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Shark Cage Adventure in North Shore
Type:
Shark Cage
Popular Attraction:
North Shore/ Haleiwa Town
Highlights:
  • Turtles, dolphins & whales (Dec.-April only) on your way to the shark encounter!
  • Shark cage diving, Swim with the sharks! Professional snorkel gear, secure shark cage.
  • Galapagos shark, gray reef shark, sandbar shark, & hammerhead shark sightings possible!
Description:
This North shore shark adventure starts with a 15 minute, 3 mile boat ride off the north Oahu coast & takes you where the water is deep, blue, & you will encounter sharks!

This extreme shark adventure is an awesome way to get close to these ferocious creatures, either from the boat (surface viewing) or within the safety of a metal shark cage with large plexiglas observation windows (cage viewing). After a safety & educational briefing from the professional crew, you will be fitted with professional grade snorkel gear so that you can be ready to step into the shark cage! Once you are in there, you will experience this once in a lifetime opportunity to see sharks swim within inches of you!

The shark cage is not completely submerged, so make sure to come out of the water & check out all the shark’s dorsal fins as they swim around you! For those of you not ready to take the plunge, come & take the boat tour and watch the sharks swim around from the safety & comfort of the boat deck. In the winter season (Dec.-April), if you are lucky you will see whales on your trip back to shore! 

WHAT YOU MIGHT LIKE ABOUT THIS TOUR:
  • This is the best price we found with the best company up there. Usually its $120 plus tax
  • In the winter if you're lucky you will also see whales! (Dec.-April)
  • This company has the largest cage up there, and viewing sections with plexiglass, which enable you to take pictures that look like you're in there with the sharks!
  • You can stick your head out of the water and I guarantee when you see the shark fins swimming around you will think of JAWS!

WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT LIKE ABOUT THIS TOUR
  • Some people get seasick. We recommend taking the earliest tour possible & volunteering to go with the first group in the cage. These are the best ways to avoid the tour getting cancelled. Also, take a motion sickness pill before the tour. If it gets cancelled, of course you will get your money back. If you have any doubts feel free to contact us.
  • If the weather is bad they will cancel because the water gets choppy (You will get a full refund). This tends to happen on the later tours in the Winter. We highly recommend taking the earliest tour possible, this is usually not any issue for most people because they came from a different timezone so they wake up early anyways.Also, try doing this tour in the b eginning of your trip so you can reschedule.
  • The video is expensive. I got the video, it was ok, but it had no sound. I recommend taking a waterproof camera, its much cheaper and you can get better pictures/video.

HELPFUL ADVICE:
  • Take sea-sick pills and follow directions on box. We do not provide. 
  • Wet suits are welcomed, we do not provide or available. 
  • Call us the day before your tour to reconfirm. 
  • OK to bring snacks, foods, non-alcoholic drinks. We do not provide. NO BANANA'S OR ALCOHOL, please. 

Please bring the following: 
  • Towel. We do not provide.
  • Wear your swimwear underneath your street clothes if possible. 
  • Backpack recommended to store your items. 
  • Eco-friendly suntan lotion. 
  • We encourage underwater camera's or video equipment as long as it does not interfere with other clients. 

SHARK CAGE INFO 
  • Dimensions: 10' x 8' x 8' 
  • We place up to 8 people inside the cage per drop (max 10). 
  • There are handlebars INSIDE the cage where the clients hold onto for safety. 
  • Three sides of the cage have built-in plexiglass windows for a clear and unobstructed view. About an inch thick. 

WHAT IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE? 
  • Underwater video service @ $70 + tax for a 15 minute video. Clients will receive an SD card with their footage and a BONUS CD with pictures from previous tours. Your clients will be able to make copies and print pics from their 15 minute video without any copyright issues. Please see our boat staff or let us know when you make a reservation. We will make a note of their request. 
  • Souvenirs, t-shirts, tank-tops, disposable underwater camera's, and hats. 

WHAT DO WE PROVIDE? 
  • Mask. Rx (prescription) masks limited, please note upon booking. 
  • Snorkel. 
  • Drinking water. 
  • Life vests (for emergency use only) 
  • Educational information. 
  • Assistance in and out of the cage and boat. 
  • Limited dry storage for personal items. No lockers. 

FEMALE CLIENTS - Pregnancy / Menstrual 
  • Pregnancy: Up to 7 months. 
  • Menstrual: Normally not a problem. Cool water keeps things in.

HISTORY
For many years, local crab fishermen in Haleiwa favored a certain spot off the coast to clean their catch, each time marveled at the sharks which they've attracted. In 2001, at the suggestion of friends, Joe Pavsek created North Shore Shark Adventures with the intent to educate people about these sharks and offer a rare and unique perspective into Hawaii's ocean depths. During the annual migration of Humpback whales to Hawaii from Alaska, our clients get an extra treat by hearing whales sing and sometimes see them swim by, all from inside the cage. 

