Best Snorkeling Sanctuary
Hanauma Bay Oahu

Hanauma Bay Oahu is a pristine world class snorkeling sanctuary nestled on the southeastern tip of the island. Hugged by a dramatic backdrop of mountains and lined by a long, white sandy beach this cove is truly a hidden treasure.

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Options and General Information

Hours & Costs

The park opens up at 7am (6am during summer) and closes at 6pm . CLOSED ON TUESDAYS!!!!!

Entry

-Admission is $7.50 for those 13 and older

-Parking $1; if in and out in 15 minutes (to take a pic at the scenic lookout for example) it's free

-Disabled visitors can still enjoy the beach. They have special beach wheelchairs FREE of charge. Wheelchairs are available from the Beach Information Kiosk from 8:00am- 4:00pm year around. For more info call 808-396-4229


Equipment Rental at Hanauma Bay

Prices subject to change without notice. Rental snorkel gear is available from 7:00am-4:30pm with all equipment due back by 4:00p,/

Scuba gear-$9 a day

Life jacket-$5

 

Hanauma Bay Coupon

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Hotel Shuttles normally run about $22 per person plus the cost of admission at the bay. No "tour" or shuttle can include the entry fee for you because it's a state park. Rules & Restrictions issued by the government.

Check out the Go Oahu Card because roundtrip transportation & snorkel gear are free as part of an activity pass. Learn more here...

Facilities Available

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  • Parking (limited); handicap avail
  • Beach Shuttle (see notes below)
  • Lifeguards
  • Lockers
  • Restrooms
  • Food Concession
  • Showers (public)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pay Phones
  • Equipment Rental on Beach
  • Drinking Water
  • Bus Stop-#22 bus

NOTES & TIPS

1. The beach itself is at the bottom of a cliff. It's not a bad walk down and is paved but if you prefer they have a trolley ride for .75 down and $1 up; $2.50 unlimited up & down

2. Shade Trees are very limited. Go early if you want one.

3. The bus takes about 1 hour ONE WAY $2.50 adults, $1.25 students exact change. Get the schedule ahead of time particularly on weekends and holidays.

4. Official Parks & Recreation Page-Just for the record there are no official tours conducted at Hanauma Bay. They are companies with permits to be able to drop you off and you pay your own admission fee.

5. Take your own food. Go to Subway, a deli, etc. There's a food concession but at high prices. Quality is "meh".

 

MORE TIPS:

-Closed on Tuesdays,

-I advocate going early-gets VERY crowded & parking is hard; go before 8am if you can. Benefit from early morn sun in the east, beautiful light for photos

-Prior to admission you'll have to watch a short film about respecting the reef in Hawaii. This is mandatory once per year.

Beach Conditions

I wouldn't consider it to be a dangerous beach because much of it is shallow and protected by reef but there are some things to be aware of:

1. Out by the buoys it does get deep(er) ; there is a channel there that can take you right out. If you are not an expert ocean swimmer stay well within the buoys

2. When in Doubt Don't Go Out-talk to lifeguards for safe snorkeling areas; currents & swells change throught the day

No need to go very far out. There might be turtles at one end and schools of fish in the middle or vice versa. It changes up because fish don't sit still! The beach is wide so there's plenty room.

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Location

Hanauma Bay is located on the eastern part of the island more towards the south. It is about a 25 minute drive east of Waikiki and Diamond Head but about 10 minutes before Sea Life Park.

The exact address is Hanauma Bay, Honolulu, Hi 96825

 

The Hanauma Bay area on Oahu gets my thumbs up as one of the place to go for snorkeling.


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