Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hawaii Shark Encounters

A must do and see on your Hawaiian vacation is Hawaii Shark Encounters located on the North Shore of Oahu at Haleiwa Harbor. This excursion leaves the Harbor every morning 6:30AM, 8:30AM, 10:30AM and 12:30PM and heads out 3 miles to sea. The tour is 1.5 hours with about 15 to 20 minutes of time in the cage. The cost is Adults $105, Children under twelve $75 and they offer Kama’aina and Military rates of $90 Adults, $70 Children.

They anchor a large cage in about 600ft deep ocean, the cage holds 6 adults very comfortably, this steel cage is penalty big enough and open on the top, you will feel secure as you fearlessly look at these massive beautiful creatures up close. The cage sits on the surface so all you need is a snorkel to enjoy this adventure.

Galapagos sharks up to 10ft and 400lbs and Sandbar sharks 4 – 6ft are the most common sharks seen. These species are rarely implicated in attacks on humans.

This tour and ones similar have come under much scrutiny by local residence and Politian’s. There is concern that attracting sharks will lead them closer to shore and endanger swimmers, surfer and water goers close to shore. Studies have been completed however showing this is not happening.

You can find more information about the study and the tour at http://www.hawaiisharkencounters.com/

This is an amazing tour and adventure, don’t miss it!
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