Hawaii Shark Encounters
Join the friendly crew of Hawaii Shark Encounters for a shark cage diving tour off Oahu's beautiful North Shore. You'll board the Kainani shark boat, which will take you about 3 miles offshore. Here, the shark cage will be placed into the water and the first "victims" can prepare themselves to climb into the cage when the first shark arrives. Not to worry though, the shark cage floats on the surface and is very sturdy. No experience is necessary to participate in this once-of-a-lifetime adventure!
The water is around 400 feet deep here and crystal clear. Once in the cage, you can peek through the plexiglass windows and see a variety of shark species up close. Galapagos and sandbar sharks are the most commonly seen shark species. They are very curious and usually come very close to the cage. You may see as many as 30 at a time. A hot shower, and refreshments are included in this adventure.
- Three mile boat ride to the shark ground off Oahu's North Shore
- See sharks up close from within the safety of a shark cage
- Plenty of great underwater photo opportunities
- Snorkel and mask are provided (but guests may also bring their own)
Meet Wild Sharks
Floating Shark Cage
Sharks Up Close
Shark Near Cage
In the Cage
Swimming with Sharks
Oahu Shark Encounter
- Where and When:
- Tour times:
7:00 am - 9:00 am
9:00 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (summer only)
Check in 30 minutes prior to your tour time at Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor, Oahu North Shore. Address: 66-105 Haleiwa Rd., Haleiwa, HI 96712
From the Kailua side, take H-3 to H-1.
Take the H1 freeway west from Honolulu to theH2 freeway north. Stay on H2 until freeway ends (8 miles) and becomes Route 99. After freeway ends, go straight through 4 stoplights then turn right at the sign indicating "North Shore".
Follow the signs towards North Shore / Haleiwa, staying on Route 99. As you come down the hill with the ocean in view, you will reach a traffic signal where you will turn left to enter Haleiwa Town.
Go through "Historic" Haleiwa Town (1 mile) then turn left immediately after the 76 / 711 Gas Station on left side of road. (If you pass through a narrow bridge you missed your turn, turn around and take first right after bridge).
On your right is the Haleiwa Boat Harbor. Turn right at the sign into the harbor. Stay to the right and follow the road as it curves out to the big two story building in the middle of the harbor. Park next to our sign. The shark boat will be moored at the loading dock or on her way!
From Turtle Bay:
When you leave Turtle Bay Hotel, turn right (north) on 83 to the North Shore and Haleiwa town. It's about a half hour drive (can take longer if there is a surf contest going on on the North Shore!).
There will be a traffic signal and a sign pointing you into "Historic" Haleiwa Town. Turn right and follow the road over the white, narrow bridge. Immediately after, turn right again before the 76 gas station (right after Haleiwa Joe's Restaurant)
On your right will be the Haleiwa Boat Harbor. Turn right at the sign into the harbor. Stay to the right and follow the road as it curves around and out to the big two story building in the middle of the harbor. Park next to our sign. The shark boat will be moored at the loading dock or on her way
- The entry and exit into the cage requires you to be able to climb down a 5-step ladder.
You must be able to pull your own weight back up the ladder and into the boat.
- Special Notes:
- Roundtrip transportation from Waikiki is available as an add-on.
- Operation Days:
- Approx. 2 hours
- 32' Radon. This is an excellent vessel for holding the worlds largest cage on your Hawaii shark adventure.
- Operation Days: