We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Features Animals
6 222
All photos (6 222)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“snorkel gear”(574 reviews)
“beautiful bay”(315 reviews)
A perfect snorkeling spot.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in Oahu as I like it
Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825-2005
+1 808-396-4229
Ways to Experience Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
from US$36,00
More Info
from US$139,00
More Info
from US$98,00
More Info
from US$124,61
More Info
Reviews (14 508)
Filter reviews
11 614 results
Traveller rating
7 414
2 674
1 055
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
7 414
2 674
1 055
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsgreat place to snorkelsnorkel gearbeautiful baycoral reefbeautiful fishon tuesdaysshort videosea lifelow tidearrive earlyunderwater cameraentrance feeshallow waterparking lot was fullsmall feeparking spotnice beach
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 11 614 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I was reluctant to do this because of reading about how compromised this area is by tourist incursion. There is mostly dead coral now and of course a lot of people. But. It was one of the highlights of our trip. We used Huanama Bay...More

2  Thank 14ww01
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We spent a few hours on this magnificent beach and absolutely loved it. Calm sheltered waters, patrolled by professional lifeguards, make it and ideal location for families to visit. Perfect for novice snorkellers, there is a plethora of tropical fish, to be seen only metres...More

Thank Jabero54
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Huge reef inside an old crater. It is a nature preserve, so it's strictly regulated: you have to watch a short video on keeping the reef healthy every year, including not touching or taking anything, stepping on the reef, etc. It is closed on Tuesdays...More

Thank serenitynow89
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

When I arrived at the parking at 9:00am it was already full, drove a few kms more, went to a different beach ahead and came back around 10:00 at there was space available. The parking is $1,00. There was a huge line to go inside...More

Thank Roberta F
Reviewed 2 days ago

Hanauma Bay is a must visit while in Oahu. The snorkeling is wonderful if the weather is right. Get there early as the parking & beach fill up quickly in the mornings.

Thank Baja001
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The water is clear and beautiful. Easy snorkel from shore but watch for sharp corral. There is a small entrance fee to the parking area and another larger fee into the crater/snorkel area. There are restrooms available so you can change clothes before or after...More

Thank IRAadvisor
Reviewed 2 days ago

The place is beautiful with crystal clear water but so crowded. We came there two times and the parking lot was full. Oahu is a very nice island but too much tourist.

Thank vantha
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Such a wonderful nature preserve with the best snorkeling around. Add clean bathrooms, snorkel rentals (although we brought our own), even a tram to take folks up and down the hill and a concession stand at the entrance, it’s a great beach too with the...More

1  Thank Eric F
Reviewed 3 days ago

We just visited to take pictures, but the scenery is amazing and I have heard that the snorkelling is excellent too. A lot of people were snorkelling while we were there, but it wasn't too crowded. Well worth a visit.

Thank EFM86
Reviewed 3 days ago

I will start out by saying the snorkeling was good, easy swimming and lots of fish. Not much coral, mostly rocks or dead coral looking stuff. The variety of fish was nice. Our experience here was the most frustrating tourist attraction experience I have ever...More

Thank sonadorcat
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
9 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Seattle60Gary | Reviewed this property |
There is a bus. Goes around the island. I think it is 55
8 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
Response from veronicamonell | Reviewed this property |
Lanikai Beach definitely, no current and less of a crowd. Parking is trickier though. You can park by any residential street it’s all public parking for the beach. The locals hate that lol. Another great snorkeling spot is... More
Zahra K
5 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Janny1951 | Reviewed this property |
It would be perfectly fine just make sure you wear water shoes as there are lots of rocks and fins can be very awkward unless you used to them.