Hanauma Bay

Also known as Hanauma Bay Beach Park

Water
Sea (Salt water)
Features
Coral Reef, Wall, Sand, Snorkel / Free-dive Friendly
Depth
9.1 m (avg)
25 m (max)
Diver Level
All Divers

This spectacular bay is formed by a crater where one wall collapsed to let the ocean in. It is home to some excellent diving with plenty of marine life to see including Manta Ray, Big Eye Jacks, Triton Shells, Eels, Ladyfish, White Spotted Moray, Parrotfish, and Butterflyfish.

This site is less crowded than it used to be before controls were introduced in 1990, however major environmental impact is still evident here.

Parking, and access to the beach is controlled here. Parking costs $1 per car. Entry to the bay is $7.50 per person, and free for military/under 12s, A tram runs to the beach, costing $0.75 on the way down and $1 back (buy tickets at the top!) You must watch a 9 minute video to enter the park which explains the history of the area and how to care for the life there. There is a moderate walk to the beach from the car, even with the tram trip.

If you arrive after 3PM entry to the bay is free of charge.

Life guards observe the bay through most business hours.

The majority of visitors here snorkel. Areas near the shore are covered with rocks and dead coral with only a few new corals forming in places. Plenty of large colourful reef fish will be seen as well as octopus, sea cucumber, and urchins.

There are no refreshments available on the beach apart from water fountains. If you wish to buy soft drink or food you must walk back up the steep hill, so plan ahead!

A kiosk by the water provides rental equipment. A set of fins, mask and snorkel is $12, or $5 per item. Inflatable life vests are $7. A deposit of $30 or credit card, drivers license or rental car keys is required too.

The site is popular and the car park can fill up quickly. It is a good idea to get there as early as 8 AM to avoid disappointment. If the site is full, a sign will be displayed at the top of the driveway by the main road and you won't be allowed to drive in. There is no parking nearby, though you can park in town at the bottom of the hill and take a taxi or a bus back up the hill to the entrance.

Occasional box jellyfish sightings here.

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