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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hawaii offers a sublime snorkelling experience in one of the best spots in the world, home to over 400 exotic species.

As you turn off the Kalnianaole Highway, about 16 kilometres east of Waikiki, you will be greeted by signs leading you to one of the most beautifully unspoilt corners of the world. Hanauma Bay was born out of an old volcanic crater that eroded over time and allowed the ocean to flow in, bring a plethora of marine life with it. Now this watery world is yours to explore.

Bring your snorkelling gear and dive into the pure waters, where you'll discover everything from butterfly fish to sea turtles gliding elegantly through the beautiful coral reefs. And don’t worry if you don’t have equipment; a bay-side rental shop can provide everything you could possibly need for an unforgettable snorkelling experience.

To learn more about this underwater habitat before you wade in, stop at the volcanically-shaped Marine Education Center. The geographical nuances of the area are thoroughly explained by the exhibits in this excellent exhibition, and the theatre plays an informative short film that gives visitors a deeper understanding of the biodiversity of the region. The Marine Education Center is open all year round, but closes every Tuesday.

Before heading down to the beach, pick up a fish identification chart from the Marine Education Center reception. You can take these detailed cards down onto the beach with you so that you can identify any species that you spot – a fun activity for families with young children. You can then test your memory by spotting as many different species as possible as you snorkel around the bay. There are over 400 fish and sea-life species to seek out in the waters here, so immerse yourself in a mass of colourful elegance as you watch this unique ecosystem glide and flap though the maze of corals below.

Come fully prepared with a packed lunch to stay on the beach all day, or splash the cash at the beach-side snack shop; a great place to replenish your energy after your aquatic work out. Then return to the clear waters of Hanauma Bay to absorb more of this natural delight.

Popular Activities at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

You could comfortably spend an entire morning at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Here are just some of the things you can try here:

If you'd like even more options, examine our Eastern Honolulu things to do page.


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Hawaii Kai
Hawaii Kai

Hawaii Kai

277 Lunalilo Home Rd, Honolulu, HI
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Hawaii Kai, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Hanauma Bay Beach, and Hanauma Bay. Eternity Beach and Halona Cove are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Kaiwiki Place
    Kaiwiki Place

    Kaiwiki Place

    6307 Kaiwiki Pl Honolulu, Honolulu, HI
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Hawaii Kai, this vacation home is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Kawaikui Beach Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Hanauma Bay Beach and Hanauma Bay are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      6307 Kaiwiki Pl Home 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home
      6307 Kaiwiki Pl Home 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home

      6307 Kaiwiki Pl Home 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home

      6307 Kaiwiki Pl, Honolulu, HI
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Hawaii Kai, this vacation home is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Kawaikui Beach Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Hanauma Bay Beach and Hanauma Bay are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        826 Kaahue Street Home 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Home
        826 Kaahue Street Home 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Home

        826 Kaahue Street Home 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Home

        826 Kaahue Street, Honolulu, HI
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Hawaii Kai, this golf villa is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Hanauma Bay Beach and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Hanauma Bay. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Sea Life Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Luxurious Paradise on Marina
          Luxurious Paradise on Marina

          Luxurious Paradise on Marina

          274 Hakalau Pl, Honolulu, HI
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Hawaii Kai, this villa is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Kawaikui Beach Park and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Hanauma Bay is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

            Villa Aloha
            Villa Aloha

            Villa Aloha

            5060 Kalaniana'ole Highway, Honolulu, HI
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Eastern Honolulu, this cottage is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Kawaikui Beach Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kahala Mall and Waiʻalae Beach Park. Kahala Beach is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

              Hale Poola by RedAwning
              Hale Poola by RedAwning

              Hale Poola by RedAwning

              4980 Poola St, Honolulu, HI
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Eastern Honolulu, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kawaikui Beach Park, Kahala Mall, and Waiʻalae Beach Park. Kahala Beach is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.