For many travelers around the world, the Hawaiian Islands are a dream destination. Now is the time to plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip to this tropical paradise to enjoy the spectacular natural environment of Hanauma Bay.
The Best Hiking Trails at Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay near Waikiki offers some fantastic hikes featuring spectacular views of the islands. Designated a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park in 1967, this famous curved bay is a sight in itself. Bring comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, then set out from your choice of Hanauma Bay cabins.
1. Diamond Head Crater Hike
Diamond Head is an extinct 3,520-foot crater with a 760-foot summit. Kaimana Tours will lead you on this easy-to-moderate excursion to the top for breathtaking views of the bay.
2. Rainforest and Manoa Falls
This adventure is for more experienced hikers. The trail begins with a footbridge through a grove of eucalyptus trees. The next 0.8 mile stretch of trail is suitable for all, and then you arrive the start of the challenging Aihualama Trail. Be sure to follow the official signs for safety.
3. Mau'umae Trail
Also called Lanipo Trail, this 6.6-mile hike is suitable for all hikers, including kids and dogs. Take your time on this difficult trail and choose your own distance. The trail is open year round and features beautiful wildflowers along the path. Save this one for a day when the wind is minimal.
The Best Family Activities at Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay and the surrounding area is a perfect family destination, with many activities to choose from. Take part in the many watersports in the area, or just relax on the beach near Hanauma Bay hotels to stay close to home.
1. Horseback adventure
Take a guided tour on horseback for a unique way to see the scenery. Travel from Ka’ena Point to Makaha Beach with your new equine friend as your guide regales the group with stories of local legends. If you're staying at one of the Hanauma Bay cabins in Waikiki, the tour will pick you up there and drop you off after the tour.
2. Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins
This is a unique experience combining snorkeling and swimming with the dolphins. Your expert instructor will show you how to assume a passive, non-intrusive position to attract these beautiful animals around you. Take part in the Hawaiian tradition of respect for these fascinating creatures.
3. Waikiki surfing lessons
Surfing is an iconic Hawaiian activity. Even if you've never surfed before, you can learn from the instructors on Waikiki Beach to get you started safely and successfully. If you plan to spend some time learning this island skill, you might want to stay at one of the nearby Hanauma Bay hotels.