Simply put, Hanauma Bay is awesome. The snorkeling here is amazing, and even just the location itself is exotic. It is composed of a crescent shaped white sand beach the is deep inside and old crater, and the bay is partially protected from the ocean, which makes is usually quite calm and serene. Officially, it’s called the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, which can be contacted at 396-4229. What looks like coral underwater is actually coralline algae which has hardened to a stony type of material that looks like coral. Interesting, isn’t it?
Aerial shot of Hanauma in June — Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt
One thing you can expect here is tons and tons of beautiful, colorful, tropical fish. Many of them are used to visitors, so they will linger quite close to you allowing you to get a good look at their beauty. It’s quite calm and there are lifeguards on duty, but somehow more people drown here than any other spot on Oahu.
Any day at Hanauma will be enjoyed with a lot of other visitors, but the bay has limited days open. Hanauma is closed every Tuesday and is open from six in the morning to six at night every other day. The real exciting thing to do is to snorkel the bay at night the second Saturday of each month. An underwater camera for this one is an absolute must.