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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hours, Parking and Snorkeling

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s office and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Design and Construction  announced on Monday that the eagerly awaited online reservation system for the Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve is in place.

Already visitors quickly took advantage of and made their reservations. The reservations can be made up to 48 hours before the visit. All visitors are required to watch a short educational film in the reserve’s theater before entering.

Time slots are available in 10-minute increments, starting at 7 a.m. to 1:40 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. As you know, the bay is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Reservations for a given day will remain open until the seats are filled or until midnight the day before, reservations for Wednesday will be closed after 23:59 the previous Tuesday.

Here’s how to make reservations to Hanauma Bay

Go to the following address This is the new reservation system of the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation.

Choose your the date you’d like to visit Hanauma Bay. Select a time slot and fill your information. Finish the process and confirm the reservation.

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COVID-19 update

New Hours of Operation

Hanauma Bay has new working hours. It will be closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays. Visitors will be allowed from 7:45am to 2pm and they must leave by 4pm. Face coverings are required at all times.

Entry limitations

Only a group of 30 individuals at a time will be allowed to access the parking lot and the entrance. Once that group enters the theatre to watch the mandatory educational video, the next group will be allowed to enter. The number of visitors be capped at 720 a day.

Educational video

All visitors will be required to watch the educational video in the theatre for each visit. Previous viewing of the video will not preclude visitors from skipping this step.


The gift shop, education center, food concession, snorkel and locker rental facilities will remain closed. If you want to enjoy snorkeling, you should bring your own snorkel equipment The bathrooms, showers, and the tramway to the beach will be in operation unless otherwise indicated on-site.

Commercial activities

There won’t be any commercial activities allowed to operate in Hanauma Bay. This includes commercial vehicles, taxis, and commercial tour groups including, but not limited to, sightseeing, scuba, or snorkel groups.

Entry and parking fees

Entry and parking fees for non-residents of Hawaii have increased as a result of Ordinance 20-32. You can check the prices below.

Hanauma Bay hours

Hanauma Bay is open from 6:00am until 7:00pm in Summer and from 6:00am until 6:00pm in Winter. It is closed every Tuesday, Christmas and New Year’s day. Public visits are forbidden during holidays.

The best time to go is between 6:00am and 7:00am. About 3,000 people visit the Nature Preserve each day, that is why it is the best to visit it as early as you can. Note: Changes are possible at any time. For the latest information call the recorded information line at (808) 396-4229.

  • October thru March

    Open from 6am to 6pm.

  • April thru September

    Open from 6am to 7pm.

  • Every Saturday

    Open from 6am to 10pm.

  • Every Tuesday

    Closed all day.

  • Christmas

    Closed all day.

  • New Years Day

    Closed all day.

Hanauma Bay snorkeling

Hanauma Bay snorkeling Hanauma Bay snorkeling is the most popular activity in Oahu, Hawaii. You do not have to be a professional diver to enjoy the calm water and white sand. There are over 300 Hawaiian fish species lurking about the shallow coral reefs, it is easy to see why this Oahu Beach holds its fame!

The pristine marine ecosystem and sea life allows you to encounter the famous see green sea turtles and humuhumunukunukuapua’a reef triggerfish considered a symbol of Hawaii. You can also see corals octopuses, eels, and literally thousands of other marine life forms. Before you head out to snorkel in Hanauma bay, we recommend you to check out the snorkeling tips and warning signs.

How much does it cost to rent snorkel gear?

You can bring your own snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel and fins) if you want to snorkel in the bay. Or you can rent it for the day for $20.

Do you need reef shoes?

It is not necessary to wear reef shoes, but it is recommended because there is a sharp reef that can hurt you. You can alternatively swim with fins.

Does Hanauma Bay have green sea turtles?

The green sea turtles often swim alongside snorkelers. If you encounter a turtle and it approaches you, give it plenty of room to swim and surface for air. Do not touch them, it is illegal by the State law.

