I remember the first time I swam here, I was filled with awe because of its beauty from afar and within. Fishes of species I do not know and of different vibrant colors swim, feed, play and hide beneath its corals. Hanauma is a world on its own that you'll forget that life exists outside this beautiful bay. Here, it's just Hanauma and I.
No wander that "in 1967, Hanauma Bay was declared a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park." And for those interested in underwater volcanoes, "the bay floor is actually the crater of an ancient volcano that flooded when the exterior wall collapsed and the ocean rushed in." (Source here.)
And when the stress of life comes rushing in, I close my eyes and picture this perfect view in my mind - the feel of sand on my feet, the gentle waves caressing the shore, the sun in my eyes as I float on the waters of Hanauma Bay.
The water is so clear, you can see the coral reef at the bottom of the water. How could you forget such beauty? Never.
- Hanauma Bay is a marine conservation area: no pets allowed; no alcoholic beverages; no fishing or feeding the fish; do not remove, harass, or harm any marine life.
- Avoid standing or walking on the coral reef.
- Parking per car is $1 (A lot of people visit the bay so it is recommended to arrive early as the parking lot fills up quickly.)
- Admission: $5 per person admission fee for 13 year old or older. The bay is FREE for children under 13 years, Hawaii residents and military stationed in Hawaii with proper ID.