Hanauma Bay is a small bay which in the past was part of a volcano. Hence, in its waters are a diverse array of coral that became alive with marine wildlife habitat. Visitors who came to Hanauma Bay is not only able to see the presence of a beach, but they can also enjoy the beauty of the underwater. Because coral reefs are located just a few meters from the shoreline.
Every day, the manager of this destination only allows 3,000 visitors to be able to enjoy it. It seems quite a lot, but every day no less than 10,000 visitors had to rearrange their schedules in order to enjoy the charm of Hanauma Bay on the other days. The restriction is done to prevent damage to coral reefs there. Thus the preservation of its animals will also be maintained. In addition, the special on Tuesday, Hanauma Bay did not accept the arrival of visitors.
Hanauma Bay is home to around 300 species of fish. Including a fish named humuhumu nukunuku apua’a, this fish is a typical fish of the state of Hawaii. There are also low nukunuku’oi’oi wiliwili, which is a fish that has a long nose. The nose is used to suck eggs of other fish for food. Visitors can also see turtles, stingrays, sea eels to sharks with white fins.
To be able to witness the presence of marine animals, visitors must wear a snorkel gear. There are two areas where visitors can do. The first is near the shoreline where the water level is about 0.5 to 1.5 meters. This area is suitable for children or those who are just learning to snorkel.
The second area is in waters farther from the coastline. The location can be accessed through an underwater canal that formed naturally on the composition of the coral reefs. The water level in the area is about 1.5 to 4 meters. Besides deep enough, the flow of water in this area is stronger than in other areas. Therefore, this area is only suitable for snorkeling lovers who are experienced and have good physical endurance.
Visitors who want to see the underwater beauty of Hanauma Bay are required to watch a show when they buy a ticket (US $ 7.5). Impressions lasted 9 minutes contain information about the presence of marine species that exist there and anything that could threaten the existence of their lives. There is also information about things that should not be done while in the water like fish feeding and stepping on coral reefs.
Hanauma Bay can be approached from Waikiki (on Kalakaua Avenue) with a bus numbered 22. Avoid visits Hanauma Bay when 7 to 10 days after a full moon because its waters would be a lot was filled with jellyfish which can lead to itching on the skin.
Opening hours: 06:00 am to 06:00 pm (October till March except Tuesdays), 06:00 am to 07:00 pm (April to September, except Tuesdays), 06:00 am to 22:00 pm (Saturday).