Are there sharks in the Bay?

There are some reef sharks. However they are only about 4 feet long and they don’t feed on humans. There has never been any shark attack in the bay.

Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Tips and Warning Signs

Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Tips and Warning Signs

If you can not swim, do not try to snorkel! It is not that you can't put your feet in the water, but If you want to see more things you have to be sure in your swimming skills. Snorkeling is not a joke and if you go deeper, you should be aware of undercurrents...

Hanauma Bay Beach Facilities

Lifeguard on Duty
Lifeguards are on duty as soon as the park opens until it closes.
Snorkeling Gear Rentals
You can bring your own snorkeling gear or rent it for the day from a little hut near the restrooms.
Restrooms are available for visitors.
Gift Shop
If you’d like to buy souvenirs made by local artists you can do that at the gift shop.
Locker Rentals
Lockers are available on the beach for you to secure your valuables.
Food Concession Stand
You can take lunch with you or you can get it from the concessions up the hill from the beach.
Beach Showers
Showers available on the beach.
Education Center
Marine Education Center and Theater are located near the entrance of the preserve.
Parking lot
There’s a parking lot which fills up early.
Beach Transportation Shuttle
If you do not want to walk to the beach, you can get the beach shuttle to the beach.
Picnic Tables
Picnic tables available in the park.
Handicap Facilities
Disabled visitors can reach the shore using wheelchairs FREE of charge.

Hanauma Bay parking

The parking lot has only 300 spaces and is relatively small. It fills around 7:00am and when it is full there is a “LOT FULL” sign at the entrance to the park. You will not be allowed to enter  until there is available space. The parking fee is $1.00 per vehicle and is valid for one entry only.


Vehicle Fees

The fees do not apply to a taxicab unless the vehicle may also be operated as a licensed motor carrier.

Motor Vehicles

(Hawaii residents)

Motor Vehicles


Motor vehicles

(1 - 7 passengers)

Motor vehicles

(8 - 25 passengers)

Motor vehicles

(26 and more passengers)

Parking lot from above

Directions and Address

If you want to use a GPS navigation, the address you should enter is 7455 Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii. Or you can enter the following coordinates: 21.2690° N, 157.6938° W.

To find driving directions and more information how to get by car, bus or Waikiki trolley read our article from Waikiki to Hanauma Bay beach park.

Park Admission (updated)

There is a $7.50 entry fee for visitors 13 years of age or older. Children under 13 years of age, active military and Hawaiian residents with acceptable proof of residency can enter the park without paying an admission fee.

Acceptable proof of residency can be Hawaii driver’s license, State ID with Hawaii address on the front (must be valid for one year or more) or Hawaii student ID with current year or semester validation.

Note: Only 1 ID per person per day is permitted.

Person above 13 years of age


Children under 13 years of age


Residents of Hawaii with valid ID



Hanauma Bay State Park is a popular snorkeling spot and one of the best beaches in the United States. This incredible natural pool, formed in a volcanic crater, is located in Hawaii Kai residential community area. That is 9 miles (15km) East of the world famous Waikiki beach and is an.

Its name means “curved bay”. However, a whole bunch of legends are brought about the way this place has received its name. For the locals it is part of their history. In the past it has been an excellent place to fish. The archives show that in the 18th century the Hawaiian kings have often come here to have fun and sports.

Hanauma Bay tram to the beachIn fact, the this place is a nature preserve, which aims to protect the fragile and beautiful ecosystem in the area against unlawful influence. For this purpose, every guest at this fabulous place is obliged to watch a short educational film before heading down the steep road to the magnificent coastline. If you do not want to walk, there is a tram and for a sum of 50 cents, in one direction, will take you down to the beach.

The hiking trails along the ridge and along the coast offer breathtaking panoramic views. People can learn more about protecting this beautiful place, at the recent discoveries Marine Education Center.

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