Shark Diving in Maui and Oahu
Cage Not Included
hope they're not hungry!"
divers will never be surprised by the sudden appearance
of a shark at the Maui Ocean Center. That's because they
know, before submerging themselves in the 750,000-gallon
tank filled with thousands of tropical reef fish and twenty stingrays,
that as many as twenty of these underwater predators await
them. The whole idea of Shark Dive Maui is to get up close
and personal with up to six different species of sharks, including
hammerheads and reef sharks.
thought I knew what to expect when my turn came to swim
with the sharks, but I had no idea that I was about to take
the dive of a lifetime," remembers Catherine Berg,
a naturalist at the Center. "I was instantly overwhelmed
by the abundance of marine life. The largest and most dominating,
of course, was the strikingly beautiful tiger shark. At
nearly nine feet in length, she commands respect and awes divers
as she swims slowly around, as though she is overseeing
the 2,000 animals below." If you're a certified diver
who finds that description enticing instead of terrifying,
than you don't want to miss a chance to dive with shark
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, one dive each day at 8:15
a.m., by reservation only. (Each scheduled dive takes a
maximum of four SCUBA-certified divers, ages 15 and up.)
Maui Ocean Center, 192 Ma’alaea Rd., Wailuku, HI 96793
$199 (plus tax) per diver
Shark Cage Included
For those visiting the island of Oahu, there are two outfits offering adventurous shark tours on the island's North Shore that utilize steel cages in the shark's natural habitat. These unique, two-hour excursions begin with a three-mile boat ride, which offers glimpses of turtles, dolphins and humpback whales depending on the time of year. Although not all participants end up getting into the floating cage, it is said to be the experience of a lifetime. Bottom feeding Galapagos sharks are the most common, but on occasion, tiger sharks are encountered — once even a great white. The sharks vary in length from five to fifteen feet, yet at any size, it is an up close and personal interaction.
Information: North Shore Shark Adventures 808-228-5900, www.sharktourshawaii.com or Hawaii Shark Encounters 808-351-9373, www.hawaiisharkencounters.com
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by Don Early