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Hanauma Bay on Oahu – Best Snorkeling in Hawaii

Hawaii-specific travel Web site, Best Places Hawaii, has ranked Hanauma Bay on Oahu as the No. 1 snorkeling spot. It made the top spot on its list of “10 Best Snorkeling Spots in Hawaii.”

The location rankings take in account several factors such as scenic beauty, teeming with underwater life, good for beginners, and an accessible location.

Three beaches on Oahu and Kauai made the top 10 list and two each on Maui and the Big Island.

For Hanauma Bay, the Web site writes:

“This bay is a favorite (and crowded) snorkeling spot. The waters are clear, warm, and calm. Friendly and plentiful fish swim close by. The setting is gorgeous and easy to access. Even in waist deep water, dozens of species of reef and inshore fish common to Hawaiian waters can be seen. Novice snorkelers like to stay in the safe, shallow inner bay. Those with more experience take a passage through the reef to gain access to Witch’s Brew, a turbulent cove, and other outer reef.”

The top 10 snorkel spots:

1. Hanauma Bay, Oahu

2. Makaha Beach Park, Oahu

3. Molokini Crater, Maui

4. Kealakekua Bay, Big Island

5. Ke’e Beach Park, Kauai

6. Kapalua Bay, Maui

7. Anini Beach, Kauai

8. Kapiolani Park Beach, Oahu

9. Poipu Beach, Kauai

10. Kahaluu Beach Park, Big Island

The complete list with text and photos can be found on the Best Places Hawaii Web site at:

www.bestplaceshawaii.com/tips/10_best/snorkeling.html