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Hanauma Bay
Island Name : Oahu
Dive Zone : South
Depth : 15 -70 feet
Access : Shore
Location : South Shore
Visibility : 40-80 feet
Level : Beginner - Advanced
Sealife : Large resident eels, Spotted Eagle Rays, Octopus, Green Sea Turtles, Ulua (Jack Fish) together with
Water Temperature : 70/75 F, 21/24 C from November to April
75/80 F, 24/27 C from May to October
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve used to receive over 10,000 visitors daily, not visitors have been limited to 3,000 people. This site is also the third most popular dive site in Oahu and its attraction centers around the protected swimming, snorkeling and other amenities offered here. Originally formed as the cone of a volcano, it was eventually breached by the ocean and formed a natural cove protecting the area from high winds and rough seas. The area was declared a State Marine Life Conservation District in 1967 since the protected waters host over 100 species of fish. Depths can reach 70 feet at the outer point, with bottom reefs and wall formations offering fantastic and varied exploration points. Rip currents can build seaward, which requires the judgment of a professional guide. If you plan to dive here, make sure that you bring proof of certification or you will be restricted to a sand patch inside the barrier in depths of less than 15 feet of water. The entry to the deeper stuff is off the right side of the beach, and swim through a channel in the reef.

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Reviewed By: Jaime, Oahu on February 25,2011 (rating 4/5)
We went here and it was amazing! the fish were friendly and wouldn't scatter away but swim next to you we even had a sea turtle follow us and swim along next to us while we were there.. lots of reef and loads of tropical fish.. there were lifeguards there to let you know about the water.. the visibility depended on the waves and if the sand was stirred up but when we went it was nice a good 30-40 feet.. This is perfect for Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced divers and snorkels!
Visibility: 30-40 feet Access: shore Skill level: all levels