Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay is a beautiful curved marine life conservation area and underwater park that provides an unforgettable snorkeling experience to its visitors. We recommend arriving early as parking fills up quickly and lines for the snorkel equipment can grow as the day wears on.

There is a 1.00$ parking fee and admission cost of 7.50$ Children 13 and under, Hawaii State residents, and active duty military are free. There is a small concession stand to grab a bite to eat at the main entrance. If it is your first time visiting Hanauma Bay or its been over 1 year since visiting the bay, the family is required to watch a  brief conservation video explaining the park rules.

After exiting the theater there is a paved hill visitors must trek down to get to the beach. There is a shuttle that takes people down for 1.00$ each. If the family has a ton of beach gear, I recommend going on the shuttle to make the trip a more pleasant experience. If not , the walk down gives visitors and opportunity to take in a the gorgeous view of the Bay.

Once the family arrives at the beach there is plenty of shaded areas under palm trees or out in the on the sand to relax.

There are locker facilities, visitor information booths, showers, and snorkel gear rental right on the beach.

Since the reef is a conservation area and the natural curvature of the bay provides exceptional protection, snorkeling here is like jumping into an aquarium.

Need transportation from your hotel or rental? Click the following link for the:  Oahu Hanauma Bay Shuttle.


Take Kalaniana'ole Highway east from Waikiki for approximately 10 miles. Entrance to the preserve is on the right.

Helpful tips and info:

The water in the bay is a little chilly, so a rash guard like the ones mentioned on the recommended gear tab at the top of this page would be helpful to keep warm while providing sun protection.

Call 808-396-4229 for recorded message with all current fees, times, conditions

OPEN from 6am - 6pm (winter - October thru March) and 6am - 7pm (summer - April thru September)

OPEN every Saturday from 6am - 10pm throughout the year

CLOSED every Tuesday

Enjoy and share your family experience and tips below.

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