Sightings of barracuda, spinner dolphins, Hawaii green sea turtles, birds, and other sea-life add extra value With a life-long passion of the sea, Joe's had a boat in Haleiwa harbor, surfed, and dove on the north shore for over 35 years. Being a former private investigator and having worked in the aircraft salvage recovery business, avid artist and entrepreneur, Joe has been featured on "Lets Go Fishing", Japan television, The Travel Channel, BBC Outdoors, ESPN Outdoors, Canadian Wildlife Television, Wheel of Fortune, and many other famous TV programs worldwide. His artwork is also on display in galleries across Honolulu and Tahoe. 

Today, we utilize up to 3 boats each day to accommodate our tours. Our practice is to sell out our early tours first to take advantage of the calmer part of the day. We operate at the mercy of nature which may, at times, force us to cancel our tours to avoid possible injury to passengers and staff. To minimize clients from being inconvenienced, we try as much as possible to alert 
passengers as soon as the decision is made to cancel.

WEATHER
Because weather is unpredictable we seek reliable forecasts from reputable sources such as NOAA. Although they’re usually predicted a week ahead, we find that forecasts 3 days prior to an activity date seem to be more reliable. The weather is ever-changing so we don’t mean to be rude when we say we are unable to recommend a good day but the best advice we can give is the earliest tour your client can commit to since the weather conditions are most favorable in the earlier part of the day. In fact, when the weather forecast calls for zero winds over the next 2-3 days, those days are the best days to book. 

Sea-sickness prevention is recommended, we do not have it available on board.

WIND
Our #1 cause for cancellation. Typically, winds start light and pickup throughout the day. Most times the change is light enough which allows us to run tours as late as 4 pm with shark sightings on every tour. We find that when the 3 day forecast calls for zero winds, those days are the best to schedule tours. Otherwise, the earlier tours are usually the best.

RAIN
Tours operate rain or shine. Our vessels are equipped with vinyl flaps on its sides which we adjust into place to create a rain shield. There are areas in the boat where clients can leave their belongings to stay dry.

WATER TEMPERATURE
Hawaii’s average is 78 degrees (26 celsius) year round. Wet-suits are welcomed but not required. We do not provide wetsuits for rent or sell. As with any other body of water, you might feel cold when you first submerge yourself into the water and as you.

SURF
While exiting Haleiwa harbor guests watch up-close locals surfing at Alii beach, one of the best surf spots in the world. Haleiwa’s waterways and channels allow for safe boating which allows us to operate tours all day up to 4 pm even when surf predictions are 25-30 feet. We hardly cancel due to high surf.

BOX JELLYFISH
Each month after a full moon phase, Oahu’s shores are inundated with box jellyfish. Rarely are our tours affected. 

VISIBILITY
Being approximately 3 miles out to sea visibility is hardly a problem. In fact, visibility is usually clear up to 150 feet +. We often see whales pass by during whale season.
 
Transportation:
Transportation from your hotel or lodging to the activity check in.
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Rates
Name
Per
Duration
Age
Price
Cage ViewingAdult, Senior2 hours14+
$
96
Cage ViewingChild3-13
$
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Surface ViewingAdult, Senior14+
$
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Surface ViewingChild3-13
$
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98
Cage Viewing Military/Hawaii ResidentAdult14+
$
85
Add-ons:
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Transportation
$
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On-site Additional Rates:
You can purchase those extra options on site.

Name
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Video
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70
Schedule
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Check in
Drop off
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Daily7:30 AM9:00 AM12:00 PMWaikiki Hotels
Daily9:30 AM11:00 AM2:00 PM
Daily11:30 AM1:00 PM4:00 PM
Sa, Su5:30 AM7:00 AM10:00 AM
Frequently Asked Questions
Decided by the captain based on pax size and count. Although it varies, usually between 6-8.
Usually no. Sometimes the pax count is low enough for our captains to consider a second drop.
Yes, up to 7 months pregnant.
Mostly Galapagos, Sandbar, and Lemon sharks which can reach up to 13+ feet (4 meters). Occasionally Hammerhead, Tiger, and other sharks.
Humpback Whales (seasonal), barracuda, manta-rays, spinner dolphins, turtles, yellow fin tuna, ulua, to name a few.
Not completely. The top of the shark cage stands about 2 feet out from the water.
Yes, we encourage clients to bring their equipment as long as it doesn't interfere with others in the shark cage.
Not required. You're welcome to bring your own, we don’t rent.
Yes. Check in at the Shark Shack and we'll direct you to the parking.
Yes, most of our staff are parents themselves.
We recommend it and follow the directions on the box.
No. Please use the restroom before boarding. See our Shark Shack for directions to the restroom.
It depends on you. Some people are able to, some are not.
Depending on the situation and availability. Reschedule fee applies.
Yes, our staff is available to assist you.
Yes. Transit time from Waikiki is 2-3 hours each way. From the Ala Moana Shopping Center, catch bus #52.
No. There are handle bars inside of the shark cage on all four sides that they can safely hold-on to.
No. It's about a 3 mile ride out to sea.
It depends on the weather, but we try to go out as many times as possible!
Check In Location
66-105 Haleiwa Road, North Shore, Haleiwa, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States 96712
Payment & Cancellation
Payment Model: Full payment accepted.
Cancellation Policy: Standard Policy
  • Cancellations made 2 days before Check In Date will be fully refunded except for a service fee of 3%.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
Terms & Conditions
  • Rescheduling fees apply if you arrive late and miss the tour.
  • Tour may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other factors, in which case a full refund will be issued.
  • If you do not see sharks you will receive a full refund.
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This was awesome! To address the not so favorable review topics: I never felt pressured to buy the video, I didn't see any more favorable treatment for the people who got the video, it was offered and never mentioned again. That being said we had a great time! The Crew was funny which is exactly what you need before doing something for the first time. The cage is smaller than I imagined but doesn't ... morefeel small at all when your in it. We had great weather so no problem with boat ride. Good times all around, if you are a Shark Week junky-this is for you! 

