HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Tour vehicles and licensed guides will be allowed at the Hanauma Bay Conservation Area beginning early next year, following pandemic-related closures.
Licensed tour vehicles will be allowed into the commercial vehicle parking lot beginning Jan. 4, the city announced.
This parking lot is limited to 15 minutes, and tourists and photographers stay on the upper floors of the nature reserve. Tour groups are not allowed to drop off at the beach area.
All vehicles using commercial lots must submit an admission fee (up to $40) based on vehicle capacity. These charges do not apply to taxis. The fee structure is as follows.
The city will open Wednesday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the first return of tour vehicles, the city said.
On the other hand, the parking fees and charges within the visitor lot remain unchanged.
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