In 1967 this half moon-shaped bay on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, was declared a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park, this is largely due to the incredible coral reef and the diversity of species inhabiting it.
Hanauma Bay is also the most famous of all Hawaii’s snorkeling beaches because of it’s high fish population, calm shallow water, and white sand. The curvature of the bay in fact provides protection from large ocean waves and allows swimmers an amazing opportunity to view the marine and reef life in a safer, protected environment.
HOW TO GET THERE: Take Kalaniana’ole Highway east from Waikiki for approximately 10 miles. Entrance to the preserve is on the right. Most of Waikiki’s hotels provide transportation to the bay.