Oh and snaps to the scheduler! We totally bungled the day/time. They called us to check on us and then let us reschedule. There was a fee but we were totally happy to still have a chance to go.
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I WANT TO COME BACK & DO THIS ALL OVER, AGAIN!!! My boyfriend & I came here on 10/9 and booked the earliest tour available at 7a.m. Check in was at 6:30am but we got there at 6am and were able to watch the sun rise before others started showing up.  A little before 6:30am we were greeted by one of the crew members - - i thiiink his name was Matt (awesome guy). He told us where to park our cars & instructed ... moreus to come back to the boat to check in. 

Once everyone was ready, we headed about 3 miles out into the ocean. The boat ride was nice & beautiful..not too rocky & very scenic. There were about 14 'divers' total, so they split us up in two groups. 

I was part of the first group to go in & the last one to actually get in the cage. I'll admit I was scared & nervous at first - but as soon as I got into the water and stuck my head in, I was able to see just how beautiful and graceful these creatures really are. We spent about 20 minutes in the cage - - i wish we were alloted more time- -and I was surprised by how much I didn't want to get out of the water! Prior to this amazing experience, I kept having second thoughts if I really wanted to do this... I'm so glad i did!

....We spent 6 days & 6 nights in Hawaii & are now back home now in the Bay Area. Friends & family keep asking how my Hawaii trip was & the first & only thing that really comes to mind is this awesome morning spent shark diving. Definitely one of the best experiences of my life. 

TRUST & BELIEVE ME when I say how much fun you'll have if you book this tour & adventure! It's really not scary at all....just, BREATHTAKING, really. 

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**Book the earliest time available 
**Be sure to take something for motion sickness.
The boat gets pretty rocky while you're waiting for the other divers to get out of the cage. I didn't think I needed it since I don't usually get motion sickness, but I sure wish I had it that morning. 
**Bring a GoPro camera if you have one; if not they can record/take photos for you which you pay for
** TIP the crew - - - they're great! Very down to earth & knowledgeable guys. They make you feel less scared, ensure your safety & make sure you have a great time.

I can't wait until my next Hawaii trip - - i'll definitely be swimming with the sharks here again! =)
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Really enjoyed this experience. Have always loved sharks, so I wasn't sure about being separated from them in a cage, but enjoyed the experience nontheless. The staff is knowledgable and informative, seem to enjoy their work. Boat is clean, in good condition, and well suited for the activity. Short boat ride out to their moorings. Overall an organized and efficient operation.... more
Somebody is feeding these guys, so they come right up to the cage to check you out. If you've never seen a shark before best to keep in mind this isn't normal behavior, they are generally very shy, but if you want to see them up close this is a great way to do it.
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I really didn't want to do this but my boyfriend convinced me, and I'm actually really glad I went. The guys who run this are super professional and knowledgeable and I felt really safe and had a good time. We spent 20 minutes in the shark cage and saw A LOT of sharks. Definitely worth the money.
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We had an amazing morning with North Shore Shark Adventures. We lucked out with perfect weather for our 9am tour. Smooth sailing and 100 feet of visibility in the water. Sharks were there and waiting for us when we pulled up to the shark cage. Absolutely amazing to be in the water with them up close. The 15 minutes in the cage went by way too fast. Would do this again in a heart beat. Our 12 year ... moreold and 8 year old have a memory to last a life time!
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Great time with these guys. The guide was pretty funny, that helps relax any nerves you may have heading out to the dive. I would def. recommend them to any one who's looking for a great experience.
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I was skeptical if we'd (my friend and I) see any sharks, and if so, how close they'd get, but there were so many! and they swam pretty darn close to the cage. I never felt a moment's hesitation in the water; just felt safe, secure and in awe. The sharks are truly amazing, and eerily beautiful: they're sleek, elegant even, and oddly serene (it was such a contrast to what one sees on Discovery Channel's ... more"Shark Week"). The price is more than worth the swim. My only complaint is that getting ahold of the photos is a bit challenging: they take photos/videos off a GoPro, which works off a simcard-thing (?) which my computer is not compatible with.
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I went here last summer in June 2013 as a graduation gift. Awesome experience. Saw a number of sharks swimming around our cage up close; and the DVD for purchase was perfect to remember that adventure.
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Amazing experience! we could actually see the sharks from the boat even before we got in to the cage.  First I was skeptic a little bit about the amount of the sharks we where going to see, but I was really amazed to see that there where quite a a lot! and not small ones. It was a special and unique experience with a lot of adrenalin. Highly recommended!
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We wanted to do something we wouldn't have the opportunity to do anywhere on vacation, so we picked this excursion and we're glad we did! We chose the 7 am tour, and I'm glad for that, because the water can be rough and earlier is supposed to be better. The crew was great...I thought they were funny, but I didn't hear others laughing as he was telling us that we'd swim the 10-15 feet from the boat ... moreto the cage and we shouldn't get attacked. Clearly a joke, but maybe everyone was tired from the early hour! 

