Hanauma Bay History
Hanauma Bay was declared a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park in 1967 and is home to over 400 species of marine life.
The Hanauma Crater was created about 32,000 years ago, a series of volcanic vents opened along the southeast shoreline of Oʻahu. Wave erosion eventually cut through the low, southeast wall of the crater, forming the current bay.
Today Hanauma Bay offers a pristine marine environment. Voted the Best Beach in the United States for 2016 volunteers have a booth located on the beach level to help visitors learn about conservation of the reef and the types of fish that live there.
In 2002 a marine education center was opened for visitors and part of the conservation plan, it requires first-time visitors to watch a short video before entering the park so they can learn about the marine life, preservation and safety rules for the park.
Visitors are required by law to refrain from mistreating marine animals or from touching, walking, or otherwise having contact with coral heads, which appear much like large rocks on the ocean floor. It is always recommended to avoid contacting coral or marine rocks can easily cut your skin, neglecting such wounds may bring medical problems.
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The bay is actually a volcano crater that formed during an eruption 32,000 years ago.
Hanauma is now home to about 400 species of fish. Hanauma Bay is known for its abundance of Green sea turtles, known as Honu.
Hawaii has an award winning bus system, You can ride the number 22 bus from Waikiki. It runs down Kuhio Avenue and is $2.75 one way. A taxi will run you about $100 round trip.
For information on routes and time tables call the bus service at (808) 848-5555