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Hanauma Bay Marine Life Conservation District

A photo and information about the Hanauma Bay Marine Life Conservation District off the southeast coast of the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District
Copyright © Kathleen Walling Fry

The first marine life conservation district established by the State was the 101 acre Hanauma Bay Marine Life Conservation District at Hanauma Bay. The district includes the portion of the submerged lands and overlying waters of Hanauma Bay beginning at the high water mark at the shoreline.

Activities Allowed at Hanauma Bay

Activities permitted at Hanauma Bay include swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and underwater photography.

Activities Prohibited at Hanauma Bay

State law prohibits the following activities inside the boundaries of the Hanauma Bay Marine Life Conservation District:

    -Fishing for, catching, taking, injuring, killing, possessing, or removing any finfish, crustacean, mollusk, seashell, opihi (limpet aka saltwater snails), live coral, algae, limu (seaweed), or any other marine life, or marine life eggs.

    -Taking, altering, defacing, destroying, possessing, or removing any sand, coral, rock, or any other geological feature, or specimen.

    -Having or possessing any fishing gear or device including, but not limited to, any hook-and-line, rod, reel, spear, trap, net, crowbar, or other device, or noxious chemical that may be used for the taking, injuring, or killing marine life, or altering a geological feature or specimen. The possession of such items shall be considered prima facie evidence in violation of this rule.

    -Introducing any food, substance, or chemical into the water, to feed or attract marine life.
Hanauma Bay is located about 10 miles east of Waikiki, near of Hawaii Kai, Koko Head, Koko Crater, and Sandy Beach, on the southeast shore of the island of Oahu.

See also:
- Other Oahu Marine Life Conservation Districts
- Marine Life Conservation Districts on Other Islands
- Snorkeling on Oahu
- Scuba Diving on Oahu

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