Edged by a 2,000-foot beach, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is a natural draw for first-time visitors to Oahu, as well as seasoned travelers. It’s the state’s first designated Marine Life Conservation District, and as such, aims to educate all who pass through its gates via a short walk-through exhibit and informational video that encourages all to become stewards for the fragile beauty that is the living reef.
The scenic bay is a remnant of the island’s volcanism and is home to abundant marine life painted in all the colors of the rainbow. See schools of vibrant butterfly fish; black-striped manini, or convict tang; the aptly named trumpetfish; pastel-colored surgeonfish; humuhumunukunukuapuaa, Hawaii’s state fish; multi-colored parrotfish; and so much more. Restrooms, showers are available bayside.
Park opens at 6:45 am and Closes at 4 pm. Hanauma Bay closed on Monday and Tuesdays.
Park is also closed Christmas Day, December 25th and New Years Day, January 1st.
Beginning April 2021, all tickets must be Reserved and Paid in Advance. Reservations can be made for up to 10 people (5 adults and/or 5 kids). Local residents with valid Hawaii identification can enter without reservation from 6:45am till 9 am.
• Online reservations can be made 2 days in advance starting at 7:00am Hawai‘i Standard Time (HST) Get your tickets here: https://pros6.hnl.info/hanauma-bay
• If you are not able to make an online reservation, you may purchase a walk-in ticket at the park when it opens at 6:45 a.m. Walk-in tickets must be used on the day of purchase. Plan on arriving early as the daily walk-in tickets are limited and sell out very quickly.
• All visitors are required to watch a 9 minute orientation video
• only 1400 guests are allowed each day / 40 guest every 10 minutes
Fee: $25 per person Cash, Mastercard or Visa accepted.
Kids 12 and below, active military and local residents with proper ID are FREE
Acceptable ID: Current Hawaii Driver’s License, Current State ID w/Hawaii Address on ID (must be valid 1 yr or more) Current Hawaii School Student ID w/current year or semester validation. Current U.S. Active Duty Military Members (CAC Card), Military Dependents (Identification and Privilege Card). No work ID’s accepted.
$3 per vehicle (1 entry/Cash Only), Parking fee is refundable if vehicle exits parking lot within 15 minutes. Parking spaces in the nature preserve are limited and are available on a first come first serve basis. A parking fee is charged per entry, with NO In and Out privileges. Cash payments only. Parking refund provided if you exit within 15 minutes with a receipt. 808-768-6861. Tip: Go early to avoid long lines and a full lot.
Snorkel Equipment is available to rent for $20 (opens at 7am) Rental booth at park have snorkel rental and life vests. Lockers are also available to rent. Snack Bar is located at the upper level of park. You may bring your own cooler with food and drinks to the beach. Please take trash with you out of the park.
If snorkeling you should bring: Beach Towel, Swimsuit, Umbrella for Shade, Beach Chairs, Cell Phone/Camera, Reef-safe Sunscreen and lots of water!