Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

This is my second time to Hanauma Bay State Park and I still love it.  Even though it was overcast there was good visibility in the water.

Whether you are snorkelling, swimming or just enjoying the view from the beach, Hanauma Bay is definitely worth a visit.

There are plenty of fish and look out for coral, eels, octopus and turtles.  We didn’t see any turtles this time but did on a previous trip in late May.

For restoration purposes, the bay is closed every Tuesday.

Moorish Idol, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

To get there you can either book a tour, Hanauma Bay State Park shuttle or drive.  I have done a tour and driven.

  • For the tour, it should include a hotel pickup and snorkel, mask and flipper (park entry is extra – USD7.50) with around 2 hours allocated to be at Hanauma Bay. Cost can vary and there are plenty of tour companies that offer this, just find the one that best fits.
  • To book the shuttle go to: https://hanaumabaystatepark.com/
  • If you have a hire car you can drive and park at Hanauma Bay (park is USD1). You need to get there early otherwise it can be difficult to get a parking spot.  We arrived at 7:15am and that car park was half full. Unless you are a local or a regular visitor, you will need to go through a Park Orientation. We went through the first one of the day at 7:30am. The Orientations lasts for 9 minutes and runs every 15 minutes. The video provides a history of the park and the park rules. Park entry is USD7.50 per person and you can hire snorkel, mask and flippers for USD20.
Fish and coral, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
School of fish, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
Parrot fish, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

Having travelled extensively since a young child, I am now looking to share my experiences while indulging in my travel passions of castles, dinosaurs, trains, and UNESCO sites. I also want to show that you can travel safely and easily on your own. When I am not travelling, I am an IT Project Manager.


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