Hanauma Bay: A Great Place For Snorkeling

Hanauma Bay (pronounced “ha-na-OO-mah”, in Hawaiian) is one of those places that you must visit when vacationing in Hawaii. Hanauma Bay is located on the southeast coast of the Island of Oahu. Hana means ‘bay’ and uma means ‘curve,’ hence the translation of Curved Bay. It’s basically the next door neighbor to Koko Crater, remember that place where you can get a crazy good cardio workout?

The bay offers a great place to snorkel while surrounded by a variety of sea creatures in very calm waters. This is probably the reason why it’s so busy with tourists! While snorkeling keep an eye out for honu (Hawaii sea turtles) and the state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua’a (Reef triggerfish). Also remember that the corals which makes up the bay is a living creature, so try not to step on it. With that in mind, know that the fish love to feed off of the corals and therefore many of the fish can be seen close to the corals.

Hanauma Bay Tips:

  • Admission is $7.50 adults, local residents with a valid ID and kids under 13 are admitted for FREE.
  • Hanauma Bay parking is $1.
  • During the summer, Hanauma Bay is open daily from 6:00a.m. until 7:00p.m.
  • During the winter, Hanauma Bay is open daily from 6:00a.m. until 6:00p.m.
  • Hanauma Bay is always closed on Tuesdays
  • You can rent snorkels at the bay.
  • The trek down to the bay is tiresome and there is no food stands at beach level. However, you can bring food down with you, just remember to throw away your rubbish!
  • Night snorkeling is available on the second Saturday of every month. [Night snorkeling has been discontinued – bummer. Thanks for the tip Penny!].

All photos by Coty Gonzales.

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  1. Thanks Penny for the update! I can’t believe they closed that down – it was such a fun thing to do. It looks like they closed it sometime last year when the City began doing furloughs. Hopefully they bring back the night snorkeling sometime in the future.

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