Hanauma Bay Snorkel Tours and Beginner Scuba Diving
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 Hanauma Bay Dive Tours Face Book page. These Hanauma Bay photos can be emailed to you. 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, some days they gather the turtles and make sure that they are healthy. Some of the turtles are tagged and they measure and weigh them and monitor their growth. 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. We hope you can join us for one of our Hanauma Bay Snorkel Tours or Hanauma Bay Scuba Tours.
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.
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 Mondays, 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.
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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 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.
Hawaii Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Viewing Guidelines (pdf )
Snorkel Tour Package
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.
*No need to wait in line on our guided Snorkel Tour. All snorkel equipment, Waikiki transportation, Hanauma Bay tram fare and drinks and snacks are 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 $7.50 entrance fee is not included. Snorkel Tours are not offered on Tuesdays, weekends and Hawaii State Holidays. Guided Snorkel Tour
Kimberley Bell - Thanks so much for a great tour. Loved the sea turtles and fish!! Jan 4, 2013
Jake Stone - Amazing tour and great guide! December 4, 2012
Glen Wignall - Thanks for the awesome tour today - cheers Glen & Sara November 14, 2012
Jeremy Bueno - Thank you for the great tour!! November 9, 2012
Tarah Anson - Thanks for the great tour today! We really enjoyed snorkeling. October 29, 2012
Tait Martin - Thanks so much for an incredible tour! The experience was top notch. See you again next time we're in Hawaii! September 28, 2012
Meagan Youngquist - Great pics, great tour! Thanks for the awesome experience today!! September 24, 2012
Sharon Teague - Had the best time snorkeling today. Saw lots of beautiful fish and even a couple of turtles!! September 24, 2012
Erinn Riley Williams - So much fun! And great pics! September 6, 2012
Alfred Kroell - Thank you or the great Day. July 26, 2012
Camille Yannantuono - The best tour ever!!!!! Beautiful reef & an excellent tour guide!!! Never thought I would see anything so amazing and a great array of nature we were able to share. Can't wait to go back to Hawaii for a 2nd tour!!! May 13, 2012
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.
Hanauma Bay Dive Tours is located in Waikiki inside the Green Dolphin Dive Shop at 460 Ena Road (one block away from the Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel). Hanauma Bay Dive Tours is an authorized Cressi Sub snorkel and scuba equipment dealer and uses all Cressi equipment on their snorkel and scuba tours.