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Shark's Cove

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    This is a fantastic snorkeling spot on calm days. It is also just a great spot to stop and enjoy the scenery and activities on the north shore.

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    This spot is perfect for snorkeling, but please remember to bring water socks or prepare to get scratched or poked by the rocks and coral. If you're lucky, you might even spot a sea turtle, but for us, we just saw a lot of tropical fish and just enjoyed being there in that little cove. I'm not too sure how the cove got its name, but rest assured that you probably won't find sharks this close to the shore anyway.

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    Only good for summer snorkeling. Get there early and claim your place. It will get crowded. Sometimes tours stop here. But it is free and a nice place to take kids snorkeling

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    Snorkeling, sea turtles, and fewer crowds than Hanauma Beach, this rocky shore is a favorite of locals.

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    One of the best places to snorkel and see plenty of fishes and sea turtle is at Shark's Cove. It is way less crowded than Hanauma Bay. There isn't a big sandy beach but it's a nice park for casual gathering and picnic. You can grab a plate lunch from Shark's Cove Grill across the street and bring it to the beach to eat. Definitely worth the drive if you want a better snorkeling exursion.

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    A noted place for snorkeling on the north shore. It is rocky, and can be difficult to navigate at low tide, so it pays to do some research. Also a great place for a quick dip in the protected pool when the rest of the north shore is ripping.

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    NOTE: Gogobot doesn't allow you to pick the exact location, so I needed to put Haleiwa...it's actually located in PUPUKEA. One of my Favs for Snorkeling including a trip to Shark's Cove Grill for lunch, then we head to Three Tables next door for some extreme snorkeling to finish off the day. Ok, lets kick this review off...

    SHARKS COVE ( between the months of April-September only) Occasionally in October depending on the Surf conditions. Check here for conditions on the North Shore: http://www.surfnewsnetwo…, only go on days that wave faces are 0-3ft to be safe. Inside sharks cove is safe for children, outside the cove to the far right hand side is NOT as safe so parents stay very close by or hold hands with your children because of the slight tide, currents and deep water. Inside the cove water depth is at max 6 feet in the tide pools. Outside the cove to the far right is up to 20 feet and deeper the further you go out. Always know your limits as a visitor. Snorkeling in areas where there are no lifeguards takes some extra preparedness so be knowledgeable of the location before entering the water. I can only give you so much info. Always be prepared of strong currents and constant water temp changes from hot to cold. You can visually see the water temp change before you swim into them from the heat waves in the water. Major misconception about sharks cove is the name it was given. The name comes from the fact that an aerial view shows that the shape of the reef from above is the shape of a shark. Sharks Cove is one of the top places for snorkeling on Oahu. It Blows Hanauma Bay away but Hanauma Bay is all year and has lifeguards while Sharks Cove is seasonal and no lifeguards and is entirely build around a sharp lava reef. Sharks Cove is a MUCH HEALTHIER Reef system unlike the dying Hanauma bay. This means EVERYTHING and the kitchen sink lives here. Watch where you put your hands and feet...Everything is alive here and if you touch or step on someone's home that someone will ATTACK you! From Sea Urchins, Moray eels to Lion and Scorpion Fish there are hidden dangers you must be aware of. It's common sense not to be putting your hands in holes in the reef or dark places. The entering of an eels home will be quickly felt when you realize your finger was removed in an instant. What gear will you be bringing with you: Mask, Snorkel, Fins, (get in a package deal, U.S. DIVERS is the best and cheapest brand ) Reef shoes and Gloves and Reef/surf shirt. This gear will cost you about $100.00 for everything. You can get everything I mentioned above at any SPORTS AUTHORITY near you. DO NOT come here without these items. You will regret not listening to my advice if you do. I don't have the time to go into why all these things are needed but please trust me on this. Sharks Cove is a very safe place so DON'T let my words alarm you. Ignorance is what gets you hurt. If you know what to look for and you are physically prepared this is no less safe than driving there in your car. Best way to say this is, if you are in a car you wear your seatbelt in case of an accident. If you go snorkeling you wear a reef shirt in case your chest rubs against the coral Lava reef. If you are in a small bumper to bumper accident the seatbelt protected you and your fine, if not you may have hit the steering wheel. If you bump into the reef without a reef shirt on, which you will, when you get out you may not notice it but your chest will be scratched and most likely bleeding. You get my point. Aloha everyone and enjoy your day in this amazing underwater paradise! By the way if you guys get hungry while snorkeling Sharks Cove or 3 Tables head over to Sharks Cove Grill for KILLER GRINDZ on a Poor Mans Budget! It's right across from Sharks Cove. Be safe and aloha!

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  • Shark's Cove

    Located on the North Shore, this is one of Oahu's better know snorkeling areas. Definitely not a secret spot, you will be sharing your experience with lots of tourists and locals. But hey, tourists and locals are nice people to spend a day with! Lots of fish, turtles and caves to explore. And if you are lucky, you will be greeted by the monk seal that lives in one of the caves. And if you are unlucky, you will be eaten by a shark. Good luck intrepid adventurer!

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    Awesome snorkeling spot! I never went to Hanauma bay because I was on the North Shore, and just couldn't be bothered to get up early enough to try & beat the crowds. But Shark's Cove was plently for me! I didn't even go anywhere near prime hours (early morning) and the abundance of different fish was still amazing. No run ins with eels or day octopi, but still, not only stunning marine life, but really anazing coral and rock formations: all kinds of coves, tunnels, and crevices.

    Like Wayde's World said: the main snorkeling area is NOT kid friendly. Just getting in and out is treacherous because there is zero beach to speak of, you just gotta catefully manuever your way through very slippery rocks until you're deep enough to swim. Not to mention the high swells, and required manuevering around and over sharp coral.

    I personally don't wear more than a bathing suit and basic snorkel gear and despite a tiny scrape, I never experienced any coral injuries (and I tend to get over-adventurous with weaving around and finding hidden areas in the coral). But Wayde's suggestions are DEFINITELY the safe route, and despite being a beginning snorkeler, I'm 100% confident in my manuevering and strength in swimming. If you're a beginning AND not a VERY strong swimmer & opt to skip the safety measures, stay out of the areas like this, and stick to calmer waters.

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    Spectacular snorkel spot. Arrive early for a chance at a parking spot and a chance at open water.

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    Spectacular snorkel spot. Arrive early for a chance at a parking spot and a chance at open water.

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    Beautiful!

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    snorkel beach

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