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Hanauma Bay Snorkel Tours and Hawaii Scuba Diving

 

Hanauma Bay is currently unavailable for commercial activities due to government COVID closures. Please check out our boat snorkel tours and scuba dives that are departing daily.

 

The city has reopened the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve after a nine-month shutdown because of the pandemic, but with a limit of 720 people a day under a new program. Prior to the pandemic, as many as 3,000 residents and tourists entered the marine sanctuary daily. Commercial taxis, sightseeing tours, and snorkel groups and the city bus won't have access to the bay. Visitors will need to drive their own cars. You will not be able to walk into the park. 

 

Hanauma will be closed to visitors two days a week -- Monday and Tuesday -- and entry will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with visitors required to leave by 4 p.m. No commercial activities will be allowed. The gift shop, snorkel equipment rental and food concession will be closed. Those who plan to snorkel will need to bring their own equipment.

 

Visitors must abide by safety measures: face coverings are mandated at all times except when swimming, and social distancing must be observed. As previously required, all visitors will need to watch an educational video before using the bay, but the theater's capacity will be limited to 30 people at a time for social distancing.

Entry fees were recently increased for nonresidents. Hanauma Bay parking is $3 and the entry fee is $12.

 

Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion
 
Enjoy a trip along the Waikiki Coast to Turtle Canyons snorkeling site. This spot is known for the large numbers of sea turtles that float above the reef while the reef fish swim around them and clean their shells. When the turtles come up to breath they can even be seen by spectators relaxing on the boat! After you have gotten your fill of snorkeling climb back onboard and relax in the sun with complimentary snack and beverages. Kick back and watch out for spinner dolphins and humpback whales (whales sighted in winter months December to April) while you cruise back to the harbor. Driving Directions will be included in your confirmation email to the boat at Kewalo Basin, 1125 Ala Moana Blvd, Slip B1, Honolulu, HI 96814.

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Hanauma Bay Dive Tours has been taking people snorkeling and scuba diving at

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve since 2003.

 

Hanauma Bay Dive Tours experienced instructors are experts in snorkel and scuba diving instuction. Hanauma Bay Dive Tours instructors know the best areas in the bay to see the most Hawaii green sea turtles and schools of colorful tropical fish. Every day the ocean conditions are different. Some days the right side of the bay are better and some days the left side is better. Some days Hanauma Bay's outer reef is better and some days the inner reef is better. Hanauma Bay Dive Tours snorkel and scuba instructors will take you to the safest and most beautful interesting areas in Hanauma Bay. No experience is required.

 Snorkel vests are used on the snorkel tours and you are always with an instructor in the water in a small group of no more than five people. Hanauma Bay Dive Tours will take up to ten people with two instructors. Turtles are found on most of the tours and photos are taken for our Hanauma Bay Dive Tours Face Book page. These Hanauma Bay photos can be emailed to you if you prefer not to be on our Face Book page. Many people bring there own underwater cameras. There are over 350 species of interesting marine life in Hanauma Bay. There has been Manta Rays, Spotted Eagle Rays, Monk Seals, small white tip sharks on our tour, but they are rare. There are 53 turtles living in Hanauma Bay the last time that they counted them. On Tuesdays when the park is closed, turtles are tagged, measured, weighed and their health and growth are monitored. Turtles are Federally protected in Hawaii. It is illegal to touch or harass turtles in Hawaii. Maintence in the park is also done on Tuesdays. Hanauma Bay Dive Tours beginner scuba dive groups are very small and a lot of fun. Four people are the most that Hanauma Bay Dive Tours will take at one time on our scuba dives. We hope you can join us on one of our Hanauma Bay Snorkel Tours or Hanauma Bay Scuba Tours

 

 

 
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Scuba diving in Hanauma Bay is a great experience, for anyone ages 12 and up to enjoy the safe and exciting feeling of scuba diving for the first time in Hawaii.  The clean and protected waters of this beautiful marine preserve offer a fantastic opportunity to interact with hundreds of Hawaii's colorful tropical fish and hawaii green sea turtles.

 

 

Hanauma Bay is about 10 miles east of Waikiki just off the main coastal road (Kalaniana'ole Highway, Route 72). 

The address is 7455 Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii 96825. Recorded information line: 1-(808)-396-4229.  Hanauma Bay parking lot fills up early and you will be turned away if it is full. By getting there early you will avoid long lines at the ticket booth and snorkel concession. You can meet us at Hanauma Bay for our snorkel tours or scuba diving tours if you do not want us to pick you up at your Waikiki hotel. We would meet you at Hanauma Bay at 8:15 a.m. for our morning tour and 1:15 p.m. for our afternoon tour. Reservations are required.