We got out to the site, we were one of the first in the cage and the sharks were already swimming around. Galapagos and Sandbar sharks are most commonly seen, and it was amazing. I was just trying to get good pictures of the sharks, but the water was kind of rough, so we were bouncing all over at times. I even bumped my head on the cage once, but hey, that's part of the deal -- you can't control the ocean. We were in the cage for about 20-25 minutes and it was great, though the rough water made us a little queasy. Back on the boat, two more groups went, and with all the bouncing, my husband a couple others lost their breakfasts (that's after taking Dramamine!). 

The coolest thing that happened was that we saw what looked like dolphins jumping out of the water in the distance towards the end of the third group's time in the water. It turns out, they were actually false killer whales (part of the dolphin family, actually) and they are the predator in the water, so the sharks split. The boat crew said you could come out 1000 times and not see false killer whales. They swam alongside the boat for a bit and came out of the water, so there was a pod of them swimming together. Very cool! 

Everyone said they would be too scared to do this tour, but I tend to be a little skittish and I felt 100% safe, so if you want a cool experience, drive up to the North Shore early and take this tour, I don't think you would regret it. We bought the video ($70, a little pricey) but again, this was sort of a one-time thing for us, so we had to buy!

Thoroughly enjoyed (outside of the seasickness) and would recommend to anyone!
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Definitely an awesome experience. The crew was very knowledgeable and friendly. We were able to see sharks very close and the whole experience was great. Would recommend to anybody. Don't forget to take motion sickness medication before since some people were throwing up.
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AMAZING STAFF! Checked in with the lovely lady in the little shack. She was so sweet & friendly, she even made sure we were parked in a safe place.....I guess they like to Tow around there. The guys were a little busy & she didn't get a chance to let him know we checked in, he called me to make sure I was on my way & not lost. MAJOR POINTS for that.... more

I don't remember the guys' names but there was 3 very fun, friendly & professional guys who took really good care of us. 

We were lucky enough to see TONS of Dolphins on the way out & they were nice enough to stop the boat so we can watch them & take pix. 

If your'e on the fence about doing something like Swim with Sharks......JUST DO IT! It's so much fun, these guys do everything to make sure you are safe. It's simply amazing to see Sharks.,.....100 times better than seeing them at an Aquarium or something.

WE WILL FOR SURE BE BACK!!!!!!
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This was by far the best experience I've ever had on vacation. They were not kidding when they said that it was a guaranteed shark experience! there were TONS of them. It felt totally safe and I could concentrate on looking at the abundant sharks around us. A MUST do in Honolulu.
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Definitely take some graval or dramamine before you go. Have a very light breakfast about an hour or so before you go. Entrance check in is straight into the dock water where you see a silver boat. You're suppose to park all the way around to the right behind the waters near the other vehicles and you can use the the public restrooms before you head on the boat because there is no restrooms on board. ... moreWe used our disposable underwater camera. Saw 2 big sharks in the cage others saw more. We also got to see them up close in the boat before the cage drop off was and I saw about 5 or swimming around. Looks scary but it's not bad at all. They give you snorkel gear to wear and to take a better look just hold your breath and go down with your snorkel gear. Had my hands on the bar and you can stay in the middle with no bar. They also have additional video footage you can add as group or one for $70. Don't lay around the boat and act sick or talk about it bc it makes others feel uncomfortable lol. It's actually better when you stand up and not think about it. Bring water, mints (helps nausea), and drugs if you need it. Bucketlist done for the honeymooners! Now we want to see great whites. Also i thought I'm pretty sure I saw one medium size tiger (with 4 stripes)..will find out in my camera.
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I had a pretty good experience. Staff was very friendly and talked about the history of why they did not need to chum the waters to lure the sharks in . We were in the second group. After about 7-8 minutes the sharks went away. We popped our heads up, and the crew said it was more than likely that a tiger sharks or bigger pray were coming near, that was why the galapagous sharks and sandbar sharks ... morebooked it. So for the rest of the time we were hoping to see Jaws coming towards us, haha. The water was very rough and pretty tough to hold on to the cage and take pictures. I would recommend paying for the go-pro video ($70?). For when I saw the sharks it was enjoyable :) THEY DO NOT DO REFUNDS IF SOMEONE IS UNABLE TO GO, EVEN MILITARY REASONS. I think I paid around 90. About 2 hours long...
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If you're thinking about doing this and aren't sure about it, just do it! It's totally worth it! I was visiting my dad in Ewa Beach for a week and went to do the shark dive TWICE. It was that much fun! Granted, I'm obsessed with sharks but was an amazing experience. I bought the video the first time because it's really hard taking pics or video underwater unless you have your own gopro. I had a different ... morecrew each day I went and they were ALL such funny, personable and genuinely nice guys.

