Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Nature Preserve and Beach
Portlock, Honolulu
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  • Cayla E.
    "A great place for snorkeling because of the reef and the calm water."(19 Tips)
    angel m.
    "interesting video presentation on the history"(17 Tips)
    Karina L.
    "Nice corals, fishes and if you're lucky, you can see turtles"(13 Tips)
    Andrew H.
    "top and enjoy the view or venture down and enjoy some crystal"(11 Tips)
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  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱6 days ago
    Parking wasn't bad at all around noon on a Friday. Beautiful area but very crowded. Be careful when swimming in shallow reef areas.
  • Adina M.
    Adina MacJune 16
    Beautiful beach
  • Devin N.
    Devin NeeApril 13
    Best Place to Go Snorkeling. Closed on Tuesdays
    Upvoted May 21
  • Tamas D.
    Can be quite crowded. Had to wait some time to watch a video.
  • Ana S.
    Ana SilvaFebruary 16
    It’s beautiful and tranquil. I got here around 0630 and there wasn’t many people at the park yet. Admission and parking was free before 0700. Bring your own snorkel or you can rent there.
  • Charley M.
    Charley MaDecember 28, 2017
    Parking lot often gets full by 7:30am, park in the neighborhood near Nawiliwili St and walk up so you don’t get turned away! No drop offs allowed.
  • John C.
    John CDecember 8, 2017
    If you get there by 7am there is no Admission fee and parking is free!
  • John C.
    John CDecember 5, 2017
    Walk down to the beach instead of hitching a ride, there are spectacular views that you won’t want to miss.
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangNovember 25, 2017
    Get there at least by 8:30am on the weekend to get a parking spot. After a long day of snorkeling, for the $1.25 for the shuttle ride back up so you don’t have to walk it.
  • Ola J.
    Ola JaroszNovember 1, 2017
    Bay itself is beautiful, but those who actually have some snorkeling/diving experience will be disappointed with their views. Coral is 95% dead (thus less varied marine life) and visibility is low.
  • Pamela S.
    Pamela SteeleSeptember 29, 2017
    Must see and snorkel!!!
  • Pelin G.
    Pelin Güvenç KefelSeptember 9, 2017
    This place is great for snorkeling! If you have the time and energy hike around the bay for some awesome views! You can see the reefs from above
  • Mosen
    MosenJuly 10, 2017
    Best beach I've ever seen and been to so far! Amazing snorkling experience 🐟
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaJuly 6, 2017
    Awesome and very popular snorkeling spot. The farther end is very shallow and not great for swimming. Stick to the middle and left ends of the beach 🌊🐠🐟🐡🏊🏻
  • Jesennia K.
    Jesennia KingJune 29, 2017
    Bring food and umbrellas for shade as it can get hot . Check tide conditions as it can be shallow .
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanMay 5, 2017
    By far the best snorkeling on the island. You have to pay to get into the park and watch a quick orientation video about protecting the reef before you are allowed to walk down to the beach.
  • Esben Theis J.
    Esben Theis JensenApril 30, 2017
    Amazing place out of Waikiki for snorkelling.
  • A.D. N.
    A.D. NightingaleJanuary 16, 2017
    Get there early and watch the tide schedule. Super fun spot though.
  • Stephen Z.
    Stephen ZJanuary 6, 2017
    Beautiful park
  • Chris O.
    Chris O'BrienDecember 29, 2016
    Amazing snorkeling. We saw turtles, octopus, and thousands of fish. Even though the entrance is a little steep ($7) it is worth it. Bring your own snorkel
  • Vibeke P.
    Vibeke PoulsenNovember 29, 2016
    There are som amazing snorkeling here, just beautiful!
  • Lily
    LilySeptember 22, 2016
    this place was amazing! came here to snorkel and you see many variety of fishes!
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle A.September 20, 2016
    Bring some food and drinks, there are no vendors here. You have to watch a short video about reef behavior before you're allowed to enter. Great place for families and lovely place!
