Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, an underwater park and conservation area, is a snorkeling paradise, even for beginners. The Preserve has abundant marine life and lovely coral reefs which snorkelers and swimmers can enjoy. There are also several hiking paths surrounding the cove. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is located on the Southeast Oahu coast and is a perfect cove beach. The crescent-shape of the beach protects the area from large ocean waves. There is not a better place in Hawaii to view spectacular coral reefs and marine life as Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.
How to Get There
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is located on Kalaniana ‘Ole Highway, Route 72. It is roughly ten miles east of Waikiki.
How Much it Cost
The charge to park is $1 per car.
The admission price is $5 per person. However, children under 13, residents of Hawaii, and active duty military personnel assigned to Hawaii receive free admission.
When Is It Open
Hanauma Bay is open every day, except Tuesdays. During the winter months of October through March, the hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. On the second Saturday of the month, the Preserve is open longer hours 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. During the summer months of April through September, the hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month hours of operation are longer, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
What to Expect
Since this is one of the most popular beaches in Hawaii, there will be people. It is a good idea to arrive early because there is a limit to the number of visitors allowed each day. To protect the beach and water from traffic, cars park at the top of the hill and hike down to the beach. A shuttle bus down to the beach is available for a $1 fee. Before visitors hike to the beach and surf, they must watch a ten minute video explaining the importance of protecting the reef and marine life. Snorkel equipment rentals are available at the Preserve.