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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Hawaiian Islands, located on Oahu it's one of the most spectacular natural resources on the Islands, is reaping the benefits of over a decade of moves to re-establish its pristine marine ecosystem. Recognizing the damage done by years of neglect and abuse by allowing some three million visitors annually, the City and County of Honolulu in 1990 laid out a plan to restore Hanauma Bay to a clean, healthy state by reducing the number of visitors, establishing an education program, and instituting supportive restrictions.  Hanauma Bay is not a "beach park", but a Nature Preserve dedicated to safeguarding the fragile marine life and is the first Marine Life Conservation District in the State, helping to protect and preserve the Bay.  Preservation is emphasized at Hanauma Bay after it went through a major restoration to re-establish its delicate eco-system. Learn about protecting the bay at the recently opened Marine Education Center where you can  watch a short theatre presentation and view exhibits. Then swim out into Hanauma Bay’s clear blue waters and explore the lively reefs full of colorful fish. Rent or bring your own masks, snorkels and fins. And be sure to pack a lunch or stop by the snack bar after a morning of exploration.

Snorkeling is the most popular activity on Hanauma Bay. Swimming just above the coral rocks and spotting amazing sea creatures is a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend the day on the island of Oahu. There is at least one company on the beach that rents snorkeling equipment and provides lessons for beginners. Even the most inexperienced snorkeler can have a great time swimming with the Hawaiian wildlife in Hanauma Bay. 

Location: 100 Hanauma Bay Dr, Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825