Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
Number 1 spot for snorkelling in Oahu
About Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve’s role and aim is to protect the beautiful and fragile ecosystem of the bay.
Entering the park and before going down to the magnificent beach along the steep road, every single visitor must watch a 10 minute educational film about the bay. If you do not like to walk down to the beach, there is a shuttle that transports tourists up and down for a small price.
If you are going there, know that the busiest seasons with many tourists are summer and winter.
The tropical paradise Hanauma Bay consist of lush vegetation and white beach, and complemented by the richness of the coral reefs and the marine life. Long time ago, in the 18th century, the bay was a favorite fishing spot of the Hawaiian kings. And nowadays it is protected by the government. And there is a reason – a lot of unique tropical fish is living there. One of them is considered a symbol of Hawaii – Humuhumunukunukuapua’a fish.
The Natural Preserve is under the strict project management for environmental protection. Once Hanauma Bay had being visited by about 3 million tourists a year, but their number is drastically reduced.
Today the beach park is visited by about a million people annually or around 3000 per day. In 1967 here was established the organization that deals with the protection of rare marine life.
Hanauma Bay Snorkeling
While snorkeling in Hanauma Bay you can encounter rare turtles, Hanauma Bay is a real icon among the dive sites in Oahu. In this marine life kingdom lives about 400 species of tropical fish. And you can swim along with them. Some of them can be seen only in this region of Hawaii.
Besides the amazing coral reef teeming with hundreds of colourful passages of fish, visitors can also see the rarely seen Green Sea turtles. The hiking trails along the ridge and along the coast offer breathtaking panoramic views of the Bay. People can learn more about protecting this beautiful place, at the recent discoveries Marine Education Center.