Truthfully, to see everything on Oahu, and we mean everything, you’re probably going to need a few months on the island. Not that you won’t be able to see a lot, there is just so much to do and see, and you’re just going to need more time. Or to make a return trip. One of the island’s top attractions is found on the South Shore, a remote destination that is known for amazing snorkeling and indescribable beauty. Of course, this is Hanauma Bay, and aside from your Oahu luau, one of the activities that is considered an absolute must during your trip.
The South Shore is stunning and features more sites than Hanauma Bay for you to check out. As you make your way from Waikiki around the southern tip of the island, you’ll encounter Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach, Makapu’u Lookout, and much more. Sites like Koko Head Crater stand over this part of the island, but Hanauma Bay is the site that most come here for. The bay is so iconic that it is often used to represent Oahu, and there is a very good chance that you will end up here for a day of snorkeling and fun in the sun. A protected cove, Hanauma Bay offers gentle ocean conditions that makes this a great place for all ages. The older kids and those who are strong swimmers can spend their day viewing the colorful marine life, while the younger travelers and those who are not strong swimmers can still enjoy the ocean.
Hanauma Bay is an treasured site on Oahu, and is actually a Nature Preserve and Marine Life Conservation District, serving to protect the inhabitants of its waters. In total, the reefs here are home to more than 400 species of fish and is an area where Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles are found in abundance. The clear, calm waters created by offshore reefs are a reprieve from the ocean, Hanauma Bay’s origins are volcanic, originating over 30,000 years ago after a series of violent eruptions that created the famous attractions and destinations along the South Shore.
Each year, more than 1 millions visitors make their way to Hanauma Bay. Conditions of the bay are closely monitored to ensure the health and safety of its inhabitants, and one of the measures that is taken to protect the bay is to close it entirely on Tuesdays. This helps the bay to cleanse itself and gives the fish and marine life a break from human interaction.
If you are ready for the very best snorkeling that Hawaii has to offer, look no further than Oahu’s Hanauma Bay. This is one of the most affordable activities in Hawaii, and you are going to love every single minute of snorkeling at this top Oahu attraction.
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