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Honolulu and Oahu Sights

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

  • 7455 Kalanianaole Hwy. Map It
  • Hawaii Kai
  • Beach–Sight

Updated 03/04/2015

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Picture this as the world's biggest open-air aquarium. You go here to see fish, and fish you'll see. Due to their exposure to thousands of visitors every week, these fish are more like family pets than the skittish marine life you might expect. An old volcanic crater has created a haven from the waves where the coral has thrived. There's an educational center where you must watch a nine-minute video about the nature preserve before being allowed down to the bay. The bay is best early in the morning (around 7), before the crowds arrive; it can be difficult to park later in the day.

Snorkel equipment and lockers are available for rent, and there's an entry fee for nonresidents. Smoking is not allowed, and the beach is closed on Tuesday. Wednesday to Monday, the beach is open from 6 am to 6 pm (until 7 pm in June through August). There's a tram from the parking lot to the beach, or you can walk the short distance on foot. Need transportation? Hanauma Bay Dive Tours runs snorkeling, and scuba tours to Hanauma Bay, with transportation from Waikiki hotels. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking (fee); showers; toilets. Best for: snorkeling; swimming.

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7455 Kalanianaole Hwy., Hawaii Kai, Hawaii, 96825, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Nonresident fee $7.50; parking $1; mask and snorkel $12, with fins $20; tram from parking lot to beach $1.75 round-trip
  • Wed.–Mon. 6–6, June–Aug. open until 7 pm

Updated 03/04/2015


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Dec 15, 2013

Hanauma Bay Snorkel Tour

We went on the Hanauma Bay Dive Tours guided snorkel tour to Hanauma Bay. We did not have to wait in line to get into the park and the guide took us to where there were lots of turtles and schools of tropical fish. We highly recommend their tour.

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