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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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"Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is a protected marine life conservation park that offers visitors the opportunity to snorkel with local wildlife! In order to get into the park you can either book a reservation 2 days in advance or walk-in. We attempted to secure a time slot however, they sold out within a few minutes of being available. Instead we arrived to the park around 6:40am and were able to get a walk-in ticket. While walk-in tickets are limited we had no problems getting a 7:30am time slot. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is the perfect spot for beginner snorkelers. During our visit we saw plenty of wildlife including Sea Urchins, an Octopus, Hawaiian Monk Seals and too many fish to count! This was definitely our favourite place to snorkel and is worth the early arrival time to get in."
"This area can get super busy, but has really nice snorkeling! I remember the crystal clear water, small schools of fish, corals, and tons of parrot fish! You must claim a reservation. Please check out the link below for the most up to date info! "The Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (HBAY) is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, with entry allowed from 6:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All HBAY visitors must leave the nature preserve by 4 p.m., with the beach being cleared at 3:30 p.m. This schedule is subject to change at any time." If you're looking for something a little more low-key for snorkeling + free, go to Sharks Cove! "
"Best to reserve online, however, the tickets are only available every 48 hours and they sell out quickly. They do offer limited # of walk-ins per day. $25 per non-Hawai‘i resident 13 years or older (2.35% service fee assessed for online payments) Free admission for children 12 years & younger. Parking Fee: $3 You can rent snorkel equipment here. Pack lunch and drinks with you."

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