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5:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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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!
  • Professional snorkel gear, secure shark cage
  • Galapagos shark, gray reef shark, sandbar shark, & hammerhead shark sightings possible!
Inclusions:
Snorkeling Mask
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.
Optional
Rates
Name
Per
Duration
Age
Price
Comment
Cage ViewingAdult, Senior2 hours14+
$
85
Special October Discount!
Cage ViewingChild3-13
$
57
30
Surface ViewingAdult, Senior14+
$
57
30
Surface ViewingChild3-13
$
42
98
Cage Viewing Military/Hawaii ResidentAdult14+
$
85
Add-ons:
Name
Price
Transportation
$
55
Schedule
Days
Pick up
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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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 us 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. 

TIPS:
**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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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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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.

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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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 crew 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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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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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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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 and directions too.
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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). The 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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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 in 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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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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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 site 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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