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Sharks Cove

Pupukea, Oahu, HI HI 96712
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Ranked #42 of 317 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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Morrilton, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We got there early (about 10 am) and had pretty close parking. Water shoes are a must, as it's very rocky to get into the water, and even in the water, rocks are sharp. Bring your snorkel gear (we bought ours at Foodland) and have fun! Anywhere from ankle deep on up, you can find all sorts of fish, crabs,... More

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S.E. PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Great snorkeling. Gets very crowded after 10AM as the tour buses and mass of tourists arrive. Sharp coral but one of the best areas to snorkel. Free. We bought gear and towels at the FoodLand across the street. Mask and snorkel for $10.49 towel $12. Safeguard your valuables. Don't bring expensive cameras & stuff then put them in your car... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Rivaled Hanaumana Bay but on the north side and free. Really enjoyed it. Stop off at a Wallmart or Costco to buy your snorkel gear and you'll save money and get better quality.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Sharks cove is our favorite snorkeling spot on Oahu! We always see lots of beautiful fish, eels, and sometimes turtles. It does get pretty crowded so make sure to get there early! Also wear good water shoes the climb down can be tough without them!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

Advice from a local. Don't waste your time at Hanauma Bay. Sharks cove is the very best and pristine because it's too deep to stand on the coral. Great for SCUBA too. Limited parking and traffic from town starting around 0930 on the 2 lane road. Sharp jagged rocks so bring slippers or water shoes. Also, no lifeguard. Start early.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

What an amazing experience! As soon as I started snorkeling I saw fish with all kinds of colors. I felt like I was in a huge fish bowl. This is a place to spend at least 2 hours snorkeling. Unfortunately, there is not a beach area where you can hang out and tan, if that's what you like to do.... More

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Narberth, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

This place was recommended to me by a friend, he said it was better than Hanauma Bay. I haven't been there, so I can't justify that, but it was super easy to rent gear (right across the road) and get in the water. You can choose how far you want to go out, beginners stay near the beach, about 5-10... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Okay, firs the bad: There's not much of a beach of parking. It gets crowded quick, especially with the scuba classes/tours. Get there early. It's rocky. Wear beach shoes. It gets hot...no cover. The AWESOME: I saw two turtles and tons of fish. The water is calm, clear and deep enough to be a snorkelers dream. It is def one... More

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Culpeper, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Made several dives at Sharks Cove in June. Tide was good, little current, water temp nice. Decent amount of coral and fish but what made this dive was the caves. Many swim thru caves located towards the right side of the entry point. You can see daylight going into these caves or lava tubes so no real need for lights.... More

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Indy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Water is very clear. Great snorkeling. Saw lots of fish and turtles. Rocky entry and slightly difficult to get down to it so keep that in mind.

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