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.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve reviews
I love the fact that this nature preserve is limited to only 720 people per day due to covid restrictions. This ensures that the bay is not overused by humans. The staff are friendly and helpful... more »
Just wanted to stop and take a picture but the gate was closed. Last time we were here many people pulled in to an upper parking lot for the view and pictures. They have allowed COVID to hurt... more »
Get there early if you want to park there.
The fish was great. The coral however was washed white, not colorful. The scenery is awesome, with erupted volcano a while back. We always enjoy coming here.
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