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Hanauma Bay is both a Nature Preserve and a Marine Life Conservation District, just east of Honolulu. If you have a rental car, it is just 30 minutes drive from Waikiki or you can use the public buses for just $2.50 (bus number 22) to get there within an hour.
The bay is located at the southeast tip of Oahu and it’s usually sunny there (even when it rains on the North Shore).
Hanauma Bay, Hawaii is reeling from one million visitors a year, but it is still a wonderful bay with clear waters and bright yellow sand.
The park entrance is now $7.50 for non-Hawaii residents (free of charge for children under 12).
The view from up top is stunning and it’s hard to resist running down into the waters to look at some animals.
However, on the day I visited, the choppy waters and strong winds made it almost impossible to see any marine life from down below. This is really surprising if you see the people snorkeling from up top.
The coral I saw was dead, but you can still see a lot of fish and turtles on a clear day.
The beach is long and it wasn’t as crowded as expected. Keep in mind that the park is closed on Tuesdays.
All in all, this was a great excursion from busy Waikiki to Hanauma Bay, Hawaii.