Hanauma Bay (Ben Sumner)

Horseshoe-shaped Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ranks undoubtedly as Oahu's top snorkeling spot, and it's easy to see why. The water is pristine, the fish bountiful, and the entire experience priceless. The beach is wide and the reef attracts butterfly fish, damsels, parrot fish, and scores of other varieties. As a result, the preserve also draws crowds. Still, the combination of soft sand and clear water is hard to resist. Arrive early. –Candyce Stapen

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Away Travel Expert: Eric Lindberg
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  • Plan to arrive early, because the small parking lot often fills around mid-morning, and cars are turned away. Mid-afternoons are quieter after the early visitors begin leaving. The bay opens at 6 a.m. every day except Tuesday, when the preserve is closed.
  • Leave the driving to someone else while you enjoy the scenery. The bay is only ten miles from Waikiki, and you can catch the number 22 bus that runs down Kuhio Avenue. After being dropped off, you have a pleasant ten-minute walk down to the bay.
The warm waters and crescent beach at Hanauma Bay entice lovers of sun, sand, and sea. This protected bay is a beautiful spot to share a picnic, frolic in the shallows, and play in some of the clearest water in the islands. It's also a sanctuary for

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Kalanianaole Hwy. at the Hanauma Bay turnoff
7455 Kalanianaole Hwy.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 808-396-4229
Email: info@hvcb.org
Transportation: Bus #22, Special Beach Bus
Neighborhood: East Honolulu
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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