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
WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT 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!
- 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.
- How much time do we spend in the shark cage? Approx. 20 minutes.
- How long do we spend on the boat? Approx. 1.5 hrs.
- How many people are placed into the shark cage? Decided by the captain based on pax size and count. Although it varies, usually between 6-8.
- How many shark cage drops does each trip make? Usually 2, sometimes 3.
- Can I go in the shark cage for more than 1 drop? Usually no. Sometimes the pax count is low enough for our captains to consider a second drop.
- Can I go into the shark cage if I'm pregnant? Yes, up to 7 months pregnant.
- What types of sharks of Hawaii do we see? Mostly Galapagos, Sandbar, and Lemon sharks which can reach up to 13+ feet (4 meters). Occasionally Hammerhead, Tiger, and other sharks.
- What else do we see out there? Humpback Whales (seasonal), barracuda, manta-rays, spinner dolphins, turtles, yellow fin tuna, ulua, to name a few.
- Can we swim outside the shark cage? No.
- Is the shark cage submerged underwater? Not completely. The top of the shark cage stands about 2 feet out from the water.
- Do you provide masks and snorkels? Yes. No fins.
- Can I bring my underwater video camera or gopro? Yes, we encourage clients to bring their equipment as long as it doesn't interfere with others in the shark cage.
- Do I need a wetsuit? Not required. You're welcome to bring your own, we don’t rent.
- Do you operate rain or shine? Yes.
- Is parking free? Yes. Check in at the Shark Shack and we'll direct you to the parking.
- Can I leave my infant with staff as I go into the shark cage? Yes, most of our staff are parents themselves.
- Do I need to take Dramamine or other sea-sickness prevention countermeasures? We recommend it and follow the directions on the box.
- Do you have a bathroom on board? No. Please use the restroom before boarding. See our Shark Shack for directions to the restroom.
- Shall I eat breakfast before the tour? It depends on you. Some people are able to, some are not.
- If we miss our tour, can we be pushed back to a later tour? Depending on the situation and availability. Reschedule fee applies.
- Can we be assisted into and out of the shark cage and boat? Yes, our staff is available to assist you.
- Do we provide transportation from the Ko Olina area? Yes. Call for availability.
- Can I catch the city bus to Haleiwa? Yes. Transit time from Waikiki is 2-3 hours each way. From the Ala Moana Shopping Center, catch bus #52.
- Do I need to know how to swim? No. There are handle bars inside of the shark cage on all four sides that they can safely hold-on to.
- Are the sharks by the shore? No. It's about a 3 mile ride out to sea.
- Where is the north shore in Hawaii? The north shore is on Oahu.
- How many shark tours do you do per day? It depends on the weather, but we try to go out as many times as possible!
- 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?
WHAT DO WE PROVIDE?
- 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.
FEMALE CLIENTS - Pregnancy / Menstrual
- Mask. Rx (prescription) masks limited, please note upon booking.
- 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.
- Pregnancy: Up to 7 months.
- Menstrual: Normally not a problem. Cool water keeps things in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each month after a full moon phase, Oahu’s shores are inundated with box jellyfish. Rarely are our tours affected.
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.