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Very reasonable price for transportation and gear. Previous reviewers tips re taking your own snack and making sure you have money for park entry were good. Hanauma Bay was a highlight of our trip. Would do this tour again.
We went on the 9AM Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure on February 7, 2013 as part of our cruise to Hawaii. My husband and I had never been snorkeling before, so we chose Viator because we could walk into the water from the beach. Information we read about Hanauma Bay indicated it was a good location for beginners and we liked that it is a nature preserve. Stephanie was our driver. She met us at the Ala Moana Hotel and after picking up the other passengers, pointed out many landmarks on the way to HOP's Office: the harbour that was the opening scene in Gilligan's Island; the building Jack Lord jumped from in the original Hawaii Five-O; the beaches in Waikiki; Diamond Head; Koko Crater; and the homes of celebrities Bruce Willis and Tom Selleck. This was a nice surprise as all we expected was transportation and the snorkeling equipment rental, not a tour! At the office we were fitted for snorkeling masks and taken in a passenger van to Hanauma Bay. We had to pay the $7 entrance fee and watch a 15 minute video about the area before walking down the hill to the beach. The water was cold! However, we saw fish almost immediately. I have to admit, I had trouble breathing through the snorkel tube even though I believed I was a mouth-breather! After many attempts, I gave up and wore the mask and fins only. I held my breath and went swam underwater. It felt like swimming in an aquarium, there were so many colours and varieties of fish, it was amazing! Viator is the way to go as transportation to and from Waikiki and snorkel gear is included. The equipment rental on the beach is more expensive and you have to wait in line to get it. HOP's staff are polite and friendly - you won't regret choosing them - we didn't!
Well organized pick up. We have two boys 10 and 12 and they both loved it. It was great not to worry about having the right gear. They provided everything. We booked the latest pick up time but next time will book an earlier one. Will do again when we go back.
What a beautiful and scenic bay. We all had a great time. We booked for the 10:30 tour. It is recommended to choose the 3:00 p.m. return to allow enough time to snorkel, otherwise, your time will be very limited after watching the film. We were a little disappointed that there didn't seem to be too many fish. Perhaps too many tourists have chased them away. Still, this is highly recommended.
Best bang for the buck in Oahu. Do yourself a favor and spend the $20 for it!
My boyfriend and I really enjoyed this excursion! I only wish we could've stayed longer :)
Loved the experience. Would do this again in a minute. The driver from the hotel to the place to pick up equipment was non communicative, the driver from the equipment store was very helpful and told us what to expect. He was also very prompt on the return trip.
This was the best value pkg to go to Hanauma Bay. No glitches, good communication, on-time, driver knew our name and pretty much stress-free, particularly with the driver knowing the side streets to get around road construction and heavy traffic. Very beautiful place with better snorkeling experience than the Caribbean. The only improvement is just wish shuttle would pick us up at Ilikai instead of walking to Prince. However, the driver dropped us off at the Ilikai.There were no surprises. Everything was communicated upfront. Highly recommended.
We had so much fun!! The coral at Hanauma Bay was so beautiful that it was prettier then Maui and other islands we visited. We were delivered to our site by limo and treated exceptional!!
It was an excellent trip, the process of signing up was simple and straightforward, until it was time to confirm the pickup time and location for the beginning of the trip.
SUGGESTION: On your confirmation email, please do mention the time and confirm the requested pickup location. That would avoid confusion and hassle. It took quite some doing to find the correct phone number to call to follow up with all that. Otherwise, it was a great trip, thank you!
Ooohh! Hanauma snorkling! My bestfriend and I have been longing to be here for like 3 months! It was indeed a great and unforgettable experience! Staff were extremely friendly and accommodating!