Definitely remember to take some motion sickness medicine. I'm not sure if I get sick on boats but I took some anyway since I wasn't taking any chances of having that ruin my time with the sharks. I did the early morning (7AM) dive on both days and the water was pretty nice and not too choppy (just big swells the second time due to the approaching hurricanes). I can't wait to go back to do it again. Thank you so much for such a memorable experience!
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Captain dave and reese were our guides and they were awesome! Since we had a small group, they let us go in the cage for longer. They let you use your own gopros or its $70 and they video you and give you the sim card after. The tour at 8:30am was amazinggg. We saw about 10 sharks!! Surreal experience!! Would definitely recommend!
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The shark cage was worth every penny! So happy that I decided to do it! Had 8+ sharks swimming around the entire time. Also we were in the water for awhile!!! Highly recommend. The crew (Mike and Tanya) were awesome!
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I've been on the North shore Shark Adventure excursion twice, in the past 8 years. And both times we've seen numerous Galapagos sharks circling the cage. This excursion is worth every penny my friends. I've seen people from ages 5 to 60 years old stepping in to the cage to view these magnificent animals. I suggest you take medication for sea sickness if you aren't used to a choppy boat ride. Other ... morethan that I highly recommend NS shark adventures.
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This is another must do while in Oahu not for the faint of heart . Be warned if you get motion sickness plan ahead and take something prior to boarding as the am waters can be choppy. The staff was friendly and accommodating . They even offered recommendations of places to eat and visit while on the island . They also offer a video of your experience for as additional charge . You will be only feet ... morefrom swarms of Galapagos sharks within a cage . Floating in open waters. Quite exhilarating .
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This was a great idea and we had so much fun!!! The guys on the boat are great and know what they are talking about. They do film your dive and they are not pushy if you went to buy it or not. You do go out about 3 miles out so the boat does rock a little so if you do get motion sickness but just take some medicine, before and you will be fine. Try to take the tour in the morning so the waves are ... morenot so bad. 

You are in water for about 20mins and trust me that is all the time you need to see the sharks. They come right up to the boot and you can see them as you are waiting. They take you 6 to 7 at a time and you have all the room you need to move around and get a good view. I will say that this made my trip!!!!
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**If you are prone to get motion sick easily, don't hesitate. Take medicine before stepping foot on the boat! You're 3 miles off shore so the waves are rocky. Don't let that ruin your tour!!** What an amazing experience! Our group of 4 took the tour at the 6am spot and we were so glad we did. Those are when the waves are the calmest, and most people still got seasick. We had the best tour guides - ... moreTanya, J, and Joe were super kind and fun people. They offer a video package of the experience. But if you have your own underwater camera or GoPro, definitely bring it! 

The sharks were so docile, and they were everywhere! Just curious creatures, like a reverse aquarium coming to check out who dropped in the cage today. It was a humbling and amazing experience, one I would recommend to anyone coming to visit the island, even those afraid of sharks. This might cure your fears!
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Literally the best experience ever! Took a group of 10 and we had a blast. The guys are the ship are hilarious and make you feel so comfortable. Ryan was the besssssst!  We pulled up pretty early for our 7 am ride and Ryan greeted us. We had a blast and I wish I could do it again and again. The sharks we saw were awesome and we got awesome footage from the guys and even hats! Such a good experience, ... moreI would recommend it to anyone! even non-shark lovers. 

P.S. People do get sick haha so take some medsssssss
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One of the best experiences of my life! I went last September and I was terrified of sharks. Not like most people but it had been putting a dapper on my trips to Hawaii so I thought I'd face my fears. The crew is funny and very comforting and down to earth. I spent the time out of the water talking to one of the crew members on board and he was really nice and informative. ... more

To be so close to these creatures is so humbling. It literally is worth every penny and then more because as soon as I got off the boat and back to shore, I wanted to get back in the water. I have been advocating for sharks ever since I got back and I can not wait to get back there next month to Kauai and September back to Oahu. 

I highly recommend bringing a gopro so you can capture this amazing experience on video and in pictures. 