    Upvoted May 1
  • Staci S.
    Staci StevensSeptember 6, 2016
    Snorkeling is the big deal here! One of those rare places that you can't believe it's real because it's so beautiful.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGAugust 29, 2016
    The parking is only a dollar but you can get it free before 7 am and after 4 pm.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongAugust 9, 2016
    Water is clear blue and this place is awesome
  • Anna Victoria O.
    Snorkeling is simply a must-do if you go there!
  • Ece B.
    Ece BolatJune 19, 2016
    This place is absolutely my fav spot in Oahu. Amazing nature and lovely colorful fish all around🐠🏊🏻
  • Jason O.
    Jason OzaetaMay 1, 2016
    Rent snorkels to see the fish underwater
  • Antonello L.
    Antonello LoddoApril 29, 2016
    Worth the wait. Don't touch the corals!
  • Vandell F.
    Vandell FosterApril 8, 2016
    Scenery is great. Snorkeling is amazing.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PMarch 13, 2016
    Beautiful area to visit and snorkel. The 9 min video was boring but mandatory. Bring gear to snorkel or rent for $$$. Totally worth the visit.
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HalloranMarch 10, 2016
    Great spot for snorkeling. If you're a strong swimmer go out to the deeper water to see bigger fish.
  • Mrs. O O.
    Mrs. O OJanuary 18, 2016
    Beautiful place to snorkel & see ocean wildlife. Just bring sneakers for the hike back up the hill.
  • Jason H.
    Jason H.December 24, 2015
    Have to go at least once. Where the beautiful fish come to you. During peak season arrive close to the 6:00AM opening or you will wait. By 9:00 you may not get parking.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RaghoobarNovember 23, 2015
    The water, the reef, everything here is beautiful.
  • Elisabeth L.
    Elisabeth LongshoreNovember 15, 2015
    Free for military personnel. Worth the visit for great snorkeling.
  • Rafael G.
    Rafael GarciaNovember 1, 2015
    Spend the day there for snorkel and picnic. Many cool fishes to see. Saw a lazy sea lion sleeping at the cliff area :-)
  • Jim C.
    Jim CurrieOctober 23, 2015
    Take a picnic lunch
  • Karina L.
    Karina LopesSeptember 27, 2015
    Just chill a little bit here, bring your snorkel or rent one at the beach. Nice corals, fishes and if you're lucky, you can see turtles
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HealanSeptember 21, 2015
    stand up top and enjoy the view or venture down and enjoy some crystal clear water
  • Mia F.
    Mia FerrerAugust 28, 2015
    It's so incredible. Astonishingly beautiful. A must see if only once.
  • Bew M.
    Bew McJuly 8, 2015
    Beautiful coral and fishes
  • Randy K.
    Randy KingMay 17, 2015
    Diving or snorkelling, you're sure to see something you'll remember. Great for both young and old.
  • Cayla E.
    Cayla EcholsMay 8, 2015
    It is a beautiful place. There is no smoking allowed on the beach. A great place for snorkeling because of the reef and the calm water. Remember, don't touch the reef =).
  • Allen B.
    Allen BenzMay 4, 2015
    Beautiful place like paradise
  • Ted G.
    Ted GrubbApril 28, 2015
    Fantastic snorkeling, but gets really busy. Great for kids.
  • David S.
    David StrasserFebruary 7, 2015
    Lot fills up early, but there's a quiet residential street a few blocks before the turn that make walking a possibility.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CJanuary 8, 2015
    A beautiful place to snorkel - full of lively reefs and lots of wildlife! Pay admission to enter but it's very well worth it! Bring snacks and enjoy the entire park!
  • Janna H.
    Janna H.December 27, 2014
    Very crowded. If you snorkel there are some big fish but the coral is not much to see. Even though they make you watch a video the tourist still don't treat the reef right. Not worth the wait.
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