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Hanauma Bay, crater, and reef

Hanauma Bay - the aquarium you get to swim in

Hanuama Bay Reef and Crater view

Although Hanauma Bay is technically not free in that only children get in for free, its close enough that we're going to list it as a free thing to do on Oahu.    Hanauma Bay on the Island of Oahu is one of the most fantastic snorkeling spots on the island, if not the world.

Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

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Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

This is absolutely a don’t-miss free attraction on Oahu. The combination of relatively safe conditions, clear water, tame fish, and beautiful reefs make snorkeling at Hanauma Bay one of the best water experiences you’ll ever have. Here’s a collection of tips to make the most out of your visit.

 


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Swimming at Hanauma Bay

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Center beach of Hanauma Bay

While Hanauma Bay might be known for it’s outstanding snorkeling, it’s also the best swimming beach on this side of the island. Besides its outstanding facilities including food, lifeguards, snorkel rentals, and a shuttle service, this beach is a great place for swimmming.

 


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Picnic at Hanauma Bay

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Picnic area at Hanauma

Of course nearly everyone goes to Hanauma for the fantastic snorkeling, but did you know the place features an awesome, free picnic area? All you have to pay is $1 for parking, but you get a big, rarely used, shady picnic area.


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Hanauma Bay Wallpaper

Oahu Beaches - Hanauma Bay - the aquarium you get to swim in

Nothing beats having Hanauma Bay as your computer desktop wallpaper. Enjoy Hawaii all day long!


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  • Current Beach Information for Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, South Shore (Oahu) 8/3/2011
    Beach Condition: Moderate — Normal caution advised. Be vigilant of changing conditions especially at beaches known for strong shore breaks and on exposed rocks or cliffs near the ocean. Avoid exposed rocks that are wet from surf. Watch for holes and channels in shallow water.

    Offshore Condition: Moderate — Normal caution advised. Approach the ocean with caution. Be alert for choppy seas, currents, and breaking waves. Weak swimmers should not venture offshore as the seafloor drops off quickly and tidal currents and winds are strong on many island shores. Users of kayaks and other unpowered craft must be aware of strong wind and current conditions that can carry you offshore, and are capable of changing unexpectedly.

    Surf Report: SURF ALONG SOUTH FACING SHORES WILL BE 3 TO 5 FEET
    Surf Report Timestamp: 8/2/2011 7:00:00 PM HST
    Current Wind: from the East at 13.8 gusting to 20.7 MPH (12 gusting to 18 KT)
    Current Weather: Partly Cloudy

Beach Gear Guide

Here’s what we tend to bring when planning a full day at the beach:

• Collapsable beach chairs

• Collapsable tent

• Large mat to place on sand, enough for 4-6 people to sit and eat.

• Water, food, and coolers. We love tuna sandwiches so we’ll typically mix up a bunch of tuna and mayo, store it in a container, and bring along a loaf of bread.

• Juice drinks (try Hawaiian Sun brand).

• Chips, nuts, trail mixes.

• Candy bars/nut bars.

• Big hats to shade the sun.

• UV rash guard shirts

• Sunglasses

• Waterproof sunscreen

• Snorkel gear

• Swimming goggles

• Bodyboards

• Fins

• Two beach towels per person

• Change of dry clothes

• Plastic grocery bags (to store wet clothes)