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Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay , is an extinct volcanic crater in the southeast of the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, about 20 kilometers east of the center of the capital, Honolulu. it is an extinct volcanic crater, with clear water and with THOUSANDS of fish, it is like being in the Aquarium.
Today, Hanauma Bay, one of O’ahu’s main tourist destinations,  Accordingly, the underwater world, especially the coral reef, has suffered and lost part of its original beauty. In order to offer a minimum of regeneration, on Tuesdays no  access is possible.
In this scenario some shots of the Elvis Presley movie “Blue Hawaii” were filmed. The frequent presence of Cubozoa class jellyfish combined with excessive overuse of its beach are the main reasons that led to the closure of the bay on several occasions.
Hanauma Bay was declared a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park in 1967.

Access : Coordinates: /By bus :  Bus number 22 takes you from Waikiki Beach to Hanauma Bay , Waikiki shuttle services run daily and it will take you around 40 minutes to get to the park. / Hiring a tour : There are several tour companies that offer round trip transportation from Waikiki. The tours include snorkeling equipment, and include a narrated tour. The prices are reasonable and the best part is no parking problems. / drive to Hanauma. : However, parking is limited and the lot fills up quickly and early.

Attractions :

  •  Hanauma Bay State Park, in 1967 Hanauma Bay was declared a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park,Hanauma is both a Nature Preserve and a Marine Life Conservation District , In 2002 a marine education center was opened for visitors and part of the conservation plan requires first-time visitors to watch a 9 minute video before entering the park.
  • Hanauma Bay Beach . Hanauma Beach is a place that is ideal for snorkeling and other water sports. Below we present a selection of photographs that will take you on an imaginary journey through this graceful place on the planet.
  • Diving , Diving is the most popular activity in “Hanauma Bay”. Floating among the coral formations populated by incredible sea creatures is a pleasant way to spend the day on the island of Oahu. There are you rent snorkeling equipment and offer classes for beginners. Even the most inexperienced diver can have a good time exploring the different species that inhabit the reef.
  • snorkeling , snorkeling is so popular due to the wide variety of marine species that inhabit the bay. In addition to turtles, divers can take a look at the popular Rhinecanthus rectangulus , butterfly fish, trumpet fish, angel fish, and many other varieties of fish.

Facilities : snack bar located at the upper level area of the park/ Beach wheel chairs are available for free / Lockers / 300 parking stalls / lifeguards, restrooms, changing rooms and showers / snorkeling equipment rentals

Tram service between the upper level and the lower level ($1.00 down / $1.25 up)

Opening hours: Hanauma Bay entrance opens at 6am and Closes at 6pm daily.Hanauma Bay is CLOSED on Tuesdays.

Admission fees : At the entrance, after paying the $7.50 entry fee – Kids 12 & under are FREE, you’ll need to watch a movie about behavioral rules in the bay.

Activities : sightseeing / photo opportunities / trekking – walk on Coastal Path / swimming / diving / Snorkel Tour to Hanauma Bay / Walk or Ride the Tram

Go next : Diamond Head / Makapu’u Lighthouse / Manoa Waterfall / Waikiki / Honolulu / Explore rest of Honolulu

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