Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Nature Preserve and Beach
Portlock, Honolulu
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  • angel m.
    "interesting video presentation on the history"(15 Tips)
    Cayla E.
    "A great place for snorkeling because of the reef and the calm water."(16 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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  • 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!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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 =).
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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.
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