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Oahu Shark Watching Tours

Oahu Shark watching tours are unique in all of Hawaii


Shark watching tours on Oahu seem almost out of place.


Jumping into a shark cage and watching dozens of sharks as large and larger than 15 feet in length swarm around you in the open ocean seems like something you might only find on the adventure channel on "This Week Is Shark Week".


Yet thousands of people just like you have had this experience and have returned home to tell about it.


And......talk about their shark experience they do, almost non-stop probably for days after the event because it had such a major impact upon them.


So how is it possible that something you think is so dangerous that you would only see it on television or in some action motion picture actually be so mainstream as to become popular with the general public? How is it that hundreds and thousands of people have participated in these shark tours over the course of the years these shark tours have been available on Oahu? The answer quite simply is that these shark tours may not be as dangerous as you think.


When I first did it, I must admit that I was a bit hesitant.


I knew that many people had done it before but really, how safe could it be to be in a cage that close to huge sharks.


The answer was surprising to me.


It was extremely easy and appeared to me to be safe.


* Are you wondering how this shark watching activity works? What is the process? Here's a brief explanation of how it happened for me on the day I went: I met the shark boat about 9 am in the morning at Haleiwa Harbor on the north shore of Oahu.


It was about an hour's drive from Waikiki so I had to get up and going fairly early.


The Boat I took had about 12 people or so on board and we motored out into the ocean a bit over three miles out to sea.


Suddenly we came to a stop and the captain and crew released a shark cage that was about 7'x5'x9' from its perch on the back of the boat and dropped it into the ocean.


The top was open but the sides were all bars like in a jail cell.


As we stood on the bottom of the cage our heads were still above water but when we lowered our heads under water with the aid of mask and snorkel we could easily see the water area around us.


The area around the boat was chummed with sliced fish and within minutes sharks arrived in droves.


Perhaps there were 20 sharks in all that day and many of them were over 10 feet in length and many much larger.


They swam around the cage, often very close, and seemed very curious of the inhabitants inside.


They didn't however seem frenzied but actually somewhat docile as they peered at us through the bars of the cage.


The cage would hold only two people at a time so we were actually submerged and watching the sharks for only a period of 15 minutes or so but in retrospect it seemed much longer.


The sharks we saw that day were Galapagos Sharks and although other types of sharks can and do show up there we were told that these were by far the most common shark visitors.


After we experienced our shark encounter we were replaced in the cage by another two adventurers from our boat and in this way the entire group completed their investigation of sharks off the coastline of Oahu.


Each person upon returning to the boat was "wide eyed" and filled with an adrenalin rush which lasted all the way back to the harbor where we stepped onto dry land none the worse for the experience.


In fact I believe that I could speak for the whole group that day in saying that we were much better for the experience as we had a new and different sort of appreciation for these fabulous ocean creatures we refer to as "sharks".

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North Shore Shark Adventures

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44' Raft - Dive with the Sharks

Hopefully your ready for this, because this may me the most exciting tour you have ever gone on! The very first tour company to offer shark tours was North Shore Shark Adventures and their new concept in Hawaii tours has created an industry that has become incredibly popular over the course of the last few years.
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Hawaii Shark Encounters

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32' Power Boat

Hawaii Shark Encounters offers one of Hawaii's most unique tours and can be found on the North Side of Oahu departing from the Haleiwa Boat Harbor. You will travel approximately 3 miles off the coast to an area that is inhabited by a large shark population and you will be jumping in a shark cage behind the vessel to view these amazing 5' to 15' long sharks.
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Island View Hawaii

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22' Hawaiian Style Radon

Islandview Hawaii is family owned and operated their Pelagic Dive tour company is located on the north shore of Oahu at Haleiwa. Here at Islandview Hawaii, we continue to share and receive knowledge in order to perpetuate our ocean lifestyle for future generations. Come aboard the Mo'o and let us share our tradition!
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So don't freak out on me here people, but we have some fantastic shark cage tours that happen here on Oahu.

