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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu

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#1 of 164 in Nature in Hawaii
Must see · Water Body · Wildlife Area
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Famous for its sheltered inlet of calm and clear turquoise water, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve protects about 400 different species of fish and attracts amateur and professional snorkelers from around the world. The bay is also a nursery for green sea turtles, which you may see nesting as you walk or swim along the coastline. You can rent diving equipment if you don't bring your own and spend a day searching for parrotfish and coral. The preserve's regulations prohibit touching or walking on the coral heads, which often resemble large rocks on the ocean's floor. Keep in mind that touching or brushing up against coral or marine rocks may also result in serious wounds. Arrange your visit to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and discover more family-friendly attractions in Honolulu using our Honolulu day trip app.
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4.4
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  • Beautiful quiet place to snorkel! Well organized and great set up. Staff was very helpful. Had to make reservations in advance 
    Beautiful quiet place to snorkel! Well organized and great set up. Staff was very helpful. Had to make reservations in advance  more »
  • We visited in 2019. The reef didn’t have a lot of fish but was still very fun to snorkel. Fast forward to 2023. New booking process makes it really difficult to secure a reservation but we tried... 
    We visited in 2019. The reef didn’t have a lot of fish but was still very fun to snorkel. Fast forward to 2023. New booking process makes it really difficult to secure a reservation but we tried...  more »
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  • Best day of my life. Plan to spend the whole day there! You could just snorkel as long as you want. The beach is amazing and great snorkelling experience for a beginner
  • Bring your water shoes (must), life-vest (if you don’t know how to swim), and your snorkeling gears (must). Use coral reef safe sunscreen. You’ll see the fishes but reef itself is pretty much dead. BRING SNACKS/food and drinks for sure.

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