Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

100 Hanauma Bay Drive, Honolulu

4.5

Hanuma Bay Nature Preserve is a former volcanic crater at Eastern Honolulu. Nowadays this crater is the most popular snorkeling destination of the island. It provides unforgettable marine experience, suitable both for adults and children. You'll enjoy swimming in its clear blue waters, as well as exploring the underwater world of various fish and colorful reefs. You can bring your own masks and lunch, or rent and dine at place. The park has all of the facilities needed for your snorkeling day-off in the nature preserve. Marine Education center available at the area will show you a theater performance and several exhibits on the protection of the nature preserve.

Note that you need to preserve the ecosystem of Hanuma Bay, not litter or touch the fish and the coral. The Nature Preserve is open every day except Tuesdays. The entrance to the park costs $7.50 per person. However you need to pay additional fees for the shuttle and your expense at place. The shuttle ride round-trip costs $ 25. Those depart 3 times a day, at 7.15 am, 8.45 am, 10.15 am and stay for about 4 hours and a half.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    00:00 - 00:00

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Reviews

  • Thien Vuong

    4
    - 06 September 2018 -

    Beautiful scenery and fun snorkeling but don't expect much reef. Some nice fish there. 15 min video presentation was overkill though.

  • Alejandra Perez

    5
    - 05 September 2018 -

    Absolutely beautiful - a must do while visiting Oahu! I recommend you arrive as soon as they open- 7 am. After watching the video, head down and rent snorkeling gear. I got the premium one which ended up being $27 (snorkel with new mouthpiece, prescripted eye mask, fins). After getting used to the gear, explored all around and saw plenty of fish near the reef. It was amazing!

  • AZ Dust

    4
    - 04 September 2018 -

    Beautiful bay with decent snorkeling. There are crowds so it's best to go later or earlier. Awesome looking colorful fish and there are usually some monk seals hanging out on the beach. Bring your gopro.

  • Catherine Penfold

    4
    - 25 August 2018 -

    Not sure where some of those people rating this as a 1 went to, saying there's no fish. Fantastic spot, loads of fish, many you don't see elsewhere and monk seals that sunbathe on the beach. Didn't see any turtles but you can't have everything. Would be lovely if everyone observed the video and didn't stand on the coral but hey.....some people are special and rules don't apply to them.

  • Zoey Zoe

    5
    - 18 August 2018 -

    I miss this place so much. The water was a bit cold for being in Hawaii but the snorkeling experience was so amazing!!! You have to be able to swim since they don't provide any lifeguard

  • Keith Anderson

    4
    - 05 August 2018 -

    We snorkeled and saw lots of fish. A few as big as 10"-12". We also saw an eel. The beach is nice and there is a place to change clothes. You need to watch a 15 minute video to get in.

  • Apurv Mahajan

    5
    - 16 July 2018 -

    Beautiful place... Beautiful beach, amazing wildlife in the water and great for snorkeling in shallow water. Sunscreen is must. Arrive early if you want parking spot in Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, otherwise you can park 0.3 - 0.4 miles away on adjacent streets. You need to watch Orientation movie before you head down to beach.

  • Miguel Lara IV

    5
    - 08 July 2018 -

    Loved it. A seal was on the beach when I went. Great for snorkeling. You can see fish in the coral. One of the coolest places on earth.

  • angie pham

    5
    - 07 July 2018 -

    love this place for swimming and snorkeling! you can spend all day here. bring snorkeling gear or you'll have to pay a lot to rent. also need to rent lockers. very picturesque place.

  • Leyna Stuff

    5
    - 06 July 2018 -

    Snorkoling there was awesome! Such pretty scenery and crystal blue water. The fish were beautiful and extraordinary. I would come back ❤️

  • Devin Nee

    - 13 April 2018 -

    Best Place to Go Snorkeling. Closed on Tuesdays

  • Tamas Dober

    - 06 March 2018 -

    Can be quite crowded. Had to wait some time to watch a video.

  • Ana Silva

    - 16 February 2018 -

    It’s beautiful and tranquil. I got here around 0630 and there wasn’t many people at the park yet. Admission and parking was free before 0700. Bring your own snorkel or you can rent there.

  • Charley Ma

    - 28 December 2017 -

    Parking lot often gets full by 7:30am, park in the neighborhood near Nawiliwili St and walk up so you don’t get turned away! No drop offs allowed.

  • John C

    - 08 December 2017 -

    If you get there by 7am there is no Admission fee and parking is free!

  • John C

    - 05 December 2017 -

    Walk down to the beach instead of hitching a ride, there are spectacular views that you won’t want to miss.

  • Ailie Chang

    - 25 November 2017 -

    Get there at least by 8:30am on the weekend to get a parking spot. After a long day of snorkeling, for the $1.25 for the shuttle ride back up so you don’t have to walk it.

  • Ola Jarosz

    - 01 November 2017 -

    Bay itself is beautiful, but those who actually have some snorkeling/diving experience will be disappointed with their views. Coral is 95% dead (thus less varied marine life) and visibility is low.

  • Pamela Steele

    - 29 September 2017 -

    Must see and snorkel!!!

  • Pelin Güvenç Kefel

    - 09 September 2017 -

    This place is great for snorkeling! If you have the time and energy hike around the bay for some awesome views! You can see the reefs from above

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