Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

Explore undersea at Honolulu's most popular snorkeling beach, Hanauma Bay State Park. You might see a humuhumunukunukuapuaa, Hawaii's state fish. Watch green sea turtles glide in shallow waters. Spot spiny sea urchins among the living coral reefs. This protected marine sanctuary is a wonderful natural attraction to experience with kids. Snorkeling does not require special training and much of the bay's colorful sea life can be observed close to shore.

For more information, please contact the activities desk.


  • Sweeping views from Ridgeline hiking trails along the crater rim
  • Great place to view green sea turtles swimming in the wild
  • More than 450 varieties of tropical fish and marine life

Hanauma Bay State Park

Opening Hours

Wednesday - Monday
6:00am - 7:00pm

Closed Tuesdays, Christmas Day, New Years Day. Closes at 6pm daily during the winter months



How far is Hanauma Bay from Ala Moana Hotel?

Hanauma Bay is about 10.5 miles southeast from Ala Moana Hotel, about a 25-minute drive.

What’s the best way to get there?

Shuttle tours are available with roundtrip service from Ala Moana Hotel for a fee. The #22 city bus takes about an hour from Waikiki and is 2.50 USD each way. You may also drive; there is limited parking with all-day security.

Is there an entry fee?

There are several fees to be aware of at the park including 7.50 USD entry fee and 1 USD parking for private vehicles. Optional fees for tram service, lockers, snack bar, gift shop, and renting snorkel gear. Please refer the website for details.

Where can I learn more about snorkeling at Hanauma Bay?

Please visit the official website,