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Sharks Cove

Pupukea, Oahu, HI HI 96712
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Ranked #43 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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San Francisco Peninsula
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We stopped by here on a trip to the North Shore. Parking was a little tight but we were able to nab one of the last few spaces. The cove is a nice protected swimming area. No large sandy beach though so you have to be careful walking around the rocks to get into the water. Unfortunetly we arrived soon... More

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Calgary, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Disappointing snorkelling because access in/out of the water is hard, climbing over lots of rocks laden with urchins. I would not take my kids in because of the risk of painful urchin encounters on feet if you are walking or hands if you opt to swim into the deeper water. The fish were few and not very colorful. Also disappointing... More

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Houston, Texas
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The good point of Sharks cove is that this was the spot with the best visibility of the island. Other than that I didn't find anything impressive. It worths the stop but if you have already done snorkeling or scuba diving you'll understand what I'm saying. The day i was there the spot was really crowded. As anything on this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

My friends went scuba diving, but this was my time to explore and take some amazing pictures. This area is awesome and it should not be something you rush through. I could have spent all day here because the views were awesome and the water so welcoming. I do wish the bathrooms were cleaner, but other than that this was... More

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Los Angeles
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The beach is ok, a little stony and no "sea" shore. Rocks edge the water and ring out into the ocean cause a large pool full of wildlife. Great for snorkelling. And it's quiet and free.

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San Marcos, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is my third trip to Oahu in the last year and my first visit to Sharks Cove....I regret not going sooner! The water was very clear on my first visit and you could see so many colorful fish. Some were huge!! I even swam with a turtle. I went the following day and the water was murky. You could... More

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Webster, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My wife was a "second time" snorkeler, so we went to the tide pools just north along the shore of Sharks Cove. It was perfect! The larger tide pool (northern tide pool) is shallower, and the smaller one (southern pool) is slightly deeper but about 8 feet at the max. There were no waves, and still lots of fauna and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I am almost reluctant to tell about this place. Best snorkeling on the island when its calm. Get there early for parking. Grocery store across from it sells snorkel equipment cheap. Not much of a beach.

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Toronto, Ontario
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63 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We visited Sharks Cove on 2 occasions during our week long stay on Oahu to snorkel. The first occasions we arrived early in the day. It was hot, crowded and the tide was fairly low. However we saw an amazing variety and sizes of fish, sea urchins and even a baby octopus! On the second visit later in the week... More

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Oceanside, California
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Maybe it was because of the recent storm or maybe because if low tide, not a very good snorkel location. Water was murky in the shallower areas and rough in the deep areas. I did not see much. It is Hawaii so of course the view and the beach are wonderful. If you do go to this spot wear fins... More

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