Shark Cage Encounter
|Galapagos & Sandbar Sharks||Safe Shark-Cage|
|A View of the Open Ocean
|International Waters||Crystal Clear Waters|
|No diving experience needed||Picturesque landscapes
PLEASE NOTE: There is no transportation to and from this activity. You must make your own way to the Harbor in Haleiwa.
More than just an adventure, this educational tour takes you into a world that few can ever experience.
We take you over three miles off shore, where you can observe Galapagos and Sandbar sharks in their natural environment from the safety of a floating cage. No scuba experience is necessary, you enter the cage from above and stay on the surface using a mask and snorkel. Large Poly Glass windows let you peer into the open ocean and watch the sharks as they glide gracefully through the deep blue. To be in the presence of such awe inspiring animals will change the way you see sharks forever.
Your Shark Vessel departs the Boat Harbor and you'll motor out to international waters, over 3 miles off shore to the shark grounds. For the next hour and a half we share the excitement and our knowledge of the sharks of the famous North Shore.
Within minutes the fun begins. The sharks almost never fail to pay us a visit. In fact, their presence is so consistent that if you don't see a shark, you don't pay!
Upon arrival to the shark grounds the first guests get in the cage. The water here is over 600 feet deep and crystal clear. The view is incredible. Just getting in is a bit of a thrill. Once in the cage, the big Poly Glass windows are nearly transparent, so when that 10 foot long Galapagos shark presses his nose against the glass, it looks like he is coming right on in. Not to worry though, he’s not getting in. In fact, press your nose against the glass, and you will be just one quarter of an inch away from the business end of one big shark!
In addition to the Galapagos sharks, Sandbar sharks are our other common visitors. Both of these sharks are very curious, completely unafraid and come very close to the shark cage. Sometimes we see as many as 30!
There is absolutely no diving experience required for this veritable shark diving fest.But just because everyone can do it, doesn’t mean the experienced diver will be bored. Far from it! From underwater pros to people who have never even been in the ocean, our adventure is for everyone!
IS THIS ADVENTURE FOR YOU?
Absolutely! But…. There are a few things you should know. Please read this and the only surprise will be how this shark encounter is so much more than you ever imagined!
When we say this adventure is for everyone, we mean it. Our guests have included non swimmers who had never been in the ocean to National Geographic photographers. (Both were very impressed!) The youngest person in the shark cage was a three year old girl and the oldest over 80. We have taken paraplegics and a woman who had lost her foot to a great white.
Must be easy, right? Yes it is, but not always. Our shark grounds are three miles off the famous North Shore. This is the open ocean and it can be very rough. Even on a calm day the boat still rocks! If you are prone to motion sickness, this will bring it on. It is calmer the earlier you go. As the wind increases throughout the day it can get bumpier with the wind swells.
Sometimes the weather is so rough that it becomes dangerous and we must cancel the tour. This can happen fairly often in the winter and spring. When you book, we will ask for a phone number or hotel room. If the weather looks too rough, we will call you the day before. If you are coming on vacation, it may be wise to schedule your shark trip during the beginning so we can try again if the weather is too rough. You can also call us at anytime to check on conditions. The weather is not always rough, especially in the mornings. We encourage people to come on the early trip. We know it is hard to get up early on vacation but what are you going to remember for the rest of your life? A few moments with your pillow or being surrounded by 30 sharks?
We do not want to scare you out of coming. Some people just seem to be surprised that small boats on a big ocean don’t sit still! Calm or rough, rain or shine, everyone that comes with us has a great time, even the ones who get seasick. Thanks for reading this.
|Length of Tour||2 hours|
|Tour is operated||Daily|
You need to check in directly on the boat at the Haleiwa Boat Harbor. Please allow at least 1.5 hours of drive time from Waikiki. All reservations are subject to non-refundable cancellation if guest is not checked in at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled tour. Upon check in look for the shack next to the 2-story grey building (harbor master's office). You will be checking in under the red/blue sign that says "Hawaii Shark Encounters"
NOTE! THERE ARE TWO SHARK BOATS OPERATING OUT OF HALEIWA HARBOR. MAKE SURE YOU FIND "HAWAII SHARK ENCOUNTERS"
Haleiwa Boat Harbor -66-105 Haleiwa Rd, Haleiwa, HI 96712--Slip 40
Snorkel equipment (snorkel, mask & fins)
Transportation is NOT included
|Additional Items To Bring/Wear:||
Take something in advance as a preventative measure for motion/sea sickness. It should be taken an hour ahead of time
Remember to bring an underwater camera
Make sure you wear your swimsuit and a towel
Wear plenty of sunscreens, we recommend a sun hat and cover-ups (to avoid too much sun)
You may bring your own drinks and snacks
Children price is for 5-12 years old.
No cancellations or changes allowed within 48 hrs of the scheduled tour departure time
|Driving Directions from Waikiki (Drive time 1hr):||
-Take the H1 Freeway West from Honolulu to the H2 Freeway North.
-Stay on H2 until freeway ends and becomes Route 99
-After the freeway ends, go straight (1.8 miles) through 4 stop lights and turn right at the split "North Shore"
-Go (1.2 miles) and turn left at the signal light
-Follow the signs towards North Shore / Haleiwa, staying on Route 99
-Go (6.8 miles) turn left at the 2nd signal light "Historic Haleiwa Town"
-Turn right and go (1.2 miles) through "Historic Haleiwa Town” and turn left immediately after the 76 gas station on Haleiwa Rd
-Turn right into the Haleiwa Boat Harbor at the green harbor sign
-At stop sign turn right then follow road to center of Harbor to the big two story building
-Park next to our sign. It is white with red letters "Hawaii Shark Encounters"
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|Office Hours:||We are open every day, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Hawaiian Time|