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HANAUMA BAY SNORKELING

Mingle with Hawaiian green sea turtles, angel fish, moray eels and other marine life at Oahu’s premier snorkeling spot. Snorkeling equipment and return transportation is provided - $7.50 Nature Preserve Admissoin Fee is NOT included.

(closed Tuesdays)

$28 per person

 

Subtotal:

$28.00

The Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is the most visited spot on the entire island, visited by over four million people each year.

Because of the large number of people that frequent the bay, it has become a conservation area, protected by both state and federal laws. That means that everybody has to pay to get in and watch a conservation video before entering (and sometimes wait in a line to get in and see the video).

The reason for the bay's popularity is because of the abundance of marine life found there. The fertile bay has historically produced a lot of food, and attracts countless amounts of fish and other marine animals. Much of the bay is relatively shallow, as well, making it an excellent place for beginners.

At one time the bay was reserved for Hawaiian royalty only, but it is now open for everyone to enjoy.

$7.50 is charged for admission to the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (not included in price), except for children 12 years old and under.

Leave to Hanauma Bay Depart From Hanauma Bay
7:00 am 11:00 am
8:30 am 12:30 pm
10:00 am 2:00 pm
11:50 am 3:20 pm

 

Hotel pick-up time will be 5-10 minutes before scheduled time.  It takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes to get to Hanauma Bay from Waikiki (depending on the traffic).

You'll need to go through the main entrance and watch the conservation video to get into Hanauma Bay.  If booking a Hanauma Bay shuttle around Christmas be prepared to wait at least an hour and maybe even 2 or more to get into the bay.

The tour package includes:

  • Roundtrip transportation in an air-conditioned shuttle
  • Professional snorkeling equipment (mask/snorkel/fins) with dry snorkel
  • Special de-fogging solution
  • Tips for taking great pictures with your underwater camera
  • Safety tips for each skill level
  • Detailed instructions on snorkeling and use of equipment
  • Directions to where the best snorkeling spots are for each skill level
  • Fish ID chart

$7.50 is charged for admission to the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (not included in price), except for children 12 years old and under.

WEAR SUNSCREEN (and make sure it's Oxybenzone free) - There is very little shade in Hanauma Bay and absolutely no shade when you go snorkeling, so remember to wear sunscreen, especially on your back and the back of your legs because they face up the whole time you snorkel!  Make sure it's waterproof and Oxybenzone free.  Yes, the stuff without the chemical Oxybenzone is more expensive but we've found that Oxybenzone is toxic to not only humans but also the coral reefs and so the State of Hawaii has banned the sale of sunscreens with it in it.

Bring a snack - There is only one cafe near the entrance of Hanauma Bay and it's super expensive, so bring a snack with you.

Bring your camera - If you've got a waterproof camera, definitely bring it.  If you don't, get one of those waterproof cases for your phone (just make sure it's strapped to you while you snorkel so you don't lose it).  As long as the case isn't really cheaply made, and you use it correctly, your phone should be fine.

Don't leave anything valuable on the beach - It's not a foregone conclusion that if you leave valuable stuff on the beach it'll be stolen, but it's best not to test that.  It's much better to just leave your valuable stuff back in the hotel room and just bring the essentials with you.  There is a paid bag check on the beach if you really must bring something you want kept safe.

IT'S A FELONY TO MESS WITH HAWAIIAN GREEN SEA TURTLES OR MONK SEALS - Any sea mammals (seals, whales, dolphins, etc) and Hawaiian sea turtles are federally protected.  The law says that you are "not allowed to change their behavior" so that means no feeding, touching, basically anything, punishable by jail time and a large fine.  It's best to just give them their space and let them do their own thing if you see them.  It's rare to see monk seals in Hanauma Bay but it happens, and turtles are a common sight as well.

Don't feed the fish or step on the coral - When you get to Hanauma Bay you'll watch a conversation video that reminds you not to feed the fish or step on the coral, but we're going to remind you again now.  Don't feed the fish!  There's naturally enough food in Hanauma Bay for the marine life and when we interfere with that we throw it way off balance.  Don't step on the coral!  Our coral reefs are living, breathing organisms, and when you step on it you kill it.  Hawaii made Hanauma Bay a nature preserve in 1999, but before that it was no-holds-barred, people did whatever the heck they wanted, and the reef was obliterated and the marine life has changed dramatically.