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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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Address: 100 Hanauma Bay Drive, ueber Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825-2005
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+1 808-396-4229
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

A perfect snorkeling spot.

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Stunning bay with clear water and plenty of fish

Really is a beautiful bay, arrived about 715am and there was still a few parking spots available. Staggered entry with mandatory video to watch does hold up the crowds which isn't... read more

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Brendan D
Terrigal, Australia
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Terrigal, Australia
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Really is a beautiful bay, arrived about 715am and there was still a few parking spots available. Staggered entry with mandatory video to watch does hold up the crowds which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The inside of the bay is unfortunately now mostly dead coral from the masses of people who stand on it and kill it. Watch a... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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This was a great spot for sightseeing and snorkeling. Bring your own gear if you don't want to pay for a rental. The exotic fishes are beautiful so make sure your bring a camera or GoPro to take pictures. I would say to bring a floaty too so you are not treading water the entire time.

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Sydney, Australia
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This beach is what paradise looks like! We caught a 40 min bus from Waikiki beach which was super easy and we were greeted by one of the most stunning views I've seen. We were hoping to see turtles which we sadly didn't achieve, and being from Australia we have done better snorkeling, but I still feel like a visit... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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I remember going here 20 years ago and seeing tons of fish--big ones. I was back a few years ago and was disappointed then and should have known better. We saw very few fish, even after swimming way out beyond the reef. I asked someone who worked there who said that if you go out early in the morning and... More 

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Got there at 6:45 to get in for free since the park doesn't open until 7. Very beautiful. The water is very clear which is great for snorkeling. The beach is also nice, pretty palm trees. Go early to beat the crowds- and the entry fees.

Thank Olivia J
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BEAUTIFUL. There is a entrance fee - maybe like $2 but they refund it if you are there less than 15 min. Fee for snorkeling is around $8 and had long lines

Thank Therese A
Omaha, Nebraska
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Took the city bus ( Great way to travel when you don't have a rental car) out to the bay. The snorkeling is really good. Abundant amount of fish to see. My husband even saw an eel. The water and the bay were beautiful. Great beach to stretch out on. We brought our own snorkel equipment but they have rental... More 

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Stanwell Park, New South Wales, Australia
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Look the place is nice, snorkelling ok, but there is just way too many people here. Bring your own snorkel as you will pay a fortune to hire them here. $20 to hire a snorkel and fins for 2 hours is bit much in my book.

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Stunning! Don't visit Oahu without going here to snorkel even if you've never done it before you will not regret it and your memories will last forever.

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Yes sir!! This is a must do. You will love it! First there are several bathrooms, water, snorkeling rental, concession stands etc. you don't have to be overly prepared for this great beach adventure. $7.50 entrance fee per person. $1 parking fee. $3 round trip for the jeep tram up and back the Giant hill (this is no joke!) to... More 

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