Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

Some times it’s a little crowded but well worth it.You wont go past the breaking waves and there is only about 2 feet of water between you and the reef so be careful not to step on it even though you see some idiots doing it. My wife felt claustrophobic in the shallow water, but it was also her first time snorkeling. Afternoons are the best time to see Honu (turtle).

No visit to Hawaii would be complete without a visit to Hanauma Bay. Located within the sunken crater of an extinct volcano (really!), Hanauma Bay is actually a protected nature reserve. There is an admission charge of $3/person (tourists only), and $2 for parking. But the park fills up quickly so get there early (by 10am). Once there, you have to walk down a steep road (you can take a bus back up for $0.50) till you reach the beach, a small strip of sand. But you don’t go to Hanauma Bay for the beach, you go for the snorkeling. Because of its extensive coral reefs and protected status, there are colorful, tropical fish everywhere. The water is calm and shallow, and clear (though it gets more cloudy as more people arrive — so get there early).

Services and Amenities

  • Lifeguards
  • Reef and sand beach area
  • Picnic facilities with tables, grassy areas and shade located near the parking lot
  • Concession stand located near the entrance
  • Restrooms at the top and bottom area
  • Showers
  • Phones
  • Snorkel, mask and fin rental available on the beach
  • Locker rental available on the beach
  • Educational information center and theater located near the entrance
  • Gift shop
  • Wheelchair Accessible via shuttle bus or trolley

Hanauma Bay¬†OCEAN INFORMATION — For a detailed description of the Pacific Ocean’s marine climate, water properties, currents, tides, waves, etc., please visit The Ocean Atlas of Hawaii online. You’ll learn many interesting facts, like our average surface water temperature in Winter is 75 F (24 C) and 81 F (27 C)in the Summer.Call 596-SURF (that’s 596-7873) to hear a recorded message on conditions at various O`ahu beaches. The recording is a free service of the Surf News Network (SNN) and is updated four times a day, 365 days a year, at 7 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. In addition to wave heights, SNN provides information on winds, tides, and buoy readings.

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