Tips for visiting Oahu’s Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

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Isn’t Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve stunning?

In my list of Oahu’s best free and low cost activities, I mentioned snorkeling with one of the most popular spots being Hanauma Bay. After seeing this photo, is there even any wonder why?

The City and County of Honolulu has quite a bit of useful information to help you plan your visit to Hanauma Bay. The bay had been over used and neglected over many years, so now access is being restricted and visitors are educated on the importance of protecting the marine life and reefs.

If you’re going, here’s what you need to know:

  • Familiarize yourself with safety tips.
  • The preserve is open every day except Tuesdays. The park opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. in the summer and 6 p.m. in the winter. It is very common for the parking lot to fill by mid-morning, so arrive as early as possible.
  • If you do not have a rental car, you can get to Hanauma Bay by taking TheBus number 22 from Waikiki. Additionally there are private companies who provide a shuttle service to and from Hanauma Bay.
  • If you are driving, parking is limited. To see a map of the area click here.
  • You must pay an entrance fee of $1.00 per car and $7.50 per person above the age of 13. See this link to verify current fees.
  • Snorkel gear and lockers are available for rent.
  • To hear the most up to date information about Hanauma Bay, call 808.848.5555.
  • About eight to ten days after a full moon, it’s possible that box jellyfish will be in and around the bay, so it’s best to plan around that time.

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  1. This looks amazing and will definitely be one of my stops on the island.

    FYI, I think you accidentally posted the number for the bus. The Hanauma Bay number is (808) 396-4229.

  2. the entrance fee per person went up to 7.50.

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