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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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Always a fun day

Lots of fish. A monk seal swam within 6 metres of us to find a spot to relax on the beach. better to go at high tide as it makes snorkelling easier.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots of fish. A monk seal swam within 6 metres of us to find a spot to relax on the beach. better to go at high tide as it makes snorkelling easier.

Thank JAndrewsNZ
Huntsville, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our family went there to snorkel. There were a lot of families there with young children. Since this is considered a fabulous place to snorkel and see fish I do not see why families pay the admission price of $7.50 per adult to bring their young children. There is a lot of coral and kids can not go out very... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The snorkeling is great, but the lot is small and fills very early in the day. You can park in a neighborhood and walk ~3/4 - 1 mile uphill to get there along a busy road. You will have to watch a video before walking down and snorkeling. It gets crowded, and when snorkeling, no doubt, you will have people... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The first time we drove by, the parking lot was full. When we drove a way up the road, and turned around, the parking lot was again open. You drive in and park, then pay, then watch a mandatory video on preservation of the coral (what coral is left from tourists trampling it over the years). The beach was crowded... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was the first trip to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.The snorkling there is first rate. We saw tons of different fish,and the people are very helpfiul even when you have a handicapped person traveling with you. I don't know how they could improve on something that needs no improvement.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a nature preserve and only a limited number of parking spots are available so it helps to come earlier in the morning before it gets packed. There is a small fee to park and enter and visitors must watch a short video to introduce the park and your responsibilities in helping preserve the area. We rented snorkeling equipment... More 

1 Thank KristaWanderer
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Such a beautiful place. Went there so many times, in the 60s & 70s. Then it was free. And not nearly so crowded. I've even spent the night there, more than once. But you likely can't do that these days.

Thank davidV1642TR
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although we don't snorkel, my husband and I loved swimming here. It is a beautiful place not to be missed. A friend of ours did snorkel and raved about the amazing variety of fish she saw. The water is crystal clear and I can't recommend going here highly enough.

1 Thank rikaOK
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great time & the entire area very clean & well kept. Rental gear available. Parking is good if you arrive early. Tram runs roundtrip from parking to beach. We all had a wonderful time there.

San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

While the water is a little less clear than in the big island, this is a great place to snorkel. Tons of fish everywhere. There are also eels, turtles, etc. Just be mindful when swimming.

Thank Ashley S

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