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Amazing Hanauma Bay

Fish and Marine life

In addition to the turtles, Hanauma Bay snorkelers can take a peek at the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa (the Hawaiian state fish), trumpet fish, angel fish, and many more.

Fish and Marine Life

Living Coral

Many people mistake coral for rocks or other underwater objects. Actually corals are collections of living entities that reside under the seawater.

Living Coral

Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay snorkeling is perfect for most ages and fitness levels. They bay is a great starter area, but is challenging enough for experienced snorkelers as well.

Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay

Visiting Hanauma Bay

You can drive to the bay in your car, or take one of many guided tours. Instead of dealing with the parking, you can also opt to take a bus to the crater and walk in.

Visiting Hanauma Bay

Snorkeling is the most popular activity on Hanauma Bay. Swimming just above the coral rocks and spotting amazing sea creatures is a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend the day on the island of Oahu. There is at least one company on the beach that rents snorkeling equipment and provides lessons for beginners. Even the most inexperienced snorkeler can have a great time swimming with the Hawaiian wildlife in Hanauma Bay.

Hanauma Bay Wildlife

Hanauma Bay snorkeling is so popular because of the wide variety of species in the bay. In addition to the turtles, snorkelers can take a peek at the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa (the state fish of Hawaii) milletseed butterfly fish, yellow tangs, trumpet fish, angel fish, and many more.

By purchasing an underwater camera, you can take great pictures of the colorful fish and other sea creatures. It will make your trip to Hanauma Bay all the more memorable.

Preservation Efforts

Hawaii is a state very committed to protecting its natural wildlife. Since the early 1990s, visits to the Hanauma Bay area have been limited to tourists. The resident Hawaiians are attempting to preserve the area for future generations. As a visitor, you can help with these efforts by obeying all rules for visiting the park. You need to respect the wildlife there and visit without leaving a large impact on the area.

Playing with reef fish.

Tropical fish

 

Other resources

Other resources:
More information about the bay  |  Instructions for bay visitors  |  Department of parks and Recreation  |  Education Program about Hanauma Bay's natural state  |  Common Hazardous Beach, Surf, & Ocean Conditions