Want to Swim With Sharks on Oahu? Here’s How

If you’re looking for adventure on your trip to Hawaii, head to the North Shore and swim with sharks on Oahu. Jump in the water without a cage and get an up-close look at sharks.

Out of all the hikes, beautiful beaches, and world-class adventures, swimming with sharks in Hawaii is an ultimate bucket list experience.

Swim with Sharks on Oahu – What to expect

From Waikiki, it’s about an hour’s drive to the North Shore. We arrived at the Haleiwa Boat Harbor and got a summary of what to expect on the trip. When we got to our destination just a few miles off Haleiwa, we were greeted by 36 Galapagos sharks circling the boat.  It was so breathtaking and felt a bit surreal.

I went with my cousin Daniela from Ecuador, who had only used a mask and fins once before earlier that week. We met the One Ocean Diving crew at the Haleiwa Boat Harbor on the North Shore of Oahu.  During the 15-minute boat ride, we learned a lot about sharks, specifically the sharks that live in Hawaii. Our guide also explained the shark’s behaviors and talked about conservation efforts.

Our guide explained how to swim around the sharks safely. And what the experience would be like when we entered the water without a cage. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on Oahu.


Swim with sharks on Oahu Hawaii North Shore

Swim with Sharks – Cost

The whole trip was about 2 hours and cost $150 per person.  Kamaaina rates are also available.

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Oahu Travel Guide – North Shore

An hour’s drive from Waikiki, the North Shore is one of my favorite places in the world. I love it here! Start your day with a stop in Haleiwa and grab breakfast or lunch in this historic town before you head out on your adventure. During the summer months, the Country is flat and perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. In winter, the waves get big. In some places up to 25- 40 feet. There are several surfing competitions during the winter months (November- December), so beaches can get busy, and you can expect even more traffic.

Where to stay

Turtle Bay – Located in Kahuku on the North Shore.

The LayLow, Autograph Collection – A mid-century modern boutique hotel with city and ocean views.

The Modern Honolulu – One of my favorite hangouts! Stop by for a drink at the pool and stay for a night out at the Lobby Bar.  

Prince Waikiki Featuring a rooftop pool with the most amazing view and a full-service spa.

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