 

If you go on one of our tours, you will not have to wait in line. Our instructors have permits issued by the State and we are allowed to go in the bay when the parking lot is full. We are authorized to take small groups snorkeling, and scuba diving on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Tours are not allowed on weekends and 

Hawaii State Holidays. Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesdays for environmental conservation. Our group ratio is no more than 5 people to one instructor. Our snorkel and scuba instructors will take you safely to the best reefs in Hanauma Bay. Our tour is great for those who are new to snorkeling, and for those who simply wish to fully experience all the wonders of Hanauma Bay with an expert guide. Our staff are experts on the history and area as well as the fish and coral you will be encountering. We usually see turtles on our tours.

 

Here what people say about us!

 

Recently National Geographics has teamed up with ABC's Good Morning America television show listing the Top Ten Trips with a Splash. Whitewater rafting in North Carolina was listed as the first choice. Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, the ancient volcanic cinder cone was listed as the second most popular water activitiy. 


Semicircular Hanauma Bay, located on Oahu's windward coast, is a spectacular tropical paradise that sports a half-mile of perfect white-sand beach backed by exotic palm trees. Once a favorite fishing spot for Hawaiian royality, this extinct volcanic crater is frequented by spotted eagle rays, turtles and more than 450 species of tropical fish including the Hawaii state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a and is now a federally-protected wildlife preserve.

Hanauma Bay Dive Tours offers a variety of exciting experiences within this pristine bay, including PADI's Discover Scuba for first time beginner divers age 12 and above and snorkeling tours. Hanauma Bay Dive Tours also offers a swim with dolphins activity and snorkeling at some of the best reefs on the leeward coast of Oahu.


Hanauma named best U.S. beach

Hanauma Bay was named the best beach in the United States in the 14th annual rankings of Americam beaches from Stephen Leatherman, the Florida environmental scientist known as "Dr. Beach".

In addition to the spectacular snorkeling and smooth, white coral sand at the "phenomenal" beach, set in a volcanic cone, Dr. Beach praised Hanauma Bay's environmental management. Smoking is now banned, access is monitored to prevent overcrowding--a problem given its proximity to Waikiki--and visitors have to watch a 9-minute-long educational video at the Hanauma Bay Marine Education Center before entering the beach.

Approximately 650 U.S. beaches and shore areas are ranked each year, with previous winners excluded from the survey. Beaches are rated on 50 criteria that includes water temperature, water and sand quality, beach management, litter control and available facilities.


Best American Beaches - 2004 rankings

1. Hanauma Bay, Oahu

2. Fort De Soto Park, Fla.

3. Ocracoke Island, N.C.

4. Caladesi Island State Park, Fla.

5. Main Beach, East Hampton, N.Y.

6. Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i

7. Crescent Beach, Siesta Key, Fla.

8. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Mass.

9. Cape Florida State Park, Fla.

10. Coronado Beach, Calif.


Hanauma Bay was designated by a Marine Life Conservation District in 1967 and a City and County Park in 1978.  Hanauma Bay is also the romantic location of  Elvis Presley's beach boy days in the film Blue Hawaii. John Wayne and Lee Marvin's film Donovan's Reef was also filmed at Hanauma Bay. Hanauma Bay is a great place to snorkel or scuba dive in Hawaii. 

 


 

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Snorkeling is one of the favorite activities visitors do while in Hawaii and Hanauma Bay is a destination everyone wants to go to. Our guided snorkel tour includes high quality sanitized dry snorkel equipment, safety snorkeling vests, beach mats, bottled water, snacks, lock box and roundtrip transportation from all Waikiki hotels in our new air conditioned vans. Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay is safe and appropriate for all ages and experience levels.
Hanauma Bay Snorkel Tour: Adults and Children: $59.00. Hotel pick up times: 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Return time 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. This tour consists of small groups. One instructor for five students maximum.


