Welcome to Hanauma Bay


The bay is a park and a nature preserve. It is hugely popular; to beat the crowds, arrive as soon as the park opens.


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Hanauma Bay activities

$36 Water Sports

Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure Half-Day Tour

Hanauma Bay Oahu Nature Preserve is a natural crescent beach in the sunken caldera of an extinct volcano. The bay is protected by the volcanic formation and the waters are famously clear, providing the ideal environment to spot fish and other marine wildlife.The City and County of Honolulu's Marine Educational Center at Hanauma Bay Hawaii features marine displays of wildlife in the bay, an educational video theater and other facilities. It's mandatory that you watch the video in order to be informed about the bay's geological and historical background before taking Hanauma Bay tours, and the importance of protecting Hanauma Bay for future visitors.Please note: the listed price does not include a $7.50 USD per person entrance fee into Hanauma Bay.

$99.87 Tours & Sightseeing

Oahu Circle Island Small Group Tour

Diamond HeadThis iconic Waikiki landmark was formed 300,000 years ago when the volcano erupted. As these materials settled, they cemented together into a rock called tuff, creating the crater. Your guide will explain the geologic and military history of the world famous Diamond Head Crater while you enjoy the view of surfers in the waves. Learn about some of the history of these beautiful homes surrounding this impressive landmark. (No strenuous summit hike.)Hanauma BayThis iconic bay is a highlight for many in Hawaii. Your guide will talk about the geologic formation of the bay. Your group will have an opportunity to take pictures of the bay and stroll the grassy park area at the top of Hanauma Bay.Halona BlowholeAt the Halona Blowhole (meaning peering place or place to lookout), water can shoot up to 30 feet into the air. The reason the water shoots into the air here is due to small caves along the coast with an opening at the top. During the winter we may view whales along the coast. On a clear day we can see Lanai, Maui and Kahoolawe.Macadamia nut farmHere at the Macadamia nut farm, guests will be able to crack open a Macadamia nut to sample the raw nut. There are also Macadamia nut samples, a gift shop, and Kona coffee samples. Kualoa RanchBreathtakingly beautiful ranch on the windward side of Oahu. The ranch consists of three valleys: Kaʻaʻawa Valley, Kualoa Valley, and Hakipu’u Valley. Guests will have time to see the petting zoo, take pictures of the beautiful ranch and visit the gift shop. More than 50 movies and TV shows have been filmed at Kualoa over the years, since the 1966 Elvis Presley film Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Kualoa has also been a film location for Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, 50 First Dates, You, Me and Dupree, Hawaii Five-0, Mighty Joe Young, Pearl Harbor, Windtalkers, Godzilla, and Lost.Kualoa Beach “Secret Beach”Your guide will show you this beautiful protected beach for some great pictures of Chinaman’s Hat and Kualoa Ranch. Walk along the beach for a picture, feel the warm sand between your toes and relax.Kahuku Shrimp truckThis stop allows you to try the famous shrimp of Kahuku in a plate lunch.Sunset Beach, North ShoreSunset Beach is a great place to watch the surfers in the winter. It is known for beautiful sunsets and nice sand.Historic Haleiwa, North ShoreGuests spend time shopping, getting shave ice, and enjoying local food in this old plantation town. Spend some time at the famous Matsumoto’s Shaved ice for an island classic: Shave Ice.Dole Pineapple PlantationAt the Dole Pineapple Plantation you will see what a pineapple plant looks like, how to cut a pineapple, and how chocolate is grown and harvested. Learn about the famous dole family and enjoy the famous Dole Whip treat.

$73.25 Tours & Sightseeing

Oahu 'Beautiful Hawaii' Photography Tour with Tantalus Lookout

Oahu Photography Tours offer a “Beautiful Hawaii” 6-hour photo tour, an accessible Hawaii tour option for individuals who prefer a later start in the day, shorter walks, and the opportunity to photograph majestic locations around our beautiful island of Oahu. This tour focuses on paying homage to the stunning blue ocean waters and expansive skies of “the gathering place,” our island home, Oahu! At our first stop, we will go over your camera and make sure you are ready to capture the panoramic views from the lesser traveled Tantalus Lookout. Letting the mountain breeze and fresh air cool you off in the heat of the day, you’ll see from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor from this great perch, and you might be able to spot out your hotel from up there! Pali Lookout is next on the itinerary, which offers panoramic views of the sheer Ko’olau cliffs and lush windward coast. Fun fact: The name “Pali” means ‘cliff’ in Hawaiian! Wait to until you see the height of this cliff! The Pali Lookout is also a site of profound historical significance. This lookout is where King Kamehameha successfully conquered Oahu under his rule, after winning the Battle of Nuuanu in 1795. While you photograph the sites, your guide will share the history of this location. Be sure to ask your guide about the painting by Herb Kane that depicts the intense battle of Nuuanu. Now we pass through the Pali tunnels to the Windward side of Oahu where you will photograph the Ko’olau Mountains. You will understand why this mountain range is a Natural National Monument in the United States when you are face to face to this range. If you look close, you might see the white cattle Egret flying overhead, resembling a Jurassic Park scene. Before lunch, we walk along Oahu Island’s longest uninterrupted white-sand beach at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park. Lined with old growth Australian ironwood trees, you’ll adore the atmosphere made delicious by the elements of earth, sky, and water blending in a single photograph. This beach is one of the top stops with Oahu Photography Tours! You’ll never want to leave, but we don't want you to miss our lunch stop. Having worked up our appetites, we stop for lunch at Ono Steaks & Shrimp Truck which offers authentic Hawaiian specialties, such as locally caught fish that you can have grilled or in tacos, Kalua pork, and other delicious options. We continue onwards a series of unforgettable Oahu attractions: Makapu’u Beach Lookout, Halona Blow Hole Lookout, Sandy Beach, and Lana’i Lookout where you’ll capture the stunning East Oahu sea cliffs and be left breathless from the unique beauty of it all. For our final stop for the day will at Hanauma Bay, a protected marine life conservation area formed in 1967. Staring out at this 32,000-year-old circular-shaped late stage volcanic eruption, Hanauma Bay, your first instinct will be to reach for your camera, and we say go for it! 

