Hawaii Shark Excursion
Open Water Cage Dive
More than just an adventure, this educational tour takes you into a world that few can ever experience. The open ocean world of sharks!
Located on the North Shore of Oahu, this tour takes you into the open ocean, over three miles offshore, where you can observe Galapagos and Sandbar sharks (Learn More) in their natural environment from the safety of a cage. A floating cage keeps humans and sharks safely separated from each other. No scuba experience is necessary as the guests can enter the cage from above and will stay on the surface using a mask and snorkel. Large Poly Glass windows let you peer into the open ocean and watch the sharks as they glide gracefully and effortless through the deep blue. Curiosity will bring them within inches of the window where your gaze will meet theirs. To be in the presence of such awe-inspiring animals will open your eyes and change the way you see sharks forever.
“A very important part of our shark adventure is education. You will be presented with fascinating facts about shark biology and behavior, about ocean life, conservation issues and about the significance of sharks in Hawaiian culture and mythology. Hawaiians are intimately connected to the ocean and see sharks as a revered part of their history and belief system. They are respected for their role in the natural balance of the island’s ecosystems. Each guest can also take part in the ongoing shark research projects and can become an ambassador for conservation, an experience that will last well past the day of the tour”.- Hawaii Shark Excursions
Video of The Adventure
Tour Times and Rates-
- Adults – $130 + taxes
- Child(4-12yrs) $85 + taxes
- 10% discount applied to the total cost if you do not need transportation
- Tour Length: 3 hours
- No children under 2 years old allowed on this tour
- Tax not include
The Tour Includes-
- pick up and drop off (10% discount if you do not need transportation)
Things to consider-
- bring an extra change of clothes
- the water will be cold
- don’t drink the night before (we have our own chum).
What kind of sharks will we see?
Galapagos sharks CARCHARINUS GALAPAGENSIS-
Reaching ten feet in length and weighing as much as 400 pounds, this shark is known as an aggressive and dangerous shark. We believe that this classification is a little exaggerated due to a behavior that is very bold and very curious. We see predominately males and they come very close, as in right-against-the-cage close. These sharks can be seen any time of year but during spring and early summer, they are very numerous. There isn’t much more exciting than being in a cage completely surrounded by these awesome animals.
Sandbar shark CARCHARINUS PLUMBEUS-
The sandbar shark is a common shark with an average size of 4-6 feet and a maximum size of almost 8 feet. These quick and agile sharks often swarm around the boat and cage. Our most consistent visitor, the sandbars can be bet upon to show up almost immediately after we do.
Tiger shark GALEOCERDO CUVIER-
A very rare encounter that happens just a couple times a year. When they do come, this notorious shark is amazingly camera shy. This photo and the other tiger photos on the gallery page were a very lucky combination of being in the right place at the right time!
Will the sharks attack the cage?
No, The sharks will come very close to the cage to investigate but they do not charge at the cage or try to bite the people inside. Human beings are not on the natural menu of these sharks. As is the case with most sharks.
Can I go outside of the cage?
No, You would probably be fine, but these are big sharks with lots of teeth so we don’t want to risk a guest getting bit.
Can the cage sink?
No, Floats surround the cage on all sides and they keep it level in the water. The top of the cage is actually 2 feet above the surface. The cage is also tied to the boat with several lines.
Is the cage closed at the top?
There is no lid on the cage. You are not locked in and you can come up and enjoy the view from the surface and communicate with the crew at any time.
Can the sharks jump in?
No, The sides of the cage extend 2 feet above the surface of the water. The sharks would have to jump three feet clear out of the water with a forward trajectory and aim they simply don’t have. They will occasionally lift their heads out of the water, but these sharks are not capable of leaving the water. Even if they wanted to (and they really don’t).
Is the water cold?
yes, it will be cold in the morning.