Can I bring my own snorkel to Hanauma Bay?

You can bring your own snorkeling gear to Hanauma Bay, or you can rent it for the day from a little hut near the restrooms. I decided to rent the equipment, which cost $12 for everything – mask, snorkel and fins (note: the price in 2017 is now up to $20 to rent all the gear).

Can you snorkel at Hanauma Bay for free?

Admission and Park Hours

There is a $12 per person park entrance fee for non-resident visitors or $7.50 for residents 13 years of age and older. Admission is free for children up to 12 years of age, active military, and Hawaiian residents w/ proper ID.

Should I bring my own snorkel to Hawaii?

We are often asked if it’s a good idea to bring snorkel gear to Hawaii. Unless you already own good quality snorkel gear that you love and have the room to pack it in your luggage, you don’t really need to bring snorkel gear from home.

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How much does it cost to go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay?

Hanauma Bay Prices

Once you arrive at Hanauma Bay there is a standard entry fee of $25.00 for each guest.

Can I go to Hanauma Bay without a reservation?

Hawaiʻi residents can still enter the park without a reservation for the first two hours of operation, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. If you need more information on how to enter Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, call (808) 768-3003 on weekdays from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or email

Is Hanauma Bay worth snorkeling?

Hanauma Bay has long been a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike. Its natural beauty and rich abundance of wildlife make it a marvelous spot to chill on the beach or spend the day snorkeling.

Are there sharks in Hanauma Bay?

There are some sharks in the bay, even though it is a popular tourist attraction. However, the sharks in Hanauma Bay are reef sharks and are only about 4 feet long. They don’t feed on humans and there has never been any shark attack in the bay.

Should I take my own snorkel gear?

My favorite recommendation is to purchase your own mask and snorkel from your local dive shop and rent your fins from a snorkeling rental company once you get to your destination. Why? Owning your mask and snorkel means you’ll be assured your mask fits your face properly and your snorkel is sanitary.

Do I need a wetsuit to snorkel in Hawaii?

If you’re snorkeling in tropical areas such as the Maldives, Hawaii, Bahamas, etc, then you will not usually need a wetsuit.

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Is it worth buying snorkel gear?

Never rent or buy low-quality snorkel gear. A set of highly qualified snorkeling gear is a smart investment in a long term. Soft silicone and flexible fins, meaning comfort and fit, will provide you with a better snorkeling experience.

Do you need reservations to snorkel at Hanauma Bay?

Reservations are required and must be made at least 48 hours in advance. The snorkeling excursion package is sold ONLY with transportation and snorkeling gear is not available as a separate rental – see FAQ #1.

Is Hanauma Bay worth?

Re: Is Hanauma Bay worth it? Absolutely go! We have been to Oahu twice and make it one of our regular stops. Like Dusty said……it is one the best beaches on Oahu and there are plenty of photo opps as well especially at the lookout from the parking lot area.

Why is Hanauma Bay closed?

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is closed each Monday and Tuesday for marine so that the fish and bay have two days of undisturbed rest. Hanauma Bay entrance opens at 6:45am and closes at 4pm Wednesday through Sunday. No entry after 2pm. Reservations are REQUIRED under the new Pilot Program.

Can you bring food to Hanauma Bay?

There isn’t much shade at Hanauma Bay, but if you get there earl you might be able to get a spot under one of the palm trees. You are also allowed to bring a small personal cooler with snacks or non-alcoholic beverages. Large coolers are not allowed.

Can you go in and out of Hanauma Bay?


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9, the city has issued a new entry procedure to address safety concerns: Only vehicular traffic can enter the bay. Walk-ins are not permitted. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve reopened on Dec. 2 after being closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How long do you need at Hanauma Bay?

Usually a couple of hours is sufficient. There is a mandatory 9 minute video you have to watch and then get down to the bay and rent your gear before you even get into the water. Snorkeling can take as little as an hour or longer depending upon how much of the bay you explore.