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Hawaii Shark Tours on Oahu

The last time I checked there were two companies offering shark tours in Hawaii, both of them based on north shore of Oahu in the Haliewa Small Boat Harbor.

Hawaii Shark Encounters (Kainani Shark Tours)
These shark tours out of Haliewa Harbor on Oahu's north shore are operated on Jimmy Hall's 32 foot "Hainani". The "Our Boat" page shows a picture of two different vessels carrying a shark cage, so they may offer tours