Stop humming that famous Jaws song before you consider swimming with sharks in the waters off the coast and gorgeous beaches of Oahu's North Shore. You've got options for this activity. Guests as young as four years old can watch the sharks from the boat, or the more adventurous types can hop into a cage and swim inches from where sharks loom in the deep blue. Swimming with sharks may be something you normally think to avoid, but diving head first into shark time is hands down one of the most exciting things to do while visiting Honolulu.
A cage in the middle of the ocean — Photo courtesy of North Shore Shark Adventures
There are two outfitters based out of Haleiwa harbor for shark dives. Both North Shore Shark Adventures and Hawaii Shark Encounters take fully equipped, top of the line boats from the harbor out to sea past the three mile line where they can legally feed sharks. They head out past the famous surf break near the harbor called Ali`i, where long, perfect right-hand breaking waves are sought after by locals and some of the world's best surfers.
Come swim with this guy — Photo courtesy of North Shore Shark Adventures
Groups gather earlier in the morning and board the boat, passing local fisherman and surfers as they venture out to sea. On the boat you can hang in the sun or get right in the water. Either way, you'll look some sharks right in the eye.