Hawaii Snorkel Tour at Hanauma Bay on Oahu

 *No need to wait in line on our guided Snorkel Tour. All snorkel equipment and Waikiki transportationis included. This tour includes instruction in the water by a scuba instructor and a tour to the best snorkeling spots in Hanauma Bay. Hawaii State tax of 4.72% and $25.00 entrance fee is not included. Snorkel Tours are not offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, weekends and Hawaii State HolidaysHanauma Bay Guided Snorkel Tour


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Oahu Hawaii Dolphin Snorkel Tour Adventure

Hanauma Bay Dive Tours also offers a swim with dolphins activity and snorkeling activity at some of the best reefs on the leeward coast of Oahu. This tour is not at Hanauma Bay. This tour is on the opposite side of the island and is done off a boat. This tour is offered seven days a week. Roundtrip transportaion is included from all Waikiki hotels or you can drive your self and meet us at the Waianae Boat harbor. We take small groups on our tours, so it is best to make a reservation as soon as you know your schedule.

Imagine this: You're in the water, with a mask and snorkel, surrounded by Spinner Dolphins as they go about their everyday activities. Watch them swimming or playing and if your lucky, maybe they'll do a spin for you!

It is our hope that these suggestions will help to protect Hawaii's dolphins from unintentional harm.

1) Let the dolphins approach you. Maintain a quiet, relaxed manner when swimming among or near them. Avoid separating dolphins from the pod at large.

2) Swim with your hands by your sides. Chasing after, reaching for, or touching the dolphins will frighten or startle them, and they will move away. Be as quiet as possible when moving through the water.

3) Leave foreign objects aboard, such as rope, plastics, or playtoys. Dolphins prefer to find and play with leaves and other organic debris. Follow their lead.

4) Trust in nature's food supply. To attempt to feed wild dolphins would be harmful to their health needs as well as their social behaviors and it is illegal.

5) Be sensitive to dolphin behaviors. If they are in a state of rest or traveling, please respect that they may choose not to interact with you. Honor their habitat.

6.) Be considerate. Watch out for other swimmers, allowing them adequate space for an intimate encounter.

7) Be cautious approaching the dolphins. Watch for swimmers. When near the dolphins, go slowly, quietly and with focused attention so as not to disturb or change their course or behaviors.

8.) Avoid sudden actions or noise. Erratic changes in speed, direction, or sound can confuse or startle dolphins.

9.) Avoid diving down with dolphins. Dolphins play out a cat-and-mouse game with their predators everyday of their life. In the unlikely event that a predator does charge a dolphin you do not want to be close to them underwater. Your guides on the boat will explain.


Health & Safety

Everyone is required to wear a mask at check in, including our staff. They are optional once on the vessel and underway. Our boat is exposed to the sunlight's UV rays, so make sure to apply at least 30 spf reef safe sunscreen before boarding and through out the tour.

Temperature is taken and recorded, including all staff and boat crew.

If any guest feels sick 24 hours with in their departure time and day, they may cancel with out penalty. Our 24 hour cancellation policy will be waived under this circumstance to ensure there is no pressure to attend to avoid cost.

We only allow one booking group at a time inside our check in area. Once they receive their gear, they will exit through a different door to minimize contact with other booking couples or groups. The waiting area before and after check in is an outside spacious and shaded area with a bench for seating.

Crew will board groups separately to arrange seating to maintain social distancing.

Gear maintenance:
* Life Vests: Soaked and continuously dunked in a special shampoo specifically branded for cleaning wet suits, which have similar textile properties as life vests. Life Vests are left to dry naturally in the UV warmth of the sun.
* Fins: Soaked and scrubbed in a solution of bleach and liquid detergent, then rinsed in water and laid out in the UV warmth of the sun to dry.
* Masks and Snorkels: Soaked and scrubbed in a solution of bleach and liquid detergent, then rinsed in water. Both are then soaked for at least one minute in our Steramine sterilizing solution and kept inside to dry naturally. Once dry, each set is placed in a biodegradable plastic bag and sealed with heat. This ensures that the masks and snorkel sets are not touched again after the sterilizing process until the next guest tears open the bag for their own use.

Before or after the tour, guests are welcome to order food and beverages from Spinners Cafe with a 10% discount. The cafe has a take out window to go or enjoy there with outside seating properly distanced. Guests may also bring their own food and beverages onto the vessel that will be kept in their own coolers, back packs or beach bags.


Hanauma Bay Dive Tours has discontinued their SNUBA diving program.
Beginner Scuba Diving is available for children 12 years old and above.

 


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CANCELLATION POLICY: A minimum of 48 hours notice is required to cancel any reservation. A full refund will be paid on any reservation canceled prior to this minimum notice. In the event of dangerous weather or ocean conditions, we may cancel your tour, you may choose to transfer your activity to a later date or receive a full refund.


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