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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling

October 7, 2014

We arrived early, so we thought, at the Hanauma Bay Wildlife preserve to go snorkeling and explore the area. The line for the tickets was long, but moved quicker than we anticipated. Once inside the preserve we had to wait about 15 minutes to be let into a small theater to watch a video going over the do’s and don’ts of the park such as not standing on the coral and not touching or feeding the animals. Once we were released we made our way down to the beach area and rented our snorkeling gear.


The bay was beautiful and the snorkeling was stellar. There were beautifully colored fish of all kinds, lots of corral and white sand beaches. I do have to say there was a LOT of people, which made snorkeling a bit hard at times. You were always bumping into people and being kicked by others, but it was well worth the trip.


I would recommend getting there by 8am to get a prime beach spot and avoid the lines. Keep in mind it costs $7.50 to enter the park, which is good for 365 days. It is also an additional $15 to rent snorkel gear. If you have your own bring it. Don’t pass up this gem just because of the crowds, it’s definitely worth a visit.




Safe Travels!

Julie Waters

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  1. January 14, 2016 2:51 pm

    We had a wonderful time at Hanauma bay. It’s a perfect spot for families to experience Hawaii’s sealife. If your driving, get there early since the parking lot can fill up by 10am. The bay is a preservation and efforts are made to keep it nice for future generations. Snorkeling is really amazing – so many colorful fish. There was some surge on the day we visited so the visibility was not great. The fish are pretty tame. Before entering, you’ll need to see a short video on the reef. Be sure to look your car and take valuables with you as the lot is known for theft. Here’s some photos from our visit to Hanauma Bay.

    Tom @

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