Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Nature Preserve and Beach
Portlock, Honolulu
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  • angel m.
    "interesting video presentation on the history"(16 Tips)
    Cayla E.
    "A great place for snorkeling because of the reef and the calm water."(17 Tips)
    Karina L.
    "Nice corals, fishes and if you're lucky, you can see turtles"(12 Tips)
    Mrs. O O.
    "Beautiful place to snorkel & see ocean wildlife."(3 Tips)
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  • Mosen
    Mosen1 week ago
    Best beach I've ever seen and been to so far! Amazing snorkling experience 🐟
  • Damian B.
    Damian Bayona2 weeks ago
    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 King3 weeks ago
    Bring food and umbrellas for shade as it can get hot . Check tide conditions as it can be shallow .
  • Adam S.
    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.
    Upvoted May 5
  • Esben Theis J.
    Amazing place out of Waikiki for snorkelling.
  • A.D. N.
    Get there early and watch the tide schedule. Super fun spot though.
  • Stephen Z.
    Stephen ZJanuary 6
    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!
  • 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🐠🏊🏻
  • Carol V.
    Carol V.May 14, 2016
    Booked a snorkeling trip thru Snorkelfest for $23.95/person. Great place to snorkel for 1st time. Saw some really pretty fish but no sea turtles. Disappointed that we didn't get the promised 2 hours.
  • 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.
  • Luis M.
    Luis ManaloDecember 4, 2014
    Sign the form after the short presentation if you plan on returning within a year. This allows you to skip the video on your next visit.
  • linh l.
    linh leOctober 23, 2014
    Great for snorkeling!!! I don't think this beach is meant for people to spend the whole day here since it is full of reefs. I think there are plenty of safer beaches on the island for the family Read more
  • Ciro N.
    Ciro NigriOctober 11, 2014
    Good snorkeling, but very crowded; arrive early, parking can be full at 8:30.
  • Austin T.
    Austin TeterOctober 10, 2014
    Spend the extra money to rent the snorkels. You won't regret it, we were able to see some cool fish and a sea turtle. The views here are just as beautiful outside the water.
  • Steven D.
    Steven DiazSeptember 29, 2014
    Get here early! The parking lot was at capacity by 10 AM on a Monday. Prior to coming make sure you rent equipment from a local shop in Honolulu, otherwise prepare to rent sub par equipment at the bay
  • Kameron S.
    Kameron SpencerSeptember 27, 2014
    Sign the video list and you only have to watch it once a year!
  • Roman P.
    Roman PSeptember 18, 2014
    Eat good before you come :)
  • Isabela S.
    Isabela SchlupSeptember 15, 2014
    Beautiful place! Go early in the morning to enjoy more.
  • Richard B.
    Richard BowersSeptember 12, 2014
    Great snorkeling near Waikiki. The snack bar is at the top of the hill, bring what you need with you before you go down.
  • Katie S.
    Katie SmithSeptember 6, 2014
    Bring snorkeling gear. Gorgeous fish.
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaSeptember 1, 2014
    View from higher ground looks spectacular. But the snorkeling experience weren't that great. The water was unclear.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TchouAugust 29, 2014
    Amazing snorkeling spot with easy access to great coral and fish viewing! Bring food and water in a cooler to avoid walking back up from the beach. You can rent snorkels right on the beach.
  • Kameron S.
    Kameron SpencerAugust 28, 2014
    Look out for sea turtles!
  • Christoffer E.
    Christoffer EngströmAugust 26, 2014
    Scenic stairs down to the beautiful beach. Snorkeling in the shallow reefs.
  • Antonio S.
    Antonio SilveiraAugust 25, 2014
    What an amazing place, super well organized and with great infrastructure. Snorkeling is surreal here.
  • Joshua W.
    Joshua WalkerAugust 24, 2014
    Great place to snorkel! So beautiful.
  • Faisal B.
    Faisal BorhamaAugust 15, 2014
    Parking is such a pain, its almost always full so i recommend parking down and there are small private vans that take you up, but the place is SO WORTH IT!!
  • Jieun C. L.
    Jieun C. L.August 8, 2014
    Takes about 20-30mins by car from Waikiki
  • Anouk K.
    Anouk KapperJuly 25, 2014
    Great place to snorkel, you see beautiful fish and turtles! Only the coral is more dead than alive:(
  • Young L.
    Young LeeJuly 17, 2014
    Guys at entrance are liars. Parking was full and I asked those guys if I can drop my family off there and walk down so I can park my van far down, they adamantly said NO, which was a LIE! Many walk!
