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. Arrange your visit to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and discover more family-friendly attractions in Honolulu using our Honolulu day trip app.
Tours To Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Half-Day Tour (Dry Snorkel, Mask, Fins, Vest included) BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $26
Duration: 5 hours
Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $269
Duration: 50 minutes
Oahu Circle Island Small Group Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $136
Duration: 9 hours
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Reviews
Normally very touristy but worth a visit. Don't expect beautiful colorful coral but you do get clear turquoise calm waters in which to swim. The parking lot fills up fast. I suggest you drive a few... more »
Didn’t spend much time there because of the weather but it’s a great place to snorkel and sunbathe. There is an entrance fee but it’s worth the visit. more »
Get there early if you want to park there.
The fish was great. The coral however was washed white, not colorful. The scenery is awesome, with erupted volcano a while back. We always enjoy coming here.
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