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Snorkeling Hanauma Bay

Listed under Diving in Honolulu, United States.

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One of the best known of Hawaii’s snorkeling spots this is a popular hang out for fish as well. Clear and sandy and sheltered by a part caved in volcano this spot now actually has limited daily visitors (around 3,000) to help protect the ecosystem and the fish that thrive here. A lot of information is posted up about taking care of the marine environment so although it is still popular it is in good condition. Coral starts a way off shore and is in quite shallow water. Busy but still worth visiting and still one of the best spots on Oahu.

Written by  Keraili Grant.

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Lots of fish and easy to snorkel

The best snorkeling spot on Oahu for lots of friendly fish and sea turtles. Rent on the spot and enjoy the beautiful beach as well. Parking is only $1 but get there early.

The hill down and up is steep but they offer a cheap tram. Also, you have to watch and instructional/educational video at least once a year.

Pricing is good. Residents and Military are free.

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Great recommendation - thanks!

First time ever..

It was my first time in Hawaii and my first time snorkeling. I am not a strong swimmer but it was quite a beautiful experience seeing lovely fishes. Hanauma Bay sparked my bf's interest in snorkeling and now it is a hobby we plan on pursuing together.

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay is now a protected marine park, it is home to coral and a large population of fish, including parrotfish who live in the volcanic lagoon’s sheltered waters. The Bay was originally formed by the cone of a volcano and it now acts as a buffer to protect to cove from high winds and rough seas.

Divers can expect to see eels, Spotted Eagle Rays, octopi and Green Sea Turtles.

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