|Hanauma Bay Preserve|
Some of the best snorkeling in Hawaii
Hanauma Bay is Hawaii's first marine life nature conservation district. The beautiful coral reef and its inhabitants are dilligently protected by the state of Hawaii. This is not, as the state points out on its website, a beach park for typical beach sport activities. the purpose of this beach park is to preserve the reef and educate the public.
While you wouldn't want to show up here with your surfboard in hand you most definately want to bring snorkel gear, and an underwater camera. The bay is sheltered from the rough east Oahu seas, and provides some of the most breath taking underwater scenery anywhere in Hawaii.There is a small donation of $3 dollars to enter the park, which is used to help protect and maintain the bay.
Upon entering, you will be shown a short video that will teach you a bit about the ecosystem in the bay, and how you can interact with it in a way that is safe for you as well as the marine life that thrives here. Don't Have snorkel gear in your pack ? No problem, you can rent a resonably priced set right there at the beach. there are also several tour companies that will pick you up at your hostel or hotel, and provide round trip transportation and a snorkel set.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
Phone: 808 396-4229
Fax: 808 395-0468