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Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay Beach Park

Highlights:
  • Beautiful coral reef and abundance of marine life
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming & sunbathing
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Description:
Hanauma Bay Beach Park on the southern shores of Oahu was named the best beach in the United State in 2004. The beach is a protected cove with a stretch of white sand and tall palm trees. Because of the shape of the bay, the water is mostly kept calm providing ideal conditions for swimming and snorkeling and also making it very accommodating for kids of all ages. No surfing or body boarding is allowed on the beach. 

The curved bay had been declared a protected marine wildlife conservation area and underwater park in 1967. A rich coral reef extends throughout the cove and into deeper water. The marine life is diverse and abundant, making snorkeling and scuba diving, particularly fun and exciting. As a protected site, visitors watch a short video of the bay's history and wildlife before entering the beach. The bay floor  is the crater of an ancient volcano that flooded as the exterior walls collapsed letting the ocean water rush in.

The bay is often full and finding parking can sometimes be difficult. Most amenities can be found at the beach. Gift shops also provide the opportunity for obtaining souvenir. Non-Hawaiian residents have to pay an entrance charge of $7.50 dollar, which is waived for Hawaiian residents, children under 12 and active military persons. Opening hours of the beach is at 6:00 am daily with the exception of Tuesdays when the beach is closed.

As a protected marine conservation area, no fishing is permitted neither is it allowed alcohol on the beach or intervening with the marine life. The sun is quite blistering at the beach therefore it is recommended having sun glasses, sun cream and other such items.