  • Melia J.
    Melia JonesMay 23, 2014
    If it's not sand, it's coral - please don't step on it, with or without fins. Snorkeling was medium - highish, not great visibility when I was there but saw several turtles. Worth the bus ride :-)
  • Tom E.
    Tom EichornMay 5, 2014
    Go early in the day.
  • Yuri G.
    Yuri GagaringApril 30, 2014
    Get there early before it gets too crowded and all the fish leave.
  • Mohammed .
    Mohammed 🇵🇷March 29, 2014
    It closed on Tuesday !!
  • Rafael B.
    Rafael BaezMarch 21, 2014
    After beach time go to @Island Brew Coffeehouse for Acai Bowls and iced or Hot coffee drinks.
  • Ashley G.
    Ashley GarrettMarch 17, 2014
    So much fun definitely snorkel. Totally worth it!!
  • Vishal C.
    Vishal ChoudharyMarch 3, 2014
    An absolute must-do in Oahu. Reach early as parking tends to be full around 9:30 am (on weekdays, earlier on weekends). Plan to spend at least half a day here, worth every minute.
  • Ashlynn C.
    Ashlynn CakericeFebruary 27, 2014
    If you see the kitty pet it :) I miss the kitty. I don't know where it came from though...
  • Hareesh N.
    Hareesh NuthiFebruary 9, 2014
    Come early in the morning, limited parking .. Get your snorkel equipment if possible otherwise you can always rent .. Couple of good spots around . It's worth a half day trip
  • Collin M.
    Collin MesserFebruary 6, 2014
    Get there early! Parking fills up quickly. Don't forget to bring booties and snorkeling gear.
  • Jen C.
    Jen ChaFebruary 3, 2014
    $1 parking
  • Barbara S.
    Barbara StephensonFebruary 1, 2014
    Go as early as possible
  • krissi x.
    krissi xenakisJanuary 25, 2014
    Get there early as the sun is rising, when it is not crowded. Staff is limited between 6-8, so you might not have to pay the entrance fee, but have a buddy if you plan to snorkel...Only one lifeguard
  • Brent V.
    Brent VillingJanuary 14, 2014
    The snorkeling is amazing!
  • Derek K.
    Derek KucyndaJanuary 5, 2014
    Beautiful beach and snorkel spot - Sundays are a good day to go. Not as crowded as anticipated on a January Day.
  • Amy K.
    Amy KDecember 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm not sure why it took us so long to get here! GREAT place to see amazing fish!
  • Sahana U.
    Sahana UDecember 28, 2013
    If you have your own car, skip the organized tour with transportation and rent your own snorkeling gear so you can leave whenever you want. Also the left side of the bay has the most fish!
  • Sin-Young P.
    Sin-Young ParkDecember 20, 2013
    Good value for money snorkeling spot (bring your own gear though!)
  • Megan B.
    Megan BumguardnerDecember 20, 2013
    Snorkeling is a must! Saw a sea turtle!!! Very fun park!
  • Gulcin S.
    Gulcin SogutOctober 27, 2013
    You reall nerd to come here early ıf you want to see a aquarium.... Open 6 am ;)
  • Nanc D.
    Nanc DingmanOctober 4, 2013
    Beautiful drive along the ocean
  • Rita P.
    Rita PassiSeptember 28, 2013
    Great, inexpensive way to explore nature! Got swim with 2 sea turtles and TONS of fish at my last visit !
  • Saud ،.
    Saud ،،September 1, 2013
    The best place for guided snorkeling tour <3
  • Carla A.
    Carla AAugust 26, 2013
    This was so much fun! If you have a vehicle then bring food and a cooler! There's no food/drinks down there so bring some. If you don't have snorkeling gear, rent some or get water shoes. Have fun!
  • Lady H.
    Lady HoAugust 23, 2013
    They say that it's only a 10min video. It's not. It will take you about an hour just to get down to the bay from the ticket booth. Plan ahead. It gets packed.
  • Sunny X.
    Sunny XuAugust 18, 2013
    Perfect spot for snorkling. It was such a nice beach.
  • Laur L.
    Laur Lo SkiAugust 11, 2013
    Beautiful! The snorkeling is incredible, worth the $7.50 to get in.
  • Kassy S.
    Kassy SosaAugust 3, 2013
    A MUST PLACE to snorkel and swim in Oahu!
  • Patrice L.
    Patrice LeverettAugust 2, 2013
    Beautiful. You must go!
  • Lucy O.
    Lucy OJuly 27, 2013
    Awesome place to snorkel. Saw many different kinds of coral fishes.
