Head to Hanauma BayO‘ahu

What does a humuhumunukunukuapua‘a have to do with SNORKELING? Hint: One may very well cross your path out among the reef!

If you want to see this long-named creature, which turns out to be Hawai‘i’s brightly striped state fish, visit HANAUMA BAY NATURE PRESERVE, O‘ahu’s most popular snorkeling spot and an underwater park and conservation district.

Protected by the state for its valuable reef ecosystem, Hanauma Bay actually is a sunken volcanic crater ringed with 2,000 feet of golden sand and open to the ocean on one side. A filigree of inner reefs separates the novice snorkeler from the open ocean, and thousands of fish and other sea life from their natural predators. The bay abounds with colorful schools of striped manini, silvery needlefish, buttercup yellow tang, the large and quick palani, stunning Moorish idols, opalescent parrotfish and more.

Hanauma Bay offers

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incredible snorkeling, as well as a place to hit the beach or picnic.

Rent snorkeling equipment on site or stop by SNORKEL BOB’S ahead of time. Several services also offer tours that include gear and transportation.

Hanauma Bay is open daily from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Tuesdays, and is located a short 20-minute drive east of Waikiki on Kalaniana‘ole Highway. Children under 12 years of age, military and Hawai‘i residents get in free. Call (808) 396-4229 for more information.

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