Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve on Oahu: A Fabulous Snorkeling Experience in the Hawaiian Islands by Fiona Whiley
Hanauma Bay is one of the most beautiful places for a snorkeling experience on Oahu. The bay lies at the bottom of a volcanic crater and all that is left is the crescent-moon shaped beach that you see today. As you float above the shallow coral reefs you will enjoy the company of over 300 species of Hawaiian fish in crystal-clear waters.
Before you are allowed to enter the nature preserve you have to watch a short induction video aimed at educating guests about the importance of preservation of the coral reefs. The fee to enter the preserve is $7.50. There are many expensive tours that will take you out to Hanauma Bay, but my travel tip on this place is to skip the tour! Just take the bus (route No. 22) and you will be there in about half an hour from Waikiki.
Photo: Fiona Whiley
Buy your own snorkel gear at a local ABC shop in the Honolulu region and head out on the public transport system for a fraction of the cost of a tour. Just remember that the park is closed on Tuesdays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day, or in adverse weather conditions. Check the Hanauma Bay State Park website before you go.
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