Head to Hanauma Bay

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

If you want to see this long-named creature, which turns out to be Hawai‘i’s brightly striped state fi sh, 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 fi sh 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.

importance of this marine preserve and how to best experience it while being mindful as its role as a precious resource for the island.

Hanauma Bay is open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (entry to the gates are 6:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Wednesdays through Sundays, (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day) and is located a short 20-minute drive east of Waikiki on Kalaniana‘ole Highway. An online reservation system (pros8.hnl.info/hanauma-bay) allows visitors to secure a time to view the intro video and may be made two days ahead of their visit to the preserve. Reservations are non-transferable and can be made for groups of up to 10 people. There are a limited number of walk- /drive-in tickets available for those without online access. Admission is $25 per person. Children under 12 years of age, active-duty military members and Hawai‘i residents (both with valid IDs) get in free. There is a $3.00 parking fee and $1.00 fee for Hawai‘i residents (parking fees are refunded if vehicle leaves within 15 minutes of entry). Call (808) 768-6961 or visit honolulu.gov/parks-hbay for updates.

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