Overview of Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Mark Pidcoe
Date: 03/16/2006


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Mark Pidcoe Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   San Diego Reef:    4.00
State:   CA Animal:    5.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   15 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   2100 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    3.00


*Average:    3.76
This is a guide to my favorite entry and dive area. Go along the left side towards Toilet Bowl, about 50 yds past the arch you will see a natural wash basin at the base of the cliff. Look right and notice the natural staircase sloping inland. Enter and Exit here. Water depth is 20-35' so lots of bottom time. Stay within 50yds of the shoreline for the best coral and critter viewing. I have never had vis less than 80' in this location and the marine life is fantastic with butterflies, angel fish, turtles, tangs and eels, as well as the occasional lobster and octopus. Long walk from the beach but well worth it. Fantastic snorkeling for more experienced snorkelers. When I was stationed on Oahu this was where I took all my visitors for snorkeling. Best time is mid-Fall thru mid-Spring when the predominate surf is from the North Pacific. Skip in Summer due to Southern swell.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    1998
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    3.00

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