In fact, Oahu is the only one of the Hawaiian Islands that we actually have this fantastic tour available to you. It is perhaps a little scarier than ... looks a little scarier than it actually is. It's probably not a tour for everyone but it is one of the most popular, and certainly exciting, tours that we have anywhere on all of the islands.

This is a tour, when you finish this tour, you cannot stop talking about it. In fact, everyone you meet will hear about this tour. That will probably happen for a couple days. So prepare yourself for it. It's just one of those things ... just the way it happens.

Let me show you a map. This occurs up here off the coast of Haleiwa, up in the north shore. So most of you are down here and you're going to need to get up there. There is some transportation that can happen in terms of the tour itself, where you can be charged additional to be picked up and taken up there. It's fairly expensive. If you've got your own car, that's the best way.

They leave from here, we have a couple great companies that do this. They start in the morning, early. Seven, eight o'clock, nine o'clock, ten o'clock. Kind of go up until it gets like wind blown or maybe early afternoon, something like that.

Here's what happens. Here's the way it works. You're at Haleiwa Harbor. You get on a boat. It seems gentle enough at that point. It's the size boat that maybe carries maybe ten passengers, something like that. You cruise out of the harbor and you're heading in a direction about three miles off shore. Now the unusual thing about this boat is that kind of on a platform in the back, it's got a cage. Cage maybe this high, something like that. I honestly don't know the dimensions but maybe six feet by six feet, something like that. It's got cage mesh on the bottom and on all four sides. Nothing on the top.

So the way this works is you'll cruise out there, you'll get to a place where sharks are. They'll usually chum the water to bring more sharks in. The type of sharks you have are generally the Galapagos Sharks. They are immense and there are many. So the times I've been out there, see maybe at least 10 sharks. I'm going to say many more. Six, seven, eight, nine, ten feet, something like that. They all come to feed and they're all surrounding the boat that you're on.

Well the cage, which has been on a platform kind of behind the boat, is then pushed over and released into the ocean and it floats there. You take maybe a couple people, maybe three, and they will jump off the boat into the cage. They'll be given Snorkeling gear and a mask and snorkel. They'll just be inside the cage. Then they kind of release the cage somewhat, and it goes back behind the boat, maybe 20, 25 feet. Still attached to the boat by a chain or whatever.

At that point you are in the cage and you've got your snorkel and your mask on and snorkel, if you chose to have it. The water in the cage maybe you have to go down under the surface of the water. Just a little bit like you're Snorkeling. Then you can see the sharks as they come all around your cage, getting very, very close. Closer than you can imagine that would have ever been next to a shark. You just get the whole notion of the immensity of it and you see the eye as it passes right by. I mean you're literally inches, in many cases, away. People have a tendency not to hold on to the bars like this but it's more like this, so you don't have your fingers outside. They just cruise around and you're just kind of amazed by the fact that these large animals are so close to you and you're there in this cage watching them.

In any event, this happens for maybe 15 minutes, something like that. Then you're reeled back into the boat and you get back up on shore and then next two or three people go back into the cage and then they have that opportunity. It really is a sight to behold. Your heart just pounds, even on the boat just looking down, you're able to see the fins going by all around. But to be actually in the cage, and to see them from that perspective, is really amazing.

These are fairly short tours, maybe a couple hours in totality, from the time you leave the harbor and then get back to the harbor. But you've had quite an experience during that period of time. So this is something that is very popular. It's something that you either definitely want to do, have to do or there's no way in the world you'll do it. There are enough people that really want to do it that it can get very, very busy. We can sell out very easily and so it's a decision you want to make probably before you come to Hawaii. Do I want to do that? Do I really want to do it? Am I going to be on Oahu and is that an experience that I want to have? If you decide "yes" on that, that's something you probably want to book before you get here, so we can get you on the correct time and the correct day, so that you're not going to be disappointed.

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