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Hanauma Bay Reopened | Facts, Prices & more things to do on Oahu

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Hanauma Bay Reopened! After almost 9 months famous and beautiful Hanauma Bay finally reopened. The nature preserve was closed due to Covid-19. Time for the reef to recover from the millions of tourist visitors of the past.

Hanauma Bay Facts

Hanauma Bay Reopened more beautiful than ever

The pause of tourism was needed. Before Covid-19 in Hawaii, more than 10,000 tourists per day visited the bay. As of right now (December 2020), no commercial vehicles are allowed at Hanauma Bay. This means, that the bay will not be as crowded as it used to be.

“We have never seen Hanauma Bay more beautiful. The reef really needed a break.”

Divers about Hanauma Bay
Divers about Hanauma Bay Reopening
Divers about Hanauma Bay Reopening

How do I get to Hanauma Bay?

Hanauma Bay is about 25 minutes drive from Waikiki by car. The bus ride from Waikiki to Hanauma Bay takes more than twice as long. Taking the bus from Waikiki to Hanauma Bay takes more than an hour.

When is Hanauma Bay open?

Hanauma Bay opens at 8am and closes at 4pm. IMPORTANT: As of now, Hanauma Bay is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Before you enter the beach, you have to watch an educational video about the bay and how you can protect its beauty.

Hanauma Bay Reopening - Things to do on Oahu
Hanauma Bay Reopening – Things to do on Oahu

Do you have to pay to go to Hanauma Bay?

The simple answer is: Yes, you have to pay to visit Hanauma Bay. However, if you have a local hawaiian ID, entrance is FREE. Visitors to the island have to pay. The entrance fee to Hanauma Bay:

Park Entry Fee – $12.00

Locals with State ID – FREE
Active Local Military – FREE
12 yrs and under – FREE
Parking lot Fee – $3.00
Tram Ride (down) – $1.00
Tram Ride (up) – $1.25

Where can I snorkel on Oahu?

Hanauma Bay is definitely one of the highlights for snorkelers on Oahu. If you like to check out other spots to snorkel on Oahu, make sure to hop in the water at the following places:

  • Pua’ena (North Shore)
  • Laniakea (North Shore)
  • Sharks Cove (North Shore)

Not on Oahu? We got you covered! Here are some of the best places to snorkel in Hawaii.

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