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Hanauma Bay - Oahu HI

Hanauma Bay is a shore accessible salt water dive site, located in Oahu, HI. This dive site has an average rating of 3.65 out of 5 from 46 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 91-100ft/28-30m. The average visibility is 81-90ft/25-27m.

Divers’ paradise, excellent diving, friendly marine life, etc. Unfortunately, the overcrowding of this popular site has caused major environmental impact and has necessitated the implementation of many conservation measures. As crowded as this place is, it now has only one-third the attendance it used to have before restrictions were passed in 1990. Parking, and access to the beach is controlled, and volunteer docents try to educate the visitors so additional damage is avoided. One of our greatest concerns is the trampling of the reef. Although numerous signs are posted, it still constantly occurs. Although there’s not too much live coral inside of the reef, other living organisms inhabit the zone, and it is basic diver etiquette to avoid touching any reef.

Open 6am to 6pm, Closed on Tuesday

State Park Entry Fee $7.50
Military and Local Residents with ID FREE
Children 12 and under FREE
Premium Snorkel Set $20
Parking lot fee $1.00
Small Locker $8.00
Large Locker $10.00
Tram ride (down) $1.00
Tram ride (up) $1.25

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bennyO - 2/11/2024 1:01 AM
I went scuba diving here on 11/4/2009. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Another dive partner who’s bad w a compass. You get to be compass man from here on.

Good dive overall, will miss Hawai’i

No problems w flight next day, keep last-day-dives to the morning
bsharp117 - 11/10/2017 5:31 PM
Rating Added: 3
only snorkeled here, very crowded
wuzaracer - 9/07/2016 1:03 PM

video of what you can expect at Hanauma Bay
wuzaracer - 9/07/2016 12:58 PM
Rating Added: 3
This is a major tourist attraction. Great for snorkeling. You can free dive if you swim out farther.
trythebeach - 10/24/2015 12:00 AM
I went scuba diving here on 7/19/2015. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
See my Aug 9, 2015 log.
trythebeach - 10/23/2015 11:56 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/9/2015. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
The Moray Eel in my pictures is from this dive. We also saw a Spanish Dancer, large turtle, a large puffer hiding, 6 other eels of 3 different variety, large helmet shell, shrimp and a stonefish.
trythebeach - 10/11/2015 5:27 AM
Rating Added: 3
Plenty of eels and turtles. We saw a Spanish Dancer on our last dive in August 2015.
trythebeach - 10/11/2015 4:51 AM
We went on a couple of boat dives in July and August 2015. We saw plenty of eels, turtles, fish and even a Spanish dancer.
Aquadawnb - 2/20/2014 3:48 PM
Rating Added: 5
Went on a rainy day. Less crowded and lots of marine life.
Brian_V - 8/29/2013 4:08 PM
Rating Added: 2
Crowded! ...but the kids loved the snorkeling here!
jennyh2os - 8/18/2013 12:08 AM
Rating Added: 4
I have been here a few times, the last was in Feb 2010. The water was very clear when we went, and if you swim out toward the mouth of the bay it was great (better visibility than closer to shore). Be cautious of the current, it can be a hard swim when it is time to go back in. We saw tons of convict tang, parrotfish, even a couple of oval squid.
McSushi - 5/12/2013 10:07 PM
Rating Added: 3
Decent amount of fish to see. Lots of tourists. Best seen by boat.
Laura - 11/27/2012 6:15 PM
I went scuba diving here on 11/18/2012. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m.
The water was pretty churned up today...poor visibility until you got way out towards the mouth of the bay. About the time it clears up you’ve used half your air. Still saw a few honu, a couple of puhi (eels), and plenty of fish. I got my annual video viewing completed so ... ready for next time.
jflanagan2 - 7/24/2012 3:27 AM
Rating Added: 5
Snorkeled here many yrs ago. Definitely, the prettiest place I’ve visited so far! Amazing visibilty, corals, and fish = Paradise!
DaKraken - 5/30/2012 10:26 PM
Rating Added: 3
Not too impressed. Much beter sights on the island
GypsyDiver - 6/02/2008 3:20 PM
I love this place!! One heck of a walk down the hill though!!