Jul 25

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – Oahu

The Hanauma BayHanauma Bay Nature Preserve on Hawaiian Island of Oahu was the first place that Karen and I had ever snorkeled at, and ever since then we have been hooked.  Hanauma Bay is a wonderful easy place to snorkel, however with over use it is not as lush as it used to be.  Hanauma Bay averages about 3,000 people a day and the coral good not with stand that sort of punishment.  Fortunately though the fish are still there even if the coral is not as good as once was.
Kenny Snorkeling

The bay is beautiful with a fine sand beach, life guard stations, lockers, and other amenities.  There is a small admission fee and if it is your first time at Hanauma Bay you will have to watch a short video on the delicate nature of a coral ecosystem.  Remember to never stand on or touch the coral if you have to adjust your flippers or mask, try to do it floating or go to the sandy areas.  Despite the warning of the video every time we were there we saw a least a couple people standing on the coral.  There was even a video that would play on the television set at our hotel room that talked about not stepping on the coral.  One day Karen was getting ready and was in the bathroom and I was watching the “things to do in Oahu” channel and it kept saying do not step on the coral.  I would then in turn tell Karen not to step on the coral, but she could not hear me that well and thought I was saying not to step on Karl.  When she was finished she stepped out of the bathroom door and proceeded to ask me who is Karl and why are people steeping on him.  It has been our own private joke ever since.
Moorish Idol

We visited the park every single day we were on Oahu.  Karen and I tried to make sure we were there right when it opened (never made it) but we were there early enough to miss the crowds.  A few times we were the second group there.  A nice older man beat us a few times; I think he was a local because everybody there seems to know who he was.  We would snorkel for a few hours and try to leave before 11:00 when all the crowds were getting there.  I remember one time leaving and the waiting crowd to get in seemed hundreds of yards long.
Karen Snorkeling

The fish at Hanauma Bay were just amazing probably some of the biggest that we have ever seen.  One of the reasons for this is because it is a nature preserve.  The parrotfish were some of the biggest we have ever seen unfortunately we did not see any of the honu or green sea turtles that are there, but we did see many different types of fish and other creatures of the sea.

We were there in March and the water in front of the breakers was perfectly fine, we only ventured pass the breakers once, but the water was to rough to stay there for very long.  We have heard good things about snorkeling past the breakers or going scuba diving there maybe we will some day.

Karen and I highly recommend Hanauma Bay go early so you can get a parking spot and miss some of the crowds, but I am sure it is worth it if you decide to sleep in and get there the same time as everybody else.
The Bay

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
Located 10 miles east of Waikiki off Highway 72 just look for the signs on the right
Costs as of 2011- $7.50 per person and $1.00 to park your car
Hours of Operation- 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the summer and 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. during the winter closed every Tuesday throughout the year
For more information check out their website at http://www1.honolulu.gov/parks/facility/hanaumabay/information.htm

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  1. freda phillips

    I like that sea creature with the thumbs up.

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