 
Type:
Beach
Geological Feature
Features:
Bathroom
Drinking water
Equipment rentals
Food for purchase
Lifeguards
Lockers / storage
Parking
Picnic tables
Showers
Wheelchair access
Beach Features:
Scubadiving
Snorkeling
Swimming
Hours:
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Day
Time
Hanauma bayM, W, Th, F, Sa, Su6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Activities
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27
95
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162
59
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$
181
69
/ Person
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$
235
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$
256
42
/ Person
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Location
101 Hanauma Bay Road, Hawaii Kai, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States 96825
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15 reviews, 0 comments
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(4.5 of 5)
This place was depressing
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This place was depressing. I couldn't believe the complete disregard the other tourists had for the coral here. Flapping around with no regard for the coral and fish. The coral here is just a barebone of what it once was and looks grey and dead. The tourists stand on top of the coral when instructed not to. The experience honestly upset me. There are MUCH better places to snorkel on Oahu.
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Hanauma Bay and the reserve are great
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Hanauma Bay and the reserve are great.The husband and wife volunteer couple who show the required film, however are not. Anita is her name, and she is the biggest WITCH and should NOT be allowed to work with the public...she is a miserable person and treats guests like crap.
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It's nice
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It's nice. But I don't give a five star because the waters are not as clear as I imagined or expected based on people's testimony. But the it's worth the cost and I guess a must if you are here for your first time. The waters were warm and cold invariably. But not the clear blue waters. But I had fun.
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Highlight of our trip
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Highlight of our trip! Reasonable priced to enter, $1 to park & $7.50 per person. The tram round trip from parking to the bay is $2. Bring an underwater camera to take photos of fish and coral. Can get crowded and parking lot fills quickly, but as cars leave they do reopen it from the road, so if full and closed off just circle back till they allow you to turn in. Some areas are quite shallow, so ... morepull yourself along with your hands to avoid beating up your legs on the boulders and coral. But plenty of colorful fish to view in their natural surroundings. Wish we had spent more time there!!
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I went here last year around the end of April and i had a blast
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I went here last year around the end of April and i had a blast! It was super fun! I am from California so it was a thrill seeing the fish.
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A wonderful experience no matter what your skill level is
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A wonderful experience no matter what your skill level is. Beautiful, warm, sunny, & not over populated. If u really want to try something have a cabby take u to the beaches @ the base of Diamond Head. Only local use it & know off it. We only saw 1 other person there the whole time we were there. The beach is also made of Peridot from the volcano above. Snorkeling was fine.
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Recently went there with my family
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Recently went there with my family. The experience fantastic. We snorkeled with the many fish species, actually saw a moray eel and swam the afternoon away in an incredible natural setting. Get there early because parking can be a challenge if you do not get into the lower parking area.
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The gorgeous fish are all Pacific (not the Atlantic breeds) and are much more varied in
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The gorgeous fish are all Pacific (not the Atlantic breeds) and are much more varied in colors and shapes than any I ever saw in the Caribbean! The water is consistently clearer too. I rented a camera, but would now bring my own waterproof camera along with snorkel and fins. The place can be crowded some days but, in general, isn't too bad,especially for families. I'd never worry about sharks here, ... moreas the place is protected by a reef to keep the water calmer and easier to snorkel. We were glad we didn't go here until the end of our trip or we would have gone there every day.
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The second day I was in Oahu, I woke up bright and early to drive towards
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The second day I was in Oahu, I woke up bright and early to drive towards Hanauma Bay. Even though I thought I arrived early, there was still ten other cars in front of me, and the gate to to the State Underwater Park still closed tightly. 10 minutes till 7, an employee opened the gate, and the cars filed in. I stood in line for admission tickets; however, everyone was notified 10 minutes later by ... morethe park ranger that one of the lifeguards/rangers was late and therefore, we were all getting into Hanauma Bay for free (usually costs $7.50 per person). I was really excited about that and certainly ready for a fun morning of snorkeling and swimming. It took some adjusting to my new snorkel and mask at first, but then, I was cruising along, careful to avoid stepping on sharp coral and observing the colorful fish that swam near me, so carefree and relaxed in the early morning light. The view from the top overlooking the bay is gorgeous, with the blue-green water and coral reefs on one side and the lush green hills on the other side. The water is so clear and there are so many diverse tropical fish. If you're lucky, you can even swim beside a sea turtle. This is a great spot to go snorkeling and a wonderful culmination of preservation efforts. It's a gorgeous, gorgeous area that is fun and beautiful to look at from both the air and the water. Just be forewarned that it does get to be pretty busy and remember that the parking lot is small and spots fill up fast. You can rent snorkels, masks, and fins at the beach. Hanauma Bay is about 10 miles east of Waikiki just off the main coastal road, Route 72. During the summer, it's open daily from 6am-7pm. However, they are closed on Tuesdays.
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Great and cheap
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Great and cheap. Buy snorkels at Walmart and save cash. Water is calm and clear. Snorkeling is ok, I've seen nicer coral and fish in the Caribbean, but here they don't charge and you can just linger for as long as you like. Walk down the hill, it's a 5 minute walk and you don't have to wait for the tram ($2.00). Great place to visit with kids.
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Great time, no liquor, food or smoking, but if you want a good water adventure and
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Great time, no liquor, food or smoking, but if you want a good water adventure and great underwater life sight seeing them this is the place!
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It's an amazing place but becomes crowded quickly
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It's an amazing place but becomes crowded quickly. We saw a lot of fish there, but sadly the coral is in rough shape. We saw tourists standing and walking on the coral throughout the day. Please respect the environment there if you visit.
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This bay is one of the most beautiful, picturesque places in all of Hawaii
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This bay is one of the most beautiful, picturesque places in all of Hawaii. The water is a gorgeous shade of blue and on a calm day you can see beautiful fish while snorkeling. Unfortunately we went on a day when the surf was quite high so a lot of silt got stirred around, making it harder to see the fish, and the strong tides bashed us into the coral a bit so we had to call it quits early, but if ... moreI ever have the chance to go back on a day when the water is calmer I would definitely snorkel there again.
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Go before 7 am if you want hassle-free parking and potentially free admission
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Go before 7 am if you want hassle-free parking and potentially free admission. Otherwise, an amazing place to snorkel.
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Wonderful place to visit
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Wonderful place to visit! - most likely the best snorkeling on Oahu. Tip: Get there between 6 and 730 to avoid the massive crowd. Crowd really sets in thick around 9. Before 830-9 you should have no complaints while observing the abundance of fish (with no abundance of tour bus travelers). Don't forget to bring your own snorkel gear or pick some up on the way to avoid high rental fees. Also - no point ... morein scuba.
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