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Hawaii Shark Encounters

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Snorkeling Mask
Whale watching (seasonal)

Sharks - As You Have Never Seen Them Before

More than just an adventure, this educational tour takes you into a world that few can ever experience. The open ocean world of sharks!

Located on the North Shore of Oahu, this tour takes you into the open ocean, over three miles off shore, where you can observe Galapagos and Sandbar sharks in their natural environment from the safety of a cage. A floating cage keeps humans and sharks safely separated from each other. No scuba experience is necessary as the guests can enter the cage from above and will 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 and effortless through the deep blue. Curiosity will bring them within inches of the window where your gaze will meet theirs. To be in the presence of such awe inspiring animals will open your eyes and change the way you see sharks forever.

A very important part of our shark adventure is education. You will be presented with fascinating facts about shark biology and behavior, about ocean life, conservation issues and about the significance of sharks in Hawaiian culture and mythology. Hawaiians are intimately connected to the ocean and see sharks as a revered part of their history and belief system. They are respected for their role in the natural balance of the island's ecosystems. Each guest can also take part in the ongoing shark research projects and can become an ambassador for conservation, an experience that will last well past the day of the tour.

An estimated 60 percent of the world sharks have been killed and the numbers continue to rapidly decline. Through a personal encounter we hope to show the beauty and importance of sharks, and that sharks have much more to fear from us than we do from them. A healthy ocean needs sharks, and they need out understanding and protection.

With Hawaii Shark Encounters you will see sharks like you have never seen them before. Anyone that has visited the deep blue walks away a changed person, having found a new appreciation for the ocean's incredible inhabitants.

It will be the blue water experience you will never forget.

Keep in mind that we are dealing with a wilderness experience and Mother Nature is in charge, so occasionally we must reschedule tours because of the weather. If you're flexible, we promise to get you in another day.

After the shark tour, check out the town and beautiful public beaches nearby. The harbor is easy walking distance from lots of great shops and site seeing in Haleiwa town.

In the CageAdult12+
Price Includes Tax & 10% Discount. Use code: "BKN10"
In the CageChild11 & younger
Boat Rider Only
Pick up Location
Daily2 hoursWaikiki & Kahala Area Hotels. Click the red "book it" button for exact pickup times & locations.Click the red "book it" button to see live availability calendar, check in times & directions. See map below for approximate location.
Frequently Asked Questions
Click on the red "Book It" button and you will see live availability. Keep in mind availability changes constantly, so make sure to book in advance!
H Tours Hawaii is a "one stop shop" for all the best activities in the Hawaiian Islands. Since we work with many providers, reservations are necessary. WE HIGHLY recommend making reservations, as many activities are at a discount when you reserve in advance. Some providers even charge higher for those "walking in" because they know chances are you're not going to walk away. Finally, a reservation ensures you have a space on the tour. Trust us you don't want to spend so much time and money to come to Hawaii and then miss out on an activity because they were booked out!
Choose the tour you are interested in, click the red “Book It” button adjacent to the tour information, and complete the booking form.
Most companies, if not all, require you to call them if you're trying to book something 2-3 days in advance. Do you really want to be spending your valuable time in Hawaii calling around to desperately find something that is available to do? While we can usually accommodate most last-minute bookings, we highly encourage those that are checking out our website far in advance to book 2-3 weeks prior to desired date. You never know if there's a convention, special event, or an increase in overall visitors in town, and it would be a shame if the activities that you want to do are sold out because you waited until the last minute. Basically, if you know you want to do it, just book it!
Most companies have a set of centrally located hotels that they do pick ups from. When you select your hotel in the booking page, you will see the pickup location and directions. This makes the pickup process short so you can start the tour as soon as possible!
Gratuity is never required but if you enjoyed your experience, a tip is always greatly appreciated!
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Check In Location
66-105 Haleiwa Road, North Shore, Haleiwa, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States 96712
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy: Standard Policy
  • Cancellations made 2 days before Date & Time will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
Terms & Conditions
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1 reviews, 0 comments
Was the tour accurately described on the webiste? In other words did it meet your expectations?
(5.0 of 5)
I went on the 11am dive last Sunday and WOW. I didn't mention it, but this was a LONG time coming for me. I have suffered with a severe fish phobia since I was little: if I saw a fish longer than one inch, I would be completely paralyzed and tears would just stream down my face. My mom (and husband after I got married) would have to physically remove me from the room for me to then break into hyperventilating ... moreand I'd have nightmares for a week. Don't ask me what started it, but it's kind-of embarrassing. Anyway, knowing it's a completely irrational fear, I knew I could take it on. Slowly, I began encountering more fish, starting with photos. It took me over ten years, but I WENT ON A SHARK DIVE!!! Chris and Rick were awesome! They were good teachers. I was one of two people who couldn't swim at all (they never asked so we didn't feel pointed out, but we all got to talking), and my husband is a certified advanced diver, so they don't lie that they take EVERYONE out. There were about eight Galapagos sharks swimming around! Felt completely safe and NO panic attacks because these guys make you feel so comfortable and safe! I love the information they provide on the sharks, though I wish there had been more. We spent about a half hour in the cage before the second group got in.

They were also super helpful about how to take photos (forget photos, take video and snap screenshots later), and help put on your mask. The boat ride was easy and fun, and the fresh water shower after the dive really helped. My husband and I plan on booking again!