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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
Hanauma Bay Transportation
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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Paradise
TomP1, Jul 2022
Hanauma Bay Transportation
The bay was amazing. Something you have to experience in person. The stop at the blowhole before arriving at the bay was beautiful as well. Amazing scenery
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A Must See in Oahu: Hanauma Bay!
Jennifer_v, Jun 2022
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Mark, our driver, was a great host and shared lots of info about Hawaii, Hanauma Bay, and snorkeling. We had a few stops for photo oops, then an amazing day snorkeling. This is the way to go to guarantee admission to an amazing adventure. Highly recommend!!
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A great adventure
Sarah_L, Jun 2022
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Our driver was amazing. He was very friendly, on time and very knowledgeable. He gave us great recommendations.
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Hanauma Bay- great trip!
Christine_K, Jun 2022
Hanauma Bay Transportation
The driver took us to see the blow hole as well. Nice trip to the bay with reservations and snorkel gear.
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Great trip!
Megan_B, May 2022
Hanauma Bay Transportation
Great service if you don’t want to have to worry about the 6:00am traffic just to get into Hanauma Bay. Our driver was very friendly and even told us where to look for certain fish! He also took us a little further north to Halona Lookout before the bay opened!
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Great snorkel ride
Jeff_S, Jun 2022
Hanauma Bay Transportation
Not having to wait in line....go here for the best experience of getting there with no hassles. Fee to get in was high, but not there fault. Driver entertaining and showed us the sights along the way.
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Fantastic
John_G, Jun 2022
Hanauma Bay Transportation
Our driver was excellent, very friendly and knowledgeable. He made our ride pleasant...he dropped us off and picked us up in a timely manner...the excursion was awesome the whole family enjoyed the experience...saw plenty of fish...would do this again
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Great Hanauma Bay experience!
Cindy_R, Jun 2022
Hanauma Bay Transportation
Great experience . Our guide was great, patient and knowledgeable. Complete ease of getting tickets and entrance into park. We will use this service again!
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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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Convenience
Shaun_P, Jun 2022
Hanauma Bay Transportation
Beat the crowds and relax on the beach. Snorkeling fun and easy right off the beach. Knowledgeable staff to keep you informed and entertained.
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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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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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