Three miles off the coast, tour goers climb into a protected floating cage for an up-close look at Galapagos, sandbar, and tiger sharks
About This Deal
- What’s included: three-mile cruise off the coast of Oahu, informative tour, snorkel and mask, and GoPro cameras available for rent
- Departure time: tours leave at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., and 11 a.m.
- Departure location: Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor
- Notable sights: the water is over 600 feet deep and hosts up to 30 sharks
- What to bring:
- Snacks and drinks
- A sweater or light jacket for after the dive
About Hawaii Shark Encounters
Three miles off the coast, the guides hand over the snorkels, and then it's time. Tour members climb down into the floating cage and slip just beneath the water's surface. There they peer through large poly glass windows into the deep blue ocean as swimming shapes, perhaps hazy at first, pull into focus.
When the tour-goers finally glimpse the creatures, it might not exactly be love at first sight, but one thing is for sure: after spending time face-to-face with a Galapagos, sandbar, or tiger shark, they'll leave that protected cage with a whole new appreciation for these carnivores of the deep. That's of the utmost importance to Hawaii Shark Encounters, since the company hopes to turn each person they meet into a "shark ally," an advocate for the animals' global conservation.