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Sharks Cove

Pupukea, Oahu, HI HI 96712
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Ranked #41 of 326 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 Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

It is popular, but doesn't feel crowded because there is lots of space. We were only there once but saw tons of fish, a turtle, and an eel swimming around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

A lot of fishes and corrals. Plus side is its free just bring your own snorkel gear (bought ours at Foodland for $10.00). Downside is very sharp corrals and sea urchins are everywhere so you have to watch where u step. Other than that beautiful place to snorkel.

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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wqFed8_mhg <<4K video of sharks cove. Check for wave height on north shore first very rocky getting in and out so anything above 2-3' or so gets tricky. Left side as you face the ocean is a large tide pool very shallow in spots good for munchkins and first time snorkelers who want to be able to stand up. Right... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Shark's cove is on the north side of the island, so the waves and currents are bigger here. That being said, it's a good place to SCUBA dive or snorkel. Just be mindful of the sharp rocks at the beach entry points. The lagoon to the west is perfect for younger swimmers who can't deal with waves or currents. It's... More

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Hood River, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We went to sharks cove a few times during our stay on Oahu. The first time we went around 1 pm. It was a great spot to see tons of fish and shells ! There were a large group of people since it's a popular spot but it was still enjoyable. The second time we went to sharks cove we... More

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Weehawken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

It is very good snorkel location. There are two areas - shallower and the deep. If you decide to go to this spot wear fins or aqua shoes, lots and lots of sharp rocks and very hot sand. My wife was a beginners snorkeler, so we went to the shallower pools of Sharks Cove. It was perfect! There were no... More

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San Francisco Peninsula
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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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