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Hanauma Bay State Park
Hanauma Bay State Park

Hanauma Bay State Park

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Outdoors, Beaches and Watersports, Snorkeling, Beach, Popular
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7455 Kalanianaʻole Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96825
(808) 396-4229
https://hanaumabaystatepark.com/
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Hanauma Bay is easily home to the best snorkling in Hawaii thanks to a strict effort to preserve this last remnant of Oahu's once sparkling reefs. By "strict effort" I mean they make you watch a video ... Read more
about how to not damage the coral and disturb local wildlife before you are permitted entrance. This minor inconvenience is justified when you notice how pristine the waters here are. Speaking of inconvenience, plan your excursion to this beautiful beach carefully, as parking fills up fast and when that happens they close the gates. If you do roll up and find yourself turned away, don't call it a lost day just yet. Continue along the highway towards the east coast and you'll come to Sandy Beach and eventually Makapuu Beach, both of which are exciting beaches that will hold you and yours over until you get another shot at Hanauma Bay.

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Local from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Hanauma Bay is the perfect place to begin snorkeling. The Bay is a protected wildlife area, so the sealife is incredible. You can swim out there for hours and still not see every kind of fish. The animals are also accustom to humans, so getting up close and personal with them is not difficult at all. Just don’t touch anything.

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Sunnyvale, California, USA
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If you have time to come here to snorkel, it's one of the top-ranked spots on Oahu. You pay $7.50 for admission and you have to watch a quick 10 minute video as an "orientation." You can then take the tram down or walk down to the bay (the tram costs money each way, so take the walk if you can). They have a snorkel rental shop. You can also just sun bathe or go swimming.

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Local from Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA

Over crowded but great place to see loads of fish. If snorkeling. I love to go to three tables in Pupukea

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Local from Haleiwa (North Shore), Hawaii, Vereinigte Staaten

woderful bay, with an incredibal reef. sadly some tourist walks on there (mostly asian people)

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Quezon City, Philippines

Honolulu's best snorkeling place. Wide varieties of sea animals can be viewed even at a shallow point. Really amazing for the city to have preserved this site. Snorkelling gear can be rented if you came without your own.

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A nature preserve and state park. A collapsed volcano with protected white sandy beach and perhaps the best snorkeling on the island. The park is open 6am to 7pm. Note park is closed on Tuesdays. Highly recommended.

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Foster City, California, USA

It costs $7.50 per person to enter the Hanauma Bay, where you can snorkel and the equipment is available there for rent.

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Rio Linda, California

What an incredible place! This old volcanic crater has become the home of many exotic fish and coral. Don't forget to bring your snorkeling gear and sunscreen and get ready for some under water fun!

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London

Beautifully maintained and protected. Great snorkeling and extremely clean! They really take the protection of the reserve serious and I like that. There is a quick video to explain safety and preservation. Loved it!

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Palo Alto, California

Great place to look at some reefs and the fish will come right up to you, like any marine preserve or coral reef. It's really crowded though.

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Chula Vista

The place opens at 6 am we got here shortly after so parking was free as was our entrance!!!

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Pleasanton

It was wonderful! A little rain but that's fine, low visibility as well but once we got away from everyone it was perfectt! Definitely going back.

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Very nice place to take the family, taught my 9 year old daughter to snorkel there, lots of beautiful fish, overpriced on snorkel gear rental $20 for fins, mask and snorkel. $9 for just fins. But overall worth it i think. Just do the walk down and up, not that bad my 5 year old did it without problems and as many calories as I have consumed in Hawaii I needed the exercise. Definitely not the best beach for just playing in the water but snorkeling was great.

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Hanauma Bay is great for snorkeling and seeing the east side of the island.

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Garden Grove, California

Great place to learn about shallow reef fish - it's like swimming in an aquarium! Too crowded for me, but the place is undeniable beautiful. Please take care NOT to touch, walk on, kick, or disturb the reef. People are inadvertently killing the coral reef by walking on it, "swimming" over it when the tide is too low, stirring up sand and sediment, and using toxic chemical suncreens. Bring a flotation mattress or boogie board to float over the reef. use only zinc oxide or titanium oxide sunscreens or wear long sleeve rash guard and tights, or lightweight dive suits.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Cost $7.50 to get in. $1 to park. Make sure you get there kind of early if you want a parking spot!!!! Such a great place to snorkeling, the coral is breath taking and you we see sea life that you can't find any where else the in the world. The beach is also very nice, clean with fresh water showers and a food stand available. You can spend a whole day here!

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Very peaceful. High concern for preserving the reef and coral as one would expect from a preserve.

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What an experience! Get a snorkel set from Walmart and see some beautiful fish close up... Get there early to avoid waiting in a long line. Take food there. Very expensive to buy food from the snack shop. Steep walk down and back. We caught the small trolley back up for $1.25... Kids 13 under free.

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San Francisco, California, USA

I've been coming here since I was a kid - and it's changed a lot, for the better: they make people aware of the importance of respecting the park as a nature preserve. You must pay a fee and watch a video before entering the park. Snorkeling is what people do here - slather on that sunscreen (your back will get burned if you don't!) and check out the views of turtles, tropical fish, and other underwater wildlife. Don't walk on the coral!!

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Santa Cruz, California, USA

Great for families but I felt that was at Disneyland instead. You're required to watch a 10 minute video before you can get to the beach and there is security everywhere, just a little too much for me.

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