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Sharks Cove

Pupukea, HI 96712, Oahu, HI
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Ranked #61 of 322 attractions in Oahu
Type: Beaches
Traveler Description: Shark's Cove is known for great snorkeling. Compared to Hanauma Bay, it has smaller crowds of people and no admission fee. Shark's Cove has the most... more »
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Clovis, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

Snorkeled in Shark Cove for about 40 min. and had a good time, the scenery was really beautiful and I saw some lovely fish and two large eel like fish I was unfamiliar with. You can rent snorkel and water shoes at the shack across the road for $15, he doesn't let you go without water booties because the reef/rocks... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We visited the North Shore in July 2013 and heard that Sharks Cove was a great place to snorkel, and it quickly became my favorite. Shoes are a must as the rocks are very sharp, but it's all worth it when you hop in the water. I was amazed at how deep the floor was, but the clarity was awesome.... More

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Enumclaw, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Did not have a chance to snorkel here, but, boy o boy! It was a great place to sit and watch the waves. We came when the surf was up, the waves were 20 to 30 feet and it was magnificent! I could have sat all day and watched Mother Nature at her finest!

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upstate ny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Sharks cove is my favorite snorkeling spot on Oahu. Even though the waves and rocks make this spot a little tricky if you plan it by watching the tides it can be amazing. The clarity of the water and amount of fish is phenomenal. It is only a tiny fraction the size of Hanaumua Bay so the fish are concentrated.... More

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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

This is an awesome place then ocean is calm. Sandals or reef walking shoes are highly recommended for exploring the cove. Restroom often runs out of toilet paper. Bring your own. Limited parking. Foodland grocery is across the street. Check the surf report before going here. During the winter season there are usually large waves, making this place dangerous. I... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We rented a car and drove to the north shore from Waikiki (highly recommended). The only downside is that traffic can get a bit busy at times (we also went during Christmas holidays so it was busy). As was the case when we were looking for Sharks Cove as there were many cars on the 2 way highway. This place... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Sharks Cove has natural protections both from the ocean and from people, which combine to give you a great snorkeling experience. Being on the North Shore scares off a lot of Waikiki tourists and the rocky shoreline can make it a little difficult getting in and out of the cove. Reef shoes can be a huge help, but I've picked... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Well, let's start off with my ability as a snorkeller..... Second time ever. We had bought some gear at sea and surf in haleiwa on the north shore. Driving past sharks cove, I had a tough time believing there could be much in there. I was also told that although incredible we had to be conscious about the toed and... More

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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Were local. This is my fave spot on the island. Great for anyone, who doesn't swim, (not deep areas) , you can see fishes waist deep. Viewing the ocean left side a bit more rocky but not very deep. Right side at lease 2 to 3 stories deep beautiful blue waters clear and cool, sand beach very limited you can... More

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Jackson, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

Summary of my experience here.  Descent snorkeling. Lots of people around in the water see you can feel safe snorkeling far from the shore.  Beach is Rocky and Crowded. Not much shade.  Saw octopus.  

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