many cars are in the parking lot. We thought the place would be too full because of all the cars but it actually wasn’t bad at all. Most of those cars are just people walking around taking pictures. Once you’re down in the bay itself it’s not bad at all. Wife and kiddo had a great time. Saw lots of fish and have been raving about it since. Worth a visit for sure. Pricing is reasonable. You do have to watch an orientation video on your first visit but it’s worth it for your safety and to help preserve the bay.
  • We had a great time. We went during the week in the crowds were not bad. Very good snorkeling, lots of fish. Parking was easy during the week. I would imagine on the weekends it gets very packed.
  • Fun! Good for families! We saw beautiful fish swimming all around us! Snorkel gear rental is a bit spent, but if you're not skilled at this, there is gear to make it a little easier. Use sunscreen!
  • love this bay so much. We got up very early to go watch the sun rise on this beautiful beach, then snorkeled for awhile and once it got busy went to our next beach. We swam with incredible fish and loved people watching. Tourists are hilarious!
  • Like swimming in an aquarium! Tons of fish. The beach is beautiful too. Be sure to get there before 8 am. Parking fills up quick.

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