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Sharks Cove

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59-711 Kamehameha Hwy, between Waimea Bay and the Banzai Pipeline, Pupukea, Oahu, HI 96712-9404
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All reviewswater shoeshanauma baytide poolsnorth shoresharp rocksgreat place to snorkeldeeper areapupukea beach parkthree tableslava rocksea lifean aquariumhigh surfsnorkel gearlow tidecolorful fishschools of fish
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Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

Have been snorkeling three days in Sharks Cove in the past week. Great location to see larger schools of fish and interesting topology along the bottom. This afternoon a rather large Black Tip Reef Shark swam close to my wife and I. Definitely got the...More

Thank Scott N
Reviewed July 23, 2018

The best thing about this beautiful spot is the abundant sea life; the worst is the mindless moronic tourists that leave their brains at home. It is very hard to find a park after about 10am so I suggest getting there early if you want...More

Thank TravelWithJen
Reviewed July 23, 2018

We stopped for a quick snorkel. We did see several fish and tons of urchins tucked into the rocks. I saw so many people going out to swim without shoes on - these rocks are so sharp and all different depths - you go from...More

Thank travelerfromaledo
Reviewed July 22, 2018

We saw hundreds of different fish and healthy coral. Lots of websites recommend Hanauma Bay as the "must-go" snorkeling site in Oahu. We did go to Hanauma and were a bit disappointed--very crowded, a lot of bleached coral and some pretty aquatic wildlife but not...More

1  Thank Kim C
Reviewed July 21, 2018

We were staying at Turtle Bay and Shark Cove was 10 minutes away from us. We were so lucky to enjoy this incredible place almost every day! We saw so many fish, different colors, the water is so clear. Just go and enjoy the beautiful...More

1  Thank Marie062
Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

As others have said the snorkeling here is really good for those with limited experience. Our teenagers loved the place and so did parents! Yes you need to be agile to get down the sharp rocks but it’s only a minute or two scrambling. So...More

1  Thank Sweetchild36
Reviewed July 18, 2018

Really terrific! We loved this snorkeling spot. Our guide from "Oahu Private Tours" brought us here. Great choice! We saw so many beautiful fish. Oh, and no sharks. It's just the name.

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Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

I’m 30 years old and I felt like a little kid snorkeling here! It was so god damn fun! Suggest you leave early to get parking I believe we were there around 9am or earlier and parking wasn’t terrible. Get your feet wet and once...More

3  Thank Jeffery S
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

Parking is an issue (like most beaches on Oahu) so come early. There is no real beach area or at least it’s very limited but there is both a sheltered shallow lagoon (great for children) as well as a deeper section (also sheep tweed from...More

Thank Hanky53
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

This place is exactly what everyone says that rates it 4-5 Stars!! Absolutely gorgeous, and great food across the street!! Fish tacos are the BEST!! We came for my husband and son to dive, so my daughter and I wanted to snorkel, but no gear....More

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Alexandra C
September 19, 2018|
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Response from Anthony P | Reviewed this property |
you'll likely need to look up the tide chart online to see when low tide is.
February 12, 2017|
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Response from buckw65 | Reviewed this property |
Mask, snorkel and some water shoes(hard sole). Some kind of gloves for hand protection is not a bad idea either.
December 27, 2015|
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Response from John C | Reviewed this property |
I know this late for your questions but I think they are really good ones so of course I think they should be addressed. As far as wave and water conditions they are calm though there are swells in November. There are... More