Hanauma Bay (Oahu)
Hanauma Bay is a paradise formed in a volcanic cone. The clear blue water is perfect, and snorkeling is one of the most popular things to do there. We especially recommend Hanauma Bay for beginners, although there are advanced spots to snorkel there as well.
How to Get to Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay is about 11 miles (17 km) from Waikiki. There is no direct bus, but the Number 1 Bus lets you off at the Koko Marina shopping center, which is about a mile from the Hanauma Bay park entrance. There are no shuttles or tour buses currently allowed.
Of course if you have a car, you can drive right up to the park and save yourself the uphill walk.
Get on Interstate Highway 1E and drive along HI 72. Turn right onto Hanauma Bay Road and follow the signs for how to get to Hanauma Bay. Parking is $3 and fills up quickly, so get there before 9 am or after 1 pm to avoid the heavy-use times.
Important Points About Visiting Hanauma Bay
Adults (13 and over) are $25 per person. Residents with a state ID, active military, and kids under 12 are free. Admission is limited to 1000 people a day, and you can make a reservation online up to 2 days in advance. The bay is closed Mondays and Tuesdays to allow natural regeneration.
All visitors must watch a 9-minute safety video before doing anything at Hanauma Bay. You will learn how to enjoy the coral reefs while being mindful about protecting the natural environment.
Hanauma Bay is a coral reef, so be sure and wear protective footwear so you won’t hurt your feet on pieces of coral. Standing on coral is forbidden, but there may be loose pieces on the beach.
To protect the coral reef, Hawaiʻi has mandated that you use reef-safe sunscreen. Check your sunscreen ingredient list, because it cannot contain oxybenzone or octinoxate.
You can rent equipment at Hanauma Bay, but it’s cheaper to get it in town. You can learn how to snorkel in safety with lifeguards on the watch. If you’re a beginner, don’t worry! Everyone can enjoy snorkeling here.
Things to Do Near Hanauma Bay
Koko Marina Center
Enjoy home-brewed beer among the 48 beers on tap at Kona Brewing Co. You can also tackle water sports with a variety of providers, and do all your souvenir shopping in one place! You can enjoy a variety of things to do in this center only 1 km from Hanauma Bay on HI 72.
Hawaiʻi Kai Lookout
Off HI 72, just before Hanauma Bay, Hawaiʻi Kai Lookout is a popular place to stop and take pictures. You will find gorgeous views of the ocean and mountains.
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