Yes, it’s crowded–3000 visitors a day—and, yes, it attracts tour buses and shuttles; but, there is a reason why this former volcanic cone, now protected Marine Life Conservation District, is world famous for snorkeling. In fact it was so popular and abused, that in 1990, efforts were made to restore this geologically distinctive curved bay by creating ground rules for visitors such as all first-timers need to watch a video before entering the park and are required by law to refrain from mistreating the marine animals and from touching or walking on the coral heads. And, if you feel like taking it one step further, here’s a list of our favorite coral-safe sunscreens. Basics You can drive on your own and pay the $1 to park, but arrive early since there are only 300 parking spots and they fill up by 8:00am. Gear rental is available for $20. A taxi costs about $40 one way from Waikiki or the #22 Bus costs $2.50 one way and takes about 45-50 minutes. Entry fee is $7.50 and hours are 6am-6pm. Closed every Tuesday, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Not to miss Or in this case, “on your way back.” If you are heading back through Hawaii Kai (as in heading back toward Waikiki), stop in Uncle Clay’s Shave Ice, for an all organic, tasty treat.