Hanauma Bay Tips | Oahu, Hawaii

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Come explore one of the best places to snorkel on Oahu. We'll show you how to get there, how to find turtles, and answer all your questions along the way.

First things first, Hanauma Bay is CLOSED ON TUESDAYS. Always. No exceptions. Plan accordingly.

Also, make sure your sunscreen is reef safe.

Hanauma Bay is on the far southeast corner of Oahu. It's some of the best snorkeling and one of the best beaches in all of Hawaii, not just on Oahu. It was voted Best Beach in the US in 2016. And we can vouch for the snorkeling - it's incredible! So many fish and such a large area to explore so it doesn't seem overcrowded. There are also plenty of areas that are shallow enough to stand if you're not a strong swimmer (only stand on the sandy areas, never stand on rocks or coral). But there are lots of deeper areas to explore as well. Such a great variety of fish, coral, and depths.

You can book a shuttle straight from Waikiki hotels. Check out their site for that info. https://hanaumabaystatepark.com/

It's like $40-$50 from Waikiki. Hard pass.

Drive yourself:
If you have a rental car, it's $1 to park. There are only 300 spots and it will be full by 8am for sure. If you can't go early, go after lunch when people start to leave.

Take the bus:
Buses are $2.75 per ride or $5.50 for an all-day pass. Tell the bus driver what you want (one way or all day) before you pay.
The only bus that goes to Hanauma Bay is Route 22. We suggest getting on as early in the route as possible. It starts in Waikiki near the intersection of Ala Moana and Kalakaua. The bus was completely full before we got to the zoo and we started skipping bus stops that were full of people wanting to get on. The bus will take about 35-45 minutes from Waikiki. See all the bus details here: http://www.thebus.org/route/Routes.asp#22

If you're not in Waikiki, you can take the Route 2 bus from Honolulu to Waikiki. Get off at Kalakaua and walk over a block to the first bus stop. You should see a few other people who are obviously going to the beach.

Snorkel with turtles:
We showed this in the video, but in case you didn't catch it, if you want to see a turtle while snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, look for groups of people hovering in the same spot. 9 times out of 10, they're all staring at a turtle. Feel free to swim near the turtles, but do not touch them.

If you have any other questions, ask us in the comments below. We respond to everything. :)

Thanks for watching!

-Brian and Isa


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Filmed on August 14, 2017 on a Canon G7X Mark II.


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