For all of you who read my previous post on Hanauma Bay, here's an update. It will cost $7.00 to now enter the nature preserve unless you are a Hawaii resident or are a member of the US Armed Forces stationed in Hawaii. It's a small price to pay for one of the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii.
You'll still have to watch the safety video prior to entering and can come and go into the bay as you please, as long as you receive a stamp on your hand before exiting. Sign your name to the list if you plan on returning within the year. If you need assistance, there' an information booth on the beach Also, if you don't want to buy snorkeling gear, you can rent out equipment for a low cost. Other than that, just remember to be safe and have fun.
I went to Hanauma Bay about a week or two ago to snorkel. I didn't see as many fish as usual, but I had a chance to spot a green sea turtle. I really love visiting Hanauma Bay because it's beautiful and relaxing to snorkel there. Although there can be enormous amounts of people at times, to the point where you are almost colliding with others as you snorkel, it is a breathtaking location you should not miss.
I would really love to try night snorkeling sometime too since I heard it's available during certain times of the month. It will be a bit scary, but also memorable and fun.
If you visit Hanuama Bay, you may want to bring an underwater camera. Also, as a reminder, don't step on the coral or mess with any of the marine life, especially the turtles. It's illegal to harrass turtles, which are protected by law.
Have a good time!