Mahalo!
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Did the first outing early in the morning. The best time because we left as soon as everyone showed up and had more time in the water.  The sharks are everywhere! And I highly recommend taking a GoPro and Dramamine with you. No matter what, you'll feel sea sick.  My only problem was this girl threw up on the side of the boat where the cage was in and you can the see the chum in the water floating ... moretowards the cage. Of course, she was a tourist.
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You have to try this at least one time in your life! The time spent in the cage was not too much , and not too less. It was prefect! Came here with some friends and had an awesome time! The day we went , the sea was very calm and flat so getting boatsick was not an issue. I do hear however that it can get crazy so be careful what you eat and drink prior to coming here!
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SHARKS!
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It was really cool to see these sharks so close. I took my gopro and got some awesome footage. The cage is really safe, there are some large Plexiglas windows so I got a bunch of pictures where it looked like I was swimming with them HAHAHA! Thanks to the crew @ North Shore Shark Adventures, they are funny and professional!
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The crew members were very nice and like Alvin C said, who doesn't like a little humor when you're facing one of the oceans worst predators. eeeek!!! Fortunately, we went on the perfect day. The weather was perfect, the water was perfect. My cousin tagged along with me at the last minute and did the boat viewing only. She had a GREAT time. Right when we pulled up, there they were. You could see the ... moreGalapagos sharks right away. AMAZING!!! She was able take great pictures. She wants to go into the cage next time :o) 

Just thinking about it right now makes me anxious to do it again. This is an experience that everyone should try, whether it's a surface viewing or a cage viewing. One small thing that I recommend is to just wear flip flops because you have to take your shoes off before you enter the boat. I had on my vibrams thinking i could just wear them in the water, but, had to take them off. Those are not so easy to put on :o)

Other than that, there wasn't anything thing I would have changed. I can't wait to go back. Looking at the dates of the reviews, i'm noticing that april is when the water is more rough, so May would be the time to go.
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Shark tour was legit! The dudes driving the boat and in charge of the tour were chill laid back guys that were awesome. Who doesn't like good humor and good vibes when you're about to go eye to eye with sharks everywhere? We were fortunate to go on a day with cool perfect water conditions with no chop at all. Such a cool experience and if you have a GoPro, you should definitely bring one to capture ... morethe dive. If not, they film also and allow you to purchase. One of the more memorable experiences from my vacation. Mahalo!
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This was an amazing experience and so glad my boyfriend convinced me to do this.  After reading a bunch of reviews and mentally preparing myself for this activity, I took some motion sickness medicine to prevent any sea sickness. It does take about 45 minutes to drive out to the North Shore from Waikiki and we were nervous that we might miss our reservation because there was some traffic, but I called ... morethem ahead of time to give them a heads up. Luckily, got there with a couple minutes to spare - right when they were about to head out!

The water was pretty rocky when driving out into the ocean, but it wasn't that bad since we went earlier in the morning (also a tip I got from other reviews). Once you enter the cage, it's just so crazy! The water is such a deep blue and the sharks are huge! It was my first time using a snorkel mask so I kept swallowing the ocean water because I'd go too far down into the cage and forget to hold my breath. Trust me, this is the saltiest ocean water I've ever tasted. It's pretty much like eating salt by itself!

Besides that, it was such an amazing experience to see all these large Galapagos sharks around you. It's pretty surreal. Luckily, there was a fishing boat next to our boat and dropped some fish into the ocean and they went on a frenzy!

My boyfriend and I split the $70ish video with two other people from the tour. I say that's the best way to go, because I thought they took pictures too but it really is just a 20 minute video. Get's kind of boring to watch, but a nice souvenir! 

Definitely a must do if you get the chance!
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This shark tour was amazing! The crew was very knowledgeable and energetic. They are huge on safety, which I find to be a good plus. We saw well over a dozen sharks at one point! And if you look closely, you may even see a very small jelly fish. The water was super choppy, so if you get seasick easy, beware!... more

I would definitely recommend this and would love to go again next time I visit.
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Went for the shark cage dive to conquer some "Jaws" related fears and it was brilliant. The guys running it were funny and cool,t'was a small group and there were about twenty sharks circling the cage and having a peek inside to see you. There's very few places in the world you could do something like this and it's well worth it. Got great help from the hostel tours hawaii crew with setting it up ... moreand directions too.
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Mahalo, Mahalo, Mahalo to our crew at North Shore Shark Adventures! We went out on a pretty bumpy day, but that made it more fun (for me, at least!). The experience was phenomenal. Once you enter the cage, you are surrounded by deep blue waters, and graceful sharks swim past you from every angle. ... more

I agree with the other reviewers - make sure to empty your bladder (the crew tells you that) and don't eat or drink a lot since there are no facilities on board. Take a motion sickness pill if you are prone to seasickness so you can maximize your experience.

Jay, our deckhand, was extremely knowledgeable, and super funny. We felt in very capable hands the entire time we were out there, and were so thankful for the experience.

