Honolulu, Hawaii

Snorkel at Hanauma Bay

Originally added by Abby Shepard

Swim with the fish in this protected marine life conservation area.

With a high fish populations, calm shallow water, and white sand, Hanauma Bay is the perfect snorkeling destination on Oahu. Large reefs teeming with marine life are located a short swim from shore. The water is calm, and the bay is protected from waves, making it a great spot for beginners and advanced snorkelers alike. Snorkel gear is available for rent on the beach. 

The parking lot fills quickly, so plan to get there early in the day. However, if the lot is full, you can park in one of the nearby residential neighborhoods and walk into the park. 

Note: The bay is closed to the public every Tuesday to allow the fish to rest.  

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There are so many first time snorkelers here, please be careful of the coral and the environment. In scuba diving, we learn how to control our buoyancy so that we don't accidentally hit the coral. At Hanauma Bay, I saw so many little kids stepping on coral to take a break from snorkelling. If you need to take a break, either float or swim to a place with no coral and put your feet down on the sand bottom. Also, please use reef safe sunscreen.

First time snorkeling and had a blast!

Unfortunately my phone broke a day after this and I never uploaded my photos, but I will remember this day forever. I had never been snorkeling before and I had so much fun. It was quite crowded and yes you have to pay to get in, but a lot of Hawaii is free, so I considered it very worth it. It wasn't so crowded in the water that I was kicking people all of the time, but the beach was quite crowded, but thankfully I spent most of my time in the water! Good changing rooms. -Smart that if you have been here before (in the past year) you don't have to sit through the video and presentation another time, you just have to add your name to a list.

Absolutely amazing. Must do.

This is a must if you can. Parking lots usually fill up by 9am and then reopen around 1pm so time it somewhere around there.

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