Oahu Shark Diving Tours
Swim with Sharks and Explore Oahu's Breathtaking Blue Waters: Cage and Cageless Shark Diving Tours Available
Experience the thrill of swimming alongside sharks in their natural habitat. Our expertly guided tours are perfect for both seasoned adventurers and those seeking a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Get ready to feel your heart race as you witness the unparalleled magnificence of sharks up close, whether you choose a cage dive or go cage-free. Either way, you’ll get a safety briefing beforehand and have a safety diver with you at all times. Don’t miss out on the chance to make your Hawaiian getaway unforgettable with our Oahu shark diving tours!
Marine Life on Shark Tour
Sand Bar Sharks (left) & Galapagos Sharks (right) will be the most common open water sharks you’ll see on your Hawaii shark diving tour. Both species are pictured at the top of this page as well. Sand Bars can grow up to 8 ft while Galapagos can grow up to 10 ft. They may not seem big compared to the other marine life listed below, but once you’re in the water with them, you’ll quickly realize they are larger than you
Tiger Sharks (left) & Great White Sharks (right) are the larger shark species that reside in Hawaii’s open waters. We have yet to see a Great White shark visit the shark cage. Growing up to 21 ft, they do swim in the waters of Hawaii, but they tend to be more of a shy shark and most likely stay away from human activity. Tiger Sharks, being more curious, liketo visit the shark cage every once in a while and it is a pleasure to see them due to their larger size. Growing up to 16 ft! When they make anappearance, we get excited too.
Although whale sharks frequent the waters of Hawaii they very rarely stop by the shark cage, but when they do, believe us when we say that it’ll be one of the highlights of your life. These beautiful creatures have been said to grow up to 46 ft, but it’s safe to say that the average size is more around 33 to 39 ft.
Weighing in at 40 tons and growing up to 52 ft, the humpback whale is the largest marine life you could see from the shark cage! These majestic creatures visit Hawaii every year from November through May and during that period they sometimes venture close enough to the shark cage to see beneath the water’s surface or you may not see them, but hear the beautiful sounds they make. It is more common, during whale season, for you to see their water spouts or jumping out of water as we boat 2 miles out to the shark cage location.
Marine Life not on Shark Tour
Although Whitetipped Reef Sharks (left) & Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks (right) swim in our tropical waters, they do not visit the shark cage. On our adventure you get to see what are considered open ocean or pelagic sharks. White tipped reef sharks are named so because they stick to coral reef areas usually hiding during the day in coral caves or underneath coral ledges. You’ll more than likely see them while snorkeling or scuba diving around shallow coral reef areas. They only grow up to around 5 ft and aren’t aggressive, frequently swimming away from you as soon as you see them. Scalloped hammerheads are more shy and stick to bay areas without much human activity. This is where they give birth, providing shelter for their pups. Adults like to stay where the continental shelves end and the deep drop off begins. They are usually found in the Kaneohe bay area and can grow up to a whopping 14 ft.
While these species roam the waters of Hawaii, Black Tipped Reef Sharks (left) & Grey Reef Sharks (right) stay closer to reef areas and away from the larger open ocean species that you’ll see on our shark tour. Both reach up to 5.5 – 6 ft in length and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them while scuba diving in the deeper coral reef areas.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Shark cage tours are located on the North Shore of Oahu in Haleiwa Harbor. Tours run throughout the day, and the morning tours have the calmest ocean conditions. You’ll check in at the kiosk and from there you’ll take the boat a few miles off shore to where the sharks are. The crew sets up the cage and the first group will hop in the cage and you’ll have 20 minutes of shark time. You’ll be provided snorkel gear and thorough safety instructions. Common sharks that you will encounter are galapagos, reef and tiger sharks. During the winter months, you can see humpback whales as well.
Yes! Although sharks can seem scary, once you’re in the water and looking at these creatures up close you’ll see how extraordinary they are. Before your dive, you will be educated on how to properly enter and exit the cage, the signaling systems used during the dive, and what to do in case of an emergency. It’s important to pay close attention during the safety briefing to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for yourself and others.
Shark dives can be enjoyed throughout the year. The most popular months are from May-September. During the winter months, the diving conditions vary due to the sea swell. Early morning dives are recommended. The sea swell and visibility play crucial roles in the overall experience and safety of shark cage diving. Rough sea conditions and poor visibility may hinder the ability to observe or interact with the sharks effectively. If the tour is cancelled you will have the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.
Absolutely, there is an optional ride along you can select during the booking process.
Yes, cage tours have a 3 or 5 year minimum age and cageless shark dive tours have a 12 year minimum age requirement.