Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Tours

Hanauma Bay State Park

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Note: Your $7.50 entry fee is NOT included in the price of your shuttle ride

Hanauma Bay History

Hanauma Bay was declared a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park in 1967

Formed within a volcanic cone, today Hanauma Bay offers a pristine marine ecosystem after the City and County of Honolulu laid out a plan in 1990 to restore the “curved bay,” after years of neglect and abuse from the millions of visitors who visit and love to snorkel Hanauma Bay. Part of this plan requires first-time visitors to watch a video before entering the park so they can learn about the marine life, preservation, conservation, and safety rules for the State Park. All visitors are required by law to refrain from mistreating the marine animals and from touching or walking on the coral heads.

Hanauma Bay sees on average 3000 visitors a day, or around one million visitors per year. The vast majority are tourists, but locals love this beach as well. The bay is closed to the public every Tuesday, Christmas Day and New Years Day to allow the fish a day of feeding without interruption.

About Hanauma Bay State Park

Hanauma Bay State Park is must do for your Oahu island itinerary. It is one of the premier destinations if you want to get acquainted with a plethora of fish and marine life and offers an overall great experience for people of all ages.

Tropical Fish
Orange Clown Fish
Powde Blue Tang

Hanauma Bay Shuttle Pricing

Our Shuttles provide round-trip transportation from Waikiki Hotels to Hanauma Bay State Park

$7.50 entry fee is NOT included - Park is open from 6am to 7pm

Hanauma Bay is CLOSED every Tuesday

Extended Tour

Our NEW Tour
Roundtrip Waikiki transportation
Narrated Tour to Hanauma Bay
Includes Mask, Fins and Snorkel
Instructions on how to use gear
Snorkeling safety tips
4½ hours total time
(More Snorkel/Beach Time)

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Standard Tour

Our Standard Tour
Roundtrip Waikiki transportation
Narrated Tour to Hanauma Bay
Includes Mask, Fins and Snorkel
Instructions on how to use gear
Snorkeling safety tips
3½ hours total time
Limited seating during summer

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Extra Prices at the Bay

Park Entry Fee - $7.50
Residents with ID - FREE
Active Military - FREE
12 yrs and under - FREE
Snorkel Set - $20.00
Parking lot fee - $1.00
Small Locker - $8.00
Large Locker - $10.00
Tram ride (down) - $1.00
Tram ride (up) - $1.25

Don’t take our word for it

"This is the BEST Snorkeling
location in Hawaii."

Sally Borgan

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting out to Hanauma Bay State Park

You can drive out on your own it's $1.00 to park, there are only 300 parking stalls - arrive EARLY
The parking lot fills up early, around 7:30 or 8:00 am, and guarded by security for your protection.
If you drive out on your own you can rent snorkel gear at the bottom, beach level, for $20
A taxi will run about $50 to $60 one way • The #22 Bus cost $2.50 one way and takes about 45-50 minutes.

Do I need to make a reservations??

Yes - reservations are required for us to pick you up at your Waikiki hotel for our shuttle service,
but If you plan to drive to the bay on your own No reservations are needed - arrive early.

We have 2 round-trip Waikiki shuttle services that run daily:

Our Standard Shuttle picks up at 7:30am - 9:00am - 10:20am - 11:50am (3 ½ hrs total - $22)
Our Extended Shuttle picks up at 7:15am - 8:45am - 10:15am (4 ¾ hrs total - $25)
Shuttle service includes round trip transportation and equipment (Fins, mask & snorkel)

When is Hanauma Bay Closed and what time does it open?

Hanauma Bay is closed every TUESDAY so that the fish and bay have 1 day of undisturbed rest
Hanauma Bay entrance opens at 6am and Closes at 7pm daily during the summer months
The park is also closed on Christmas Day (25th) and New Years Day (1st)
Hanauma Bay is NOT open for any night snorkeling - this was discontinued years ago

What are the fees and cost at Hanauma Bay?

Everyone pays $7.50 per person to enter the Hanauma Bay. (Kids 12 & under are FREE) • Active Oahu military and local residents with proper state ID are also FREE • Lockers are available on the beach level to secure your valuables - $8.00 small / $10 large • Life jackets, Vests or Floaties are NOT available due to liability reasons, please bring you own • Prescription mask/snorkel set, for nearsighted, available for $15 at the bay
(-200 to -800) • There is a snack bar located at the upper level area of the park, right across from cashiers window • Tram service between the upper level and the lower level ($1.00 down / $1.25 up) • Beach wheel chairs are available for free, see the volunteers at Hanauma Bay.

What do I need to bring with me?

Each person should bring a towel, swimsuit, sunscreen, and the park entrance fee of $7.50 • You may bring a small personal cooler with snacks or non alcoholic beverages - NO large coolers • A little extra cash for the snack bar or the gift shop on the upper level for souvenirs • A small gratuity for the drivers would be appreciated but not mandatory.

Hanauma Bay State Park
7455 Kalanianaole Hwy
Honolulu, Hawaii

When driving out from Waikiki take H1 Freeway until it becomes Kalanianaole Highway then continue for approximately 10 miles. The entrance to Hanauma Bay State Park is located on the right at the top of the hill just past the city of Hawaii Kai.

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