Hanauma Bay is a true paradise for divers and is not accidentally declared one of the best America’s beaches. It is located about 9 miles (15km) East of the world famous Waikiki beach and is an incredible natural pool formed in a volcanic crater.




About Hanauma Bay

Translated from Hawaiian Hanauma bay 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 and in the past Hanauma Bay 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.

Tram to the beachIn fact, the bay is a beach park and 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, which, for a sum of 50 cents in one direction will take you down to the beach.

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

Admission Fees and Prices

Person above 13 years of age

$7.5

Children under 13 years of age

FREE

Residents of Hawaii with valid ID

FREE

The admission fee is waived if you are a Hawaii Resident 13 years or older with acceptable proof of residency. Acceptable proof of residency is defined as:

  • Current Hawaii Driver’s License
  • Current Hawaii State ID w/ Hawaii Address on the front of the ID (Must be valid for one year or more)
  • Current Hawaii School Student ID with current year or semester validation

Only 1 ID per person per day is permitted. There are no refunds.

Hours of Operation

Hanauma Bay hours of operation are specific. It is open every day except for Tuesdays, Christmas and New Year’s day. Public visits are forbidden during holidays. The bay is closed for tourists every Tuesday with the idea of preserving the environment unharmed.

Summer hours

Summer days are considered to be between April through September. During that time Hanauma Bay  hours of operation are from 6:00am until 7:00pm. The Nature Preserve is closed every Tuesday.

Winder hours

Winter days are considered to be October through March. During the winter, the open hours are every day from 6:00a.m. until 6:00p.m. And again it is closed every Tuesday.

Note: Changes are possible at any time. For the latest information call the recorded information line at (808) 396-4229.

Open
  • October thru March

    Open from 6am to 6pm.

  • April thru September

    Open from 6am to 7pm.

  • Every Saturday

    Open from 6am to 10pm.

Closed
  • Every Tuesday

    All Day.

  • Christmas

    All Day.

  • New Years Day

    All Day.

Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

Snorkeling at Hanauma BayIf you go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, there will be nearly 450 types of tropical fish in the warm waters that will make you company. Some of them are endemic to the Hawaii region. Here you can see humuhumunukunukuapua’a – the fish considered a symbol of Hawaii. While snorkeling at the bay you can encounter turtles, including the rarely seen Green Sea turtles. Hanauma Bay is a real tropical jewel composed of a white beach, lush vegetation, extraordinary marine wealth and coral reefs.

The Hawaiian Islands are visited by about 8 million tourists from around the world, each year. And while some prefer the exotic comfort and luxury of Waikiki in the southern part of Oahu, others prefer a little paradise in the southeast of the island called Hanauma Bay. This place is for those who really want to enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling. In 2004 Hanauma Bay was named the best beach in America. This is one of the best places in the world for diving and snorkeling.

Car parking

About 3 million tourists have visited Hanauma Bay per year. But today their number is drastically reduced to nearly 1 million. About 3,000 people on average visit the beach each day. Some of them do it by car. And if you travel by car as well, be aware that the Hanauma Bay parking is relatively small and fills early. And the bad news is that if there is no place to leave your vehicle you will not be able to dive into the Bay.

So if you want to go by car, the best time to do so is between 6:00a.m. and 7a.m. After that time, the chance to find a free parking space for your car are minimal.

Hanauma Bay car parking

Map and Location

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.

Tours and Activities in Oahu

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The Hawaiian Islands are visited by about 8 million tourists from around the world, each year. And while some prefer the exotic comfort and luxury of Waikiki in the southern part of Oahu, others prefer a little paradise in the southeast of the island called Hanauma Bay. This place is for those who really want to enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling. In 2004 Hanauma Bay was named the best beach in America. This is one of the best places in the world for diving and snorkeling.