This is a self-guided tour!
The beginning of the trail crosses over a footbridge and then crosses a small stream through a grove of Eucalyptus trees. The 0.8 mile trail gradually ascends through a lush rainforest ending at a viewing area set back from the base of the falls. There is a low rock wall and suspended cable with signs indicating the danger of landslide and instructing hikers to not go beyond that point. Approximately 50 feet from the viewing area there is a marked trail to the left. This is Aihualama Trail, which switchbacks up the ridge, through bamboo, offering views of Honolulu and Manoa Valley. Aihualama Trail is not suitable for novice hikers. There was a landslide next to the waterfall in January of 2002. A viewing area with a bench has been established that restricts access to the pool and waterfall, and from the side of the stream where the landslide occured. Signs are posted informing users of the trail terminus and of the potential danger of the area beyond. The trail ends at the viewing area. DO NOT GO BEYOND POSTED SIGNS AND CABLE AT THE END OF THE TRAIL- violators may be prosecuted.
Trail Length: 0.8 mi.
Terrain: Rainforest. Lush Valley
Elevation Gain: 800 ft
Park Name: NaAlaHele
With its diverse population of marine life, as well as a large and rich coral reef, Hanauma Bay was declared an official protected Marine Life Conservation Area and underwater park in 1967, making this stunning natural wonder a "must see!" For anyone wanting to experience the best of Oahu, this is a tour that should not be missed!
Within the bay's calm waters, you can swim through a coral reef with more than 450 species of vibrant tropical fish, a quarter of which are native to Hawaii.
Past customer Marcus writes, "The water is very clear once you get away from the beach. … You can feel the waves but it is a very easy swim."
Bring a swimsuit, a towel, and sunscreen! Lockers are available for a fee, and drinks/meals can be purchased at the snack bar or in the Hanauma Bay tour office.
Also, don't forget to bring $7.50 for the Hanauma Bay admission fee (children 12 and under are free) - this is NOT included in the tour price. Admission is collected on location by the State of Hawaii and all proceeds go toward the upkeep of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.
Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesdays and all State Holidays. During the summer, there may be a wait time to get in - it tends to be especially busy on Mondays and Wednesdays. All participants are required to watch a short Nature Conservancy Video before entering Hanauma Bay; the video is less than 10 minutes long.