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Plan a Fun Time Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

Hanauma bayOne of your top plans for your stay on Oahu should be a trip to Hanauma Bay park. This crescent shaped bay on the southern edge of the island, near Diamond Head.  It is a Nature Preserve and a Marine Life Conservation District that is one of the best snorkeling venues on the planet.

Getting to Hanauma bay - There are several ways to get to the bay:

  1. Plan your trip on any day except Tuesdays. The park is always closed on Tuesdays.
  2. Use a commercial bus tour to take you from your hotel to the bay and back. This is a good choice sense you don’t have to worry about parking. Prices vary, and usually do not include the entrance fee. They may also provide you with snorkeling equipment. See the list of items to bring (below) to make sure your snorkeling equipment include everything you need. The downside may be how often the buses come to take you and to pick you up. Make sure you know the schedule.
  3. Drive. This is a good option if you have a car since it gives you a lot of flexibility, and you can take more items with you that may make your stay more enjoyable. The downside of this option is parking. If you arrive too late, the parking lot may be full. When it is full, it is closed, and you will have to come back at a different time. The parking lot almost always fills up, and it may close as early as 7:30 am on a busy day. Some days it may not close until 11am, but almost always by then.
  4. City Bus. This is an inexpensive option, but it may take a while (about 40 minutes) from Waikiki. Bus 22 is what you want to catch. Check the schedule both to and from the bay to make sure it fits your schedule.  You can check the schedule here.

Here are the fees to expect:Admission: $7.50 per person (waived for persons 12 years & younger or Hawaii Resident with proof of residency.

 Hanauma Bay From Abova
This is the view of  Hanauma Bay snorkelers from the entrance (before you walk down to the beach.)

You must walk down a steep hill to get to the beach. You may optionally take a shuttle down (and the up) from the beach. There is a nominal charge. It may be waived for handicapped persons, and may be more if you are carrying a lot of stuff.

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