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Our Shark Vessel "Kainani" departs Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor on Oahu's North Shore daily. We motor out to International waters, 3 miles off shore to the shark grounds. For the next hour and a half we share the excitement and our knowledge of the sharks of the famous North Shore.

Upon arrival to the shark grounds the first guests get in the cage. The water here is over 600 feet deep and crystal clear. The view is incredible. Just getting in is a bit of a thrill. Once in the cage, the big Poly Glass windows are nearly transparent, so when that 10 foot long Galapagos shark presses his nose against the glass, it looks like he is coming right on in. Not to worry though, he’s not getting in. In fact, press your nose against the glass, and you will be just one quarter of an inch away from the business end of one big shark!

In addition to the Galapagos sharks, Sandbar sharks are our other common visitors. Both of these sharks are very curious, completely unafraid and come very close to the shark cage. Sometimes we see as many as 30!

There is absolutely no diving experience required for this veritable shark diving fest.But just because everyone can do it, doesn’t mean the experienced diver will be bored. Far from it! From underwater pros to people who have never even been in the ocean, our adventure is for everyone!

Many of the major networks such as Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic have all featured your local tour operator in their programming. We have a proud reputation to help educate people worldwide about sharks.

Once the shark viewing has been completed, enjoy your boat ride back to Haleiwa. You may choose to self drive or will be taken home by transportation, based upon the tour option that you select at the time of checkout.
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North Shore
Hawaii Shark Encounters
Experience the thrill of meeting sharks face-to-face in the pristine waters of Oahu on this educational, 2-hour, cage-diving adventure. See Hawaii's majestic hunters — Galapagos and Sandbar sharks in their natural environment — surrounded by the deep blue of the Big Island’s popular North Shore. Observe from the safety of a floating cage. Stay on the surface, then using a mask and snorkel, look through large polyglass windows to watch the sharks as they gracefully glide by. No scuba experience is necessary. Hotel pickup and drop-off available.
  • Get up close with sharks from a cage
  • Explore the North Shore’s beautiful blue waters
  • Learn fascinating facts about shark biology and behavior
  • No previous scuba-diving experience is necessary
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Can you say Tiger Shark?! :)

Took the family out for a shark encounter, and we may have it the jackpot! Going out, we ran into a school of spinner dolphins, and then once we got to the cage, a 15' tiger shark showed up! Fantastic to see from both above...More

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Highlight of our trip!!

This is a great experience with fabulous tour guides. Very well run, and we saw sharks close up and personal! Did lots of activities while on island but this was the best. Will definitely book this tour again. They will even pick you up at...More

Thank scottmedclinic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Kids cannot stop talking about sharks

Today I took my 15-year-old and nine-year-old son on a shark cage adventure with Hawaii shark encounters. We were collected by Rex (from HSE) at the front of our hotel in Honolulu who drove us all the way to the other side of the island...More

Thank vincent p
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a great experience. The seas got a little rough and my Dramamine gave up on me. The guys working the boat were amazing with hosing me down while I added chunks to the sea. Seeing the sharks was worth giving up my breakfast...More

Thank Jessica W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Oahu shark cage diving

Loved it. Highlight of our trip. Don’t forget your GoPro (like we did!!) Went on early AM tour and glad we did (more calm waters). The scariest part of the experience was the cage rocketing up against the boat. Felt safe and enjoyed watching the...More

Thank Gail B
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Response from fredhorst23 | Reviewed this property |
My wife and I tipped $40 total for 2 captains. They did a great job and gave us an awesome experience.
9 May 2018|
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Response from sandywisinskylane | Reviewed this property |
Just under the surface; able to go to top of cage (all open on top) and get head and shoulders out of the water.
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