Hanauma Bay
People relaxing and bathing at Hanauma Bay beach, Oahu
People relaxing and bathing at Hanauma Bay beach, Oahu

Hanauma Bay Tours and Tickets

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Hanauma Bay State Park is a protected marine-life-preservation area with clear water ideal for snorkeling and a vast array of tropical fish and coral reefs surrounded by volcanic rock. Once used by the Hawaiian royal family for fishing, it is now one of Oahu’s top tourist destinations with about 1 million visitors each year.

  • 7455 Kalanianaole Highway, Hanauma, 96801

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Victoria_O, Nov 2023
Fantastic Hanauma Bay Snorkel tour
The Hanauma Bay Tour was really great! We started by seeing a sunrise which was priceless! Deogo was amazingly funny and informative as well. We had a wonderful time checking out the bay and snorkeling. There were so many fish and turtles near the reef. It was an amazing experience! Would recommend it and already have!
Mary_M, Oct 2023
Best snorkeling experience
Wonderful cove and excellent amenities. The food was excellent and the beach was clean. Thank you for the shuttle and advice, Josh!
Teresa_B, Sep 2023
Incredible Experience
From beginning to end—this experience was incredible. The company is extremely communicative about additional rentals, pickup/drop off and easily reachable by phone or text. Our van was spacious and clean, and our drivers were so professional but laid back at the same time. The bay was an incredible experience—if you’re in Oahu, this is a must try experience.
Rachel_S, Oct 2023
Good snorkeling
Richard was a great driver and host and we felt like we had a real advantage getting to the front of the line getting in and down to the beach. Unfortunately the snorkel we rented for my son was broken so he didn’t have a good time in the water. Even with reduced access these days, Hanauma Bay felt really crowded. I was glad we did the 6 am so we were getting done when the biggest crowds were getting down there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What are Hanauma Bay hours of operation?
Hanauma Bay hours of operation: Open 6:00am-7:00pm in the Summer, Open 6:00am-6:00pm in the Winter, Always Closed Tuesdays. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
People Also Ask
Q:What is the best time to go to Hanauma Bay?
A:Hanauma Bay State Park is open from early morning to mid-afternoon from Wednesday through Sunday year-round—last entry is at 1:30pm and the beach closes an hour before the park does. The best times to visit are either early, before peak crowds arrive, or after lunch, when the sun illuminates the reefs, ideal for snorkeling.
Q:Is Hanauma Bay worth it?
A:Yes, Hanauma Bay is worth visiting, especially if you like snorkeling and wildlife. The protected reserve boasts a pristine bay with white sands and crystal shallows famous for coral reefs, Hawaiian green sea turtles, parrotfish, and other marine life. There’s also a Marine Education Center, which spotlights the bay and its ecosystems.
Q:Do you need reservations for snorkeling Hanauma Bay?
A:Yes, you need a reservation for snorkeling—unless you’re a Hawaiian resident and arrive before 9am. You can prebook timed entry up to two days in advance on the Honolulu Parks and Recreation website, but you need to be super-quick. Limited walk-ins are available on-site from opening time, but they also go fast.
Q:Is parking difficult at Hanauma Bay?
A:Yes, because the parking lot fills up quickly. If you’ve reserved early bay entry, you’ll likely bag a space—but otherwise, be ready to park far away. Skip the hassle of parking by booking Hanauma Bay tours that include transport, taking the trolley or buses from Waikiki, or using cabs or rideshare apps.
Q:How long does it take to snorkel at Hanauma Bay?
A:Most people find that two hours is enough time to snorkel the reefs of Hanauma Bay. However, aim for around four hours at the bay itself—most tours stay for this long—so you’ve got time to watch the 10-minute marine preservation video on entry and make the round-trip tram ride or walk to the beach.
Q:Can I bring my own snorkel gear to Hanauma Bay?
A:Yes, you can bring your own snorkeling gear to Hanauma Bay. You can hire equipment on the beach, but it’s quite pricey at around US$20 for a standard set—taking your own snorkel gear will save you money and time. Plus, it’s likely to fit you better.