Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure Half-Day Tour. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Tour people did their job well - on time and good equipment. The Bay however, is over-used so there is not very much coral left - some colourful fish and a big green sea turtle. The best snorkeling is off a catamaran out on a reef where people cannot touch the coral with their feet.
Great relaxing day! We want to visit the wonderful paradise again. :)
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!