Hanauma Bay, located on the southeastern corner of O‘ahu, is a beautiful nature preserve. Surrounded by high ridges on three sides, the Bay feels sheltered from the outside world. The translucent blue water is heavenly. Bring your snorkel gear (or rent it there) and check out some of Central Pacific’s colorful fish. Keep your eyes peeled for Hawai‘i’s state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua‘a. (Now, try saying that tens times fast! Pronunciation key below.)
Should you wish to order a copy of the Hanauma Bay’s 65-page, waterproof snorkeler’s guide, click here to find out how to place an order. If you’re interested in learning more about Hanauma Bay and marine conservation, click here to see the Bay’s events calendar. Whatever you do, be sure to get there early as the parking lot is almost always quick to fill.
And for those of you who are hungry after roasting in the sun all day, here are some recommended eateries nearby: Kona Brewing Company, or Teddy’s Burgers Hawai‘i Kai.
Please keep in mind that O‘ahu is not the snorkeling paradise it used to be 15 or 20 years ago. Hanauma Bay is probably the best snorkeling site accessible from land as others tend to require boats or very long swims. To snorkel at some of the popular south shore dive sites, you might consider booking the MaiTa‘i Underwater Adventure Sail.
(Pronunciation key for state fish: hoo-moo-hoo-moo-noo-koo-noo-koo-ah-poo-ah-ah.)