Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu

4.4
#1 of 544 in Wildlife 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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  • It's a beautiful beach, and it's definitely worth going to, but if you go by bus, there's a pretty tough thing to do. ♯ 22 buses will take you there, but there is only one flight per hour, and it is always full. If you don't get on from the first bus stop (♯4352, near the Gateway Hotel), you'll never be able to sit down. On the way back, you can sit on the same bus as you came, go to the end point of Sea Life Park, and take the return flight as it is. But even with a little trouble, it's a scenic beach worth going.
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  • So stunning and so good for snorkelling !! It is a must if you go to Oahu !!! ❤️ensure you bring snorkel gear !!!  more »
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  • Had a great time snorkeling here for around four hours. Tons of fish to see. Yes, it’s touristy, but that’s because it’s beautiful. They have snorkel, mask, and flippers available to rent for $20 and lockers for $10/$12 depending on the size. Great view of the coral when you’re walking in. Highly recommend. Tons of fish. Wonderful bay. It obviously gets crowded but it's not really a problem. Just PLEASE don't step on the coral. Bring a life life vest and wear it even if you are a good swimmer. Shallow reef so life vest helps. Also some areas have a little strong current but it is clearly marked.
  • Lovely place. Beautiful small beach. Great for snorkeling. I love the shuttle from the top to the beach and back and fort. It cost 2.00 per person but is worth it. Family with children and seniors will enjoy this nice trip.
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