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Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

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7455 Kalanianaole Highway, Hanauma, 96801

The basics

Visitors to Hanauma Bay, which has a number of different coral reefs and lagoons to explore, will see hundreds of species of colorful tropical fish, other types of marine life, and vibrant coral. The wide sandy beach is also ideal for sunbathing and relaxing, and the nature preserve is well equipped with restrooms, changing rooms, a snack bar, and a picnic area, with lockers and snorkel gear available to rent.

Get out on Hanauma Bay as part of a half-day or full-day snorkeling tour, or stop by on a hop-on hop-off bus tour from Waikiki. Some tours stop at the bay and take in other island highlights such as Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head. For independent travelers, Hanauma Bay offers round-trip shuttles from Waikiki hotels.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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Hanauma bay experience made easy
Kyla_S, Apr. 2022
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So happy to have the Hanauma Bay experience made easy for us!! We did not have to worry about trying to reserve tickets online they ensured we got them. Definitely worth the price, very kind driver and convenient use of their equipment! Would recommend!!!! We arrived in time for the 715 safety video and swam until noon, they gave us advice where to swim as well! Perfect day
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Snorkeling at the Bay
John_D, May 2022
Hanauma Bay Transportation
Ride was nice and pleasant. “Cousin” Mark was very personable and informative. Got us to Nay in time to get tickets. Was offered flotation device yo go along with mask and find and told we really would want it. It did help, but very surprised yo learn at drop off was in fact an extra 10 for rental of each one. Not explained up front. Still a very nice experience and would recommend to anyone.
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Great Time!
Brian_B, May 2022
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Had a great time snorkeling! The whole experience has been one of our favorite memories in Oahu! I couldn’t have imagined a better time.
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The trip was very well...
John_R, Apr. 2022
Hanauma Bay Transportation
The trip was very well organized, excellent communication both after booking and also before the pick up. The driver was outstanding and gave us all a brief tour as he drove to Hanauma Bay. This trip was well worth the money and we will definitely be booking it again.
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Can't miss this experience.
David_A, May 2022
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Great way to sea beautiful fish in their natural habitat. Stick to the left side of the bay and go in as far as you can. Worth every penny! Make sure you go early!
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Very nice trip
PRIYANKA_K, May 2022
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Very nice trip! Snorkeling in the coral reefs was very exciting! Beautiful place and mind blowing beauty! It would be better if trip could have started earlier as it gets too hot but overall great experience!
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Hanauma bay when you dont have a car!
Youngmee_K, Apr. 2022
Hanauma Bay Transportation
quick and convenient ride to Hanauma bay without having have to reserve & wait in like to park! i've already recommended to my friends!
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A gente and relaxing day...
Guillermo_N, May 2022
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A gente and relaxing day from the biggining to the end. Hours of fun snorkeling. A Nice experience. The transportation sharp in time. All perfectly organiced
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Bay of Natural Wonder
Chad_M, May 2022
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Most memorable moments would be walking the beach, seeing all the exotic marine life in there natural habitat. Absolutely amazing!!
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Happy Hanauma Bay Experience!
JeremiahJOhn_D, Mar. 2022
Hanauma Bay Transportation
It is a No brainer to book this tour. Transportation to and from and snorkeling gear is all included. Kevin the cool driver was on time 15 minutes with a courtesy call he was downstairs waiting for us and was thereafter we were done at Hanauma Bay. He is a nice guy and very helpful & accommodating, feels like he knows all the places and people!
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Don't miss the experience.
David_H, May 2022
Hanauma Bay Transportation
The driver was awesome! Very informative and very engaging! The price can be off-putting until you realize how expensive a rental car and parking in town costs.
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Hanauma bay was so pretty...
Lainie_J, Mar. 2022
Hanauma Bay Transportation
Hanauma bay was so pretty and so many cool fish to see! The transportation was easy and fast! If you don’t have a car I would highly recommend using their transport!

Things to know before you go

  • Hanauma Bay State Park charges fees for admission and parking.
  • The park is closed on Tuesdays to allow marine life to rest undisturbed.
  • First-time visitors are required to watch a 9-minute video about marine life safety and preservation.
  • Trams take visitors from the parking lot down to the beach for a fee.
  • Snorkel gear and lockers are available to rent.
  • Beach wheelchairs are available to borrow at no cost.
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How to get there

Hanauma Bay State Park is located on the Kalanianaole Highway, about 10 miles (15 kilometers) east of Waikiki. The park offers round-trip shuttles from Waikiki hotels, about a 30-minute journey. City bus 22 makes the 45-minute trip to Hanauma Bay from Waikiki. On-site parking is available for a fee.

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When to get there

Hanauma Bay State Park is open every day except Tuesday. The 300-spot parking lot often fills up by mid-morning, and then it operates on a one-in, one-out basis, so it’s best to arrive early. Oahu has a mild, tropical climate with hotter days in summer and a rainy season that typically runs from November to March.

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Hanauma Bay Marine Education Center

The Marine Education Center opened in 2002 as part of an effort to focus on the conservation of the bay. With an average of 1 million visitors each year, it is crucial that everyone knows how to enjoy the park’s natural beauty responsibly. First-time visitors watch a short video in the center’s theater to learn how to interact with marine life safely. The center also has informational and historical exhibits, a gift shop, snack bar, and restrooms.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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