  • Angie V.
    Angie V.July 26, 2013
    If you're snorkeling, be aware of the waves. Bigger ones will slam your knees into the lava rocks if you're not careful.
  • Reden d.
    Reden da leftyJuly 4, 2013
    Bring lots of fluids to drink!!
  • Eunhye J.
    Eunhye JangJune 27, 2013
    VISA and Master only
  • Joe C.
    Joe CianoJune 13, 2013
    Nice beach, just beware of the sandstorms
  • Tara C.
    Tara CoomansJune 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The parking lot usually opens back up around 1 or 2. So go early, or go after lunch.
  • Shailesh G.
    Shailesh GhimireJune 9, 2013
    Great place. Come early. It's very worth it.
  • John D.
    John DeLucioJune 2, 2013
    Was nice, but try the Halona Blowhole right up the road... amazing!!
  • Dane G.
    Dane GJune 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Everyone says "go early", but I've found it best to go later in the day, after 2 or 3pm. Most of the tourists leave to get ready for dinner around that time.
  • Barbara I.
    Barbara IliopoulosMay 14, 2013
    A stunning beach but also a great attraction. Note that the bay is closed on Tuesdays Read more
  • Greg T.
    Greg TaylorMay 13, 2013
    What a great spot. If you can't get there early come around 2:30 and most of the crowds will be gone. Also, after watching the orientation video sign in so you won't have to sit through it again
  • Veronica L.
    Veronica LeroyMay 3, 2013
    Really nice place for swimming and especially snorkeling! You will love it!
  • Jung Hoon K.
    주차 1불. 15분 안에 나가면 1불 회수 가능. 입장료 인당 7.5불. 매우매우 아름다움.
  • Francisca L.
    Francisca LahsenMay 20, 2016
    Llegue temprano, eso se sabe. Si o si lleve camara acuatica!!
  • Pablo H.
    Pablo HulgichFebruary 25, 2016
    Ir muy temprano o despues del mediodia porque el estacionamiento es limitado y no hay donde estacionar en la zona (excepto un mirador cercano que tambien se llena)
  • Orkun G.
    Orkun G.September 24, 2015
    Resiflere dalmadan sakin gelmeyin
  • Erick C.
    Erick CalilSeptember 6, 2015
    Mergulho fácil é muito proveitoso. Não deixe de ir
  • Hope T.
    Hope TeeAugust 24, 2015
    Breathtaking place 😻😻😻 I would definitely recommend it 👍👍 amazing view for your selfies 😜😻❤️❤️
  • Alesya S.
    Alesya Sky PrincessApril 30, 2015
    Обожаю это место❤️❤️❤️всем рекомендую!единственное черепах не бывает там...максимум небольшое количество рыбок🐠🐟🐙
  • Ana L.
    Ana LuciaJanuary 25, 2015
    Lugar fantástico.
  • Ana L.
    Ana LuciaJanuary 20, 2015
    Lugar lindo
  • Fernando F.
    Fernando FerrazJanuary 2, 2015
    Espetaculo, não deixe de visitar.
  • Mylena M.
    Mylena MattosDecember 29, 2014
    Um dos lugares mais bonitos que já vi! Vale voltar quantas vezes for necessário. Incrível pra quem curte natureza
  • @ek
    @ekApril 24, 2014
    Снорклинг тут!!!
  • Elena G.
    Elena GayoMarch 27, 2014
    Es una reserva, si, pero para los miedicas del mar abierto y el pánico a los tiburones, es ideal. Con gafas, tubo y aletas te sientes pez entre peces de colores
  • Ana V.
    Ana VasconcelosJanuary 21, 2014
    Chegue bem cedo, pode levar seu lanche e não esqueça de levar seu kit de mergulho, inclua uma luva!!
  • Алексей Г.
    Не ожидайти слишком многого. Можно увидеть много разных рыб но не более. Красивых кораллов нет. Черепах не видел. Огромные очереди и обязательный просмотр фильма о защите природы на входе.
  • しーちゃん
    しーちゃんNovember 14, 2013
    海の水族館って感じです。'90代に来た時の方がもっとがいた印象だった。
  • David C.
    David ChangOctober 6, 2013
    좌측 산호 있는곳이 물고기가 많아 스노클링 명당
  • Anne C.
    Anne CarolineSeptember 8, 2013
    Paraíso! Simplesmente MARAVILHOSO! - vc paga 7,5U$ para entrar, estacionamento é 1U$ - vc assiste um filme que conta como a ilha se formou e sobre a preservação!
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