Hanauma Bay

hanauma bay

About Hanauma Bay


Hanauma Bay is home to over 300 species of fish, with 25% of the States marine life unique to Hawaii. As one of South Shore Oahus most famous attractions, the bay is shielded from incoming waves and is ideal for snorkeling. From the scenic lookout above the bay, there are views in all directions the Pacific Ocean, beaches and island landscapes. Hana means bay and uma means curved in Hawaiian. Uma can also refer to the curved stem of a canoe and hand-wrestling.

Hanauma Bay is closed Tuesdays.


Hanauma Bay was declared a protected Marine Life Conservation Area and underwater park in 1967. In the 1980s, about 10,000 people visited Hanauma Bay every day. Thats a lot of people! Today less than half visit this popular bay. In fact, the City & County of Honolulu introduced an admission fee, prohibited fish feeding and limited the number of visitors per day to enter Hanauma Bay.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Duration: About 10 minutes for picture taking a chance to witness Hanauma Bays beauty. Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesdays, meaning tours will not stop here.
  • Amenities: No amenities at this scenic lookout point.
  • Insider Tip: Youll see a whole lot more with binoculars or a camera with zoom lens!
  • Fun Fact: Hanauma Bay is one of Hawaiis most visited beaches with over 3,000 visitors a day.
  • What to Expect: Outlines of underwater reefs and Molokai on a clear day
  • Pop Culture: Hanauma Bay is featured in Blue Hawaii, starring Elvis Presley. Its also shown in Donovans Reef, starring John Wayne.