Hawaii Shark Encounters
Depart Haleiwa Harbor on the "Kainani". You will arrive at the shark grounds after a 3 mile, 15 minute ride. Drawn to the surface by the sound of the Kainani’s engine, they almost never fail to pay you a visit.
The first "victims" get in the cage when the first shark arrives. Just getting in the water is a bit of a thrill. The water is around 400 feet deep and as blue and clear as the open ocean. Once in the cage, the big plexiglass 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. Do not worry, he’s not getting in. If you, 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!
Galapagos and Sandbar sharks are common visitors. Both of these sharks are very curious, completely unafraid and come very close to the cage. You may see as many as 30!
Hot shower, bathroom, and refreshments are included.
Meet Wild Sharks
Floating Shark Cage
Sharks Up Close
Shark Near Cage
- Where and When:
- Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor, Oahu North Shore. View Map
Take the H-1 West then H-2 North until the Wahiawa exit (#5). Drive through Wahiawa and continue North on Kamehameha Highway. Turn off at the Haleiwa exit and proceed to the Small Boat Harbor. You will find us to the left of the Harbor Master building.
Drive time from the Waikiki area is approximately 1.5 hours.
- The entry and exit into the cage requires you to be able to climb down a 5-step ladder, and you must be able to pull your own weight back up the ladder and into the boat.
- Special Notes:
- Bring sunscreen and a towel. Underwater cameras are available for purchase.
- Operation Days:
- Hawaii Shark Encounters
- 32' Radon. This is an excellent vessel for holding the world’s largest cage on your Hawaii shark adventure.