Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu

Currently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
  • Address: 100 Hanauma Bay Rd, Honolulu, HI 96825, United States
  • Timings: 06:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8083964229
  • Ticket Price: 8 USD
  • Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Waterfront, Park, View Point, Walking Area, Family And Kids, Snorkeling
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About Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu

Hanauma Bay is a glorious and rich bay not far from Waikiki that is sure to leave any traveler absolutely stunned. The semi-circular shoreline is home to the diverse flora and fauna of Hawaii. The amazing park has some extremely rare and wonderful corals as well as marine species. 

There is so much to do at Hanauma Bay but snorkeling is a definite must. To see the live corals in all their vibrant glory are an experience that needs to be had. The variety in the species of fish is simply astonishing. A million colors; red blue, yellow, green and purple, make the snorkeling experience very memorable. 

There are several activities that you can take up at the park from hiking and trekking to plunging into the water. The water is shallow and it is a great place to safely take the kids. Hanauma Bay Nature Park is one of the attractions in 2 Days Itinerary Honolulu. Must visit this awesome attraction.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Information

  • Rentals stop being distributed at 4:30 pm for some water sports.
  • Purchase a disposable underwater camera to keep the memories of the brilliant things you see with you.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Ticket Prices

  • Locals with State ID: Free
  • Active Military: Free
  • 12 yrs and under: Free
  • Snorkel Set: $20.00
  • Parking lot fee: $1.00
  • Small Locker: $8.00
  • Large Locker: $10.00
  • Tram ride (down): $1.00
  • Tram ride (up): $1.25

How To reach Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve by Public Transport

  • Bus: Hanauma Bay Nature Park Station

Restaurants Near Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

  • Bay Rock Cafe
  • Subway
  • Teddy’s Bigger Burgers


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  • 53.62% of people who visit Honolulu include Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve in their plan

  • 64.91% of people plan their visit to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve between 07 AM - 08 AM

  • People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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93.38% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu Reviews

  • We were there to watch the sun rise. The Beach was clean and very easy to snorkel from. Sea life was beautiful as well as abundant. Great place for the family. Parking and admission to the beach was reasonable.

  • Amazing place to go snorkeling. Go early to avoid the crowds! Clear water is best!

  • “Hanauma Bay” is roughly 35,000 years old and is one of the “most popular tourist destinations on the Island of Oahu.” The word, “Hanauma” literally means “curved bay” and is sheltered from strong currents and waves, making it an ideal spot for swimming and snorkeling. The Hanauma Crater was created about 32,000 years ago during the Honolulu volcanic series. Wave erosion eventually cut through the low, southeast wall of the crater, forming the current bay. • In the 1930’s, the road was paved making it easier to visit the beach. • After the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, barbed wire was installed and a bunker was constructed for use by lookouts. After the war, the Bay reopened and became even more visitor friendly after blasting in the reef for a transoceanic cable provided room for swimming. • In August 2002, the Marine Education Center was opened where “new visitors” must watch a short film and receive instruction about conservation of the Bay's resources. “Upon watching the film, visitors are allowed to sign a form and skip any subsequent film if they should return within the following 365 days.” • In 2004 Hanauma Bay was named the best beach in America and considered one of the best places in the world for diving and snorkeling. Hanauma Bay sees an average of 3,000 visitors a day, or approximately a million visitors a year. The majority are tourists and the bay is closed on Tuesdays in order to allow the fish a day of feeding without interruption by swimmers. By law, visitors are required to refrain from mistreating marine animals or from touching, walking, or have contact with coral heads. There are roughly 400 - 450 species of fish known to inhabit the bay and is well known for its abundance of Green sea turtles. On clear days, the islands of “Molokai and Lanai” can be seen across the channel, and during the winter and early spring months, breaching humpback whales can be spotted from shore. “Did you know….” that Hawaiian nobility (Ali'i), used the bay as a recreational area by King Kamehameha and Queen Kaahumanu, who fished, entertained visitors, and sponsored games there. • “Along the left point is the “Toilet Bowl,” which is a natural spa tub that gently rises and falls with the tide. The Bowl has been closed due to injuries suffered by visitors.” Hollywood also got into the action with Hawaii-themed films and television shows, including Blue Hawaii, Paradise, Hawaiian Style, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Hawaii Five-O, and Magnum, P.I. TIPS” • Plan to get to the bay early. When the “parking lot fills up,” which on most occasions it does very quickly like in our case, you will be turned away when it is full. By getting an extra early start you will avoid long lines at the ticket booth and snorkel concession or bring your own and avoid the hassle. • Cautions: Watch out for the Portuguese man-of-war (stinging blue jellyfish). Also, from June to September there may be stinging limu (seaweed) along the beach front. • Obey posting and warnings. No surfing or Body Boarding is allowed. Our visit: Like my review, we got here early, watched the short film and enjoyed the day admiring the “panoramic views” and snorkeling with the fish and other assorted marine life. Swimming here is like swimming in a large fishbowl." I remembered standing in water no more than 3 feet and could see a large school of fish swim by. We purchased a “fish chart” depicting the types of fish here along with its name and we set out to try and identify as many of the fishes on the chart. We were able to identify the following: the former Hawaii State Fish Humuhumunukunukuapuaa, parrot fish, surgeon fish, Butterfly fish, trigger fish, along with many others. Later in the day, my wife was snorkeling in the “Back Door Lagoon” and caught sight of a green turtle. The rest of the family along with anyone else near “earshot” of hearing this also swam out to take a look. The whole family enjoyed their day here, swimming with the fish and exploring out on their own. We will be returning here sometime this year!

  • Won't allow Uber or Lyft to drop off or pick up passengers in the park when the parking lot is full but will allow tour buses and taxi cabs.

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