$36 Shore Excursions

Oahu Shore Excursion: Hanauma Bay Snorkeling

Take a snorkel break while docked in Honolulu at the spectacularly beautiful Hanauma Bay. The Hanauma Bay Oahu Nature Preserve is a natural crescent beach in the sunken caldera of an extinct volcano. The bay is protected by the volcanic formation and the waters are famously clear, providing the ideal environment to spot fish and other marine wildlife.Your tour begins with pickup at central location, located 6 minutes away from the Port of Honolulu. When you arrive at Hanauma Bay, you will have ample free time to snorkel, lounge on the beach and play in the warm waters. Snorkel gear, including a high-quality dive mask, snorkel and fins, is included.The City and County of Honolulu's Marine Educational Center at Hanauma Bay features marine displays of wildlife in the bay, an educational video theater and other facilities. Before anyone starts a Hanauma Bay tour, it's mandatory to watch the video in order to be informed about the bay's geological and historical background and to learn the importance of protecting Hanauma Bay for future visitors.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Honolulu port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$320 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Complete Island Eco Helicopter Small-Group Tour from Oahu

Nothing is more seductive than beautiful Waikiki Beach, except a beautiful tour above Waikiki Beach. Enjoy lilting Hawaiian music through Bose aviation, grade noise, canceling headsets, while your expert Blue Hawaiian pilot, a State of Hawaii certified tour guide, lifts you gently into the blue skies of Oahu. Cruise past such framed hotels as the Royal Hawaiian, the Halekulani, the Moana Surfrider, and more. See the gorgeous tableau of Waikiki's white sands, palm trees, and gentle surf, framed against the majestic volcanic crater of Diamond Head.Yet Waikiki Beach is just the beginning of Oahu's countless treasures. The scenery of this unique island has appeared in scores of Hollywood films and television series, such as Pearl Harbor, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, George of the Jungle, Pirates of the Caribbean III, Lost and more. In fact, Blue Hawaiian flew aerial photography for all of these blockbuster productions, and for many more film and television projects across the Hawaiian Islands.So get ready, because a succession of stunning sights, like a string of glittering pearls, awaits you: Honolulu Harbor, graced by picturesque Aloha Tower, heart-tugging Punchbowl, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and the splendid crescent of Hanauma Bay. Gliding eastward, it's like you've gone to another world: a world that truly can be appreciated only from the panoramic cockpit of an Eco-Star helicopter. Appreciate this spectacular coastline, the Makapuu Point and lighthouse, Mount Olomana, legendary "Chinaman's Hat" (proper name, Mokoli'i), and the soaring Nuuani Pali where Blue Hawaiian helped capture some of the most powerful images in the film Pearl Harbor and the lust and dense Nuuanu Valley Rainforest. Then it's time to see the breathtaking coastline of Sacred Falls and the expansive Dole Pineapple Plantations. Finally, no tour of Oahu would be complete without the inspirational nostalgia of Pearl Harbor. Here is the emotions epicenter of American pride in our nation's endurance and ultimate victory in World War II, with its haunting Arizona Memorial - a symbol of the beginning of the way - and the mighty U.S.S. Missouri, where the surrender was signed. Every year, millions of people make a timeless pilgrimage of gratitude and homage to this hallowed place, yet now you can see it all with the perspective you can only get from the air. Unforgettable.

$114.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Majestic Circle Island from Ko Olina

The morning sun slowly warms the sandy beaches of Ko Olina as your E Noa guide escorts you aboard and begins to weave the tales of our island. The Eastern shores of Oʻahu call as you circle iconic Diamond Head and pass through Kahala-where mansions live next door to beach houses. You will find yourself staring down at one of the most photographed places on Oʻahu, Hanauma Bay.  This marine sanctuary is all crystal blue waters and living coral reefs; home to a rainbow collection of sea creatures.  Natural wonders abound including molten lava tubes shooting ocean sprays 30 feet in the air as churning waves crash the rocky shoreline. History moves to forefront as you weave up the Koʻolau Mountains to the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout where King Kamehameha battled victoriously to unite the Hawaiian Islands.  And just that quickly you will find yourself in a cleft of the mountain gazing at the Byodo-In Temple commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants.  Cruise the seven miles of world famous surfing beaches along the North Shore stopping along the way to enjoy the local flavors. Waimea Falls and the surrounding valley are rich with history, spirituality and island traditions.  Your E Noa guide will take you through the botanical gardens of this vast and tranquil setting. Learn how deeply embedded tradition is in today’s Hawaiian culture. Around the corner is Historic Dole Plantation surrounded by rows of pineapple and fields of sugarcane stalks.  Your E Noa guide will share the rich plantation history and describe how this famously sweet and spikey plant became a symbol of hospitality and Hawaiʻi. The scenic round-trip journey from and back to Ko Olina is a treat in itself when accompanied by stories and fun facts shared by your E Noa guide. Fasten your seatbelt for an amazing circle island excursion that will leave you carefree and full of the Aloha Spirit!

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