One more tidbit - next time I will wear a shorty wetsuit - I got a little chilly after a while out there, but that's just me.
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Its so cool to take a boat ride and then see all these sharks swimming around. The guys on the boat are really cool and they make you feel safe. Thanks so much for setting this up for me!
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Best Shark Cage Experience!
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We simply had this tour 2 weeks back and it was so awesome and one of the best experiences we have finished in life, on account of North Shore gentlemen. They were extremely friendly/funny and accommodating. We were 19 individuals on the pontoon, which i think they overbooked by slip-up or something..they typically put 8 individuals in a cell, 16 for every trip..but in place of putting 9/10 individuals ... morein enclosure for our situation, they put 6 each for 3 rounds...which i think was an extraordinary call. I truly would prescribe these fellows..!
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Once in a lifetime.....
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Got up early to do this trip, I really didn't want to think about it too much cause I didn't want to psyche myself out. We took a 3 mile boat ride out & when we stopped I decided to go in the cage first. I walked down the stairs into the cage & immediately surrounded by sharks. It wasn't scary at all! What is cool is that I saw a shark with a hook on the side of its mouth (probably stole some bait). ... moreThe cage is floating, so really the only scary part is when you lift your head out of the water and see the fins..... I was just playing the Jaws music in my head!
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The guide was really informative & made me feel safe. Thanks!
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What a perfect time to take a 3-mile boat ride out to get into a cage & see some hungry sharks! So I went with 2 of my girlfriends, had a wonderful time, learned a lot about Galapagos sharks. Perhaps one of the best things about submerging in water is the various sensations felt at once: weightlessness, the pressure on your ears, the sound of your breath going in and out of the snorkel & now, the ... moresite of sharks swimming around a cage pushed it to another limit. One shark in particular had a couple of fish hooks attached to its mouth, surely pissing off many a fisherman. This shark should be in the cage, for thievery. No fear felt until I stuck my head out of the water and saw their fins slicing through the water (insert Jaws music here for a Pavlovian response).
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The whole experience is SICK from beginning to end. Literally I was puking over the ledge half the time, the other half i was soaking in the beauty of being in the middle of the sea.  I was a nervous wreck the whole ride out "AM I REALLY DOING THIS????" wtf have i gotten myself into!?? It was a lot less scary once you got in the cage & alot cooler than seeing it on natgeo.... ... more

We had a large party of 16 & got a pretty good discount because of it.

The staff is extremely knowledgeable & you can tell they love there job so make sure you tip them!!
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North Shore Shark Adventures also offers a whale watching tour which my wife and I went on last weekend. We had a fantastic time and I would recommend them to anyone! The staff was very friendly and shared lots of interesting information about whales.  Not long after we left the harbor, we sited a mother and baby whale which we watched for a while and then moved on to look for more whale action. Two ... morethirds of the way into our trip however, we had to go back into the harbor to drop off a whole family that was not feeling well due to motion sickness. As soon as they were safely on land, we went back out and spotted another whale which we watched it until it went for a dive and disappeared. While we waited for it to resurface, we swapped stories with the staff. (It was just us and the staff at this point.) All of a sudden this whale literally jumped out of the water a very short distance from the boat! it was the most amazing whale siting ever and of course we didn't have our camera ready but let me tell you it was an awesome site.

Toward the end of our trip, we stopped by the shark cage to see what that was about and it definitely looked like an excuse for another boat ride. Lots of sharks to be seen yet the setup looked very safe.

Only advice I would give to other guests is this: Do not drink a ton of coffee prior to your trip because there is no bathroom on board the boat and the bathrooms at the harbor are pretty skanky. No toilet paper and no soap but you will be okay if you don't touch anything.
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Yay!!! We got to be in the water with the sharks! Booo!! I forgot my underwater camera because I am an idiot! We booked this tour probably 6 weeks in advance, did have a discount and yes, it was a little expensive, but come on people!! If you do not try to do something like this while you are in Hawaii, well you do not deserve to be on vacation in Hawaii, and you should take your next vacation in ... moreWisconsin. (no offense, people of Wisconsin) 

Booking was no problem, and they did call us to confirm. Since we were driving ourselves I made sure we were going to the right place, I was pretty sure because we know others who have done this, but just wanted to be positive. The guys on the phone were nice and helpful. 

The night before the "adventure" we made sure not to drink (too much) and set the alarms for our bright and early drive to Haleiwa. On the way up, I was surprised that my cell rang and the guys were calling to make sure we were on the way. I told them we were in front of WRV and would be there in a minute or two. They assured me we were not late, but just wanted to make sure we were coming, because I think we were the last ones. This bodes well for the tour for two reasons, 1) they were on the ball about making sure we didn't miss out, and 2) Since we were some of the only ones who drove our own car, the Waikiki shuttles must do a good job of making sure everyone gets there on time. 

The boat ride was very nice, lots of cool info on Shark sightings and general North Shore factoids. There was some poor little chick who was vomiting over the side of the boat, and she had a shark tattoo. I felt bad for her, and in my mind I was thinking that she should get her tattoo changed into a bunny or some other land animal, because she was not handling the ocean well. The guys rolled with the barf situation nicely and assured us they see it all the time. 

Time to hit the water! I was so glad we were in the first group to go into the cage because my girlfriend was about to have a stroke, she was so excited! The process is very simple and you could definitely bring young kids to do this. So I did have a mild freakout when this crazy ass ribbon jellyfish thing started to swim through the bars of the cage. I am fine with sharks, but not so much with random jellyfish things. I had to stick my head up to ask if this thing was going to paralyze me or something...good news! it wasnt! Anyway, I was so excited to see the sharks, and my crazy ass girlfriend wanted to hug them because she was so excited! We brought our masks etc. but they have some you can use...

One other thing that was very nice and unique about this tour is that a lot of the boat excursions you take in Hawaii can take up your entire day, and it was very cool to be able to do this in the early morning and then have the rest of the day to get some brunch, go to Waimea, rent paddleboards, and have an entire full day of fun AFTER we swam with the sharks! Cant beat that!
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This was by far the highlight of our trip to Hawaii. My boyfriend and I took the 7:00 am tour on a Thursday morning. The water was calm, the weather was brisk, and you can see magnificent scenic views of the island. OH YES--and the sharks were out! How it works: The crew takes you out on a boat 3 miles away from Haleiwa town. The sharks are familiar with the vibrations of the boat and the fisherman ... morethrowing overboard seafood they catch but don't want to keep. You are separated in groups of 4 or 5 people. Each group gets 15-20 minutes in a cage in the water. You enter the cage with snorkel gear and you can see all the sharks swimming around the boat. They get VERY close.

As soon as you arrive, the sharks come out one after another. On this trip, we saw about 15 sharks. PRETTY AWESOME AND INTENSE!

***We purchased the video taping of our experience for $75. It was well worth the experience/bragging rights. Every time we tell the story, we just bust out the video and everyone is blown away***
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I'd like to start out this review with a quote from jaws: "The past always seems better when you look back on it than it did at the time. And the present never looks as good as it will in the future." It's crazy because in the moment it was an amazing experience. The captain and his first mate were fantastic, humorous, knowledgable and attentive. My partner and I got the opportunity to go last which ... moremeant LOTS of build up to the final moment. During the wait I took an array of photos and videos of the sharks (there were quite a bit of them) until the time came for us to go out in the water.

Oh... My.. Gosh... Everything felt like it was happening so fast once we were getting set up to go in the water, my nerves began going crazy with excitement and next thing you know we were in the water with about 8 sharks (a lot more came) swimming around us. I took in the sights for about 30 seconds and then said "BYE FELICIA" to the world out of water world and dived under to the bottom of the cage and hung out with the sharks. I stayed at the bottom of the cage for the majority of the 20-25 minutes we were out in the ocean, only coming up for air and to check on my partner.

The sharks were so beautiful, and they came so close to us. The bottom of the cage and the sides of the bottom are open wide enough where you can stick your hands and feet though to touch them, BUT you shouldn't. I used the bottom to hold me down and got very close to take photos and watch them swim slowly right past my face. These creatures blew my mind when I was down there, I felt so peaceful and at home with them, I literally did not want to come up!

Alas, all good things must come to an end, and we had to get back on the boat. The ride there and back was absolutely gorgeous, and the captain gave us free shark attack stickers!

To reflect upon the jaws quote now that the experience has past, again, wow... As I write this I literally get chills just thinking about how amazing of a life experience it was and how pleased I am that I got to do it with my life partner and a fantastic company!
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Awesome experience from beginning to end! We had the 8 am tour which is the perfect time to go I think unless your staying on the North Shore because traffic isn't too bad and I believe they say the earlier the better because the sharks feed nocturnally and are roaming around more in the AM. ... more

So obviously, it's a amazing to be within a few feet of sharks some of which were nearing 16 feet we were told. They truly are majestic creatures. It was amazing to see them so close and in the natural habitat. The crew, Mack, Tim and Ryan gave us a lot of information and really made the experience that much better. They all had a great sense of humor in their own right. For example, one of the people on our tour wore read shorts and I think it was Tim who said, "never seen shark week huh?" Joking of course, but really funny if you, like I had seen that show and know that red seems to be their favorite color to attack :) 
The guys gave instructions along with a few do's and dont's all of which were pretty much common sense. Be sure to check in on time because they will not wait! Most things in HI are pretty flexible, but they have a schedule and stick to it, which I'm a huge fan of. 

If you ever get sea sick or think you might...take Dramamine, wear C-bands and only have a light breakfast/only bagel. Not only because of getting sea sick, which I sometimes do and other times don't, but because when you're holding your breath to get every bit of shark time, it actually makes you feel sick. I realized this after the fact. I didn't actually get sick but started to feel a little funky...oh yeah and everyone is vomitting around you, so if that bothers you, be sure to stay up wind or away. Luckily it doesn't bother me. Another little trick is head to one of the Asian markets like Marukai and get a bag or two or ginger candy. It will help calm your stomach. I bought two bags and we were passing it out like crazy because a lot of people felt ill. 

If you like luaus like I do, one of the sites has a package of both sharks tour and luau for a really good deal. I've been to Hawaii a bunch and I like the paradise cove luau. A lot of people may think its cheesy, but I really enjoy the cultural aspects and the amazing fire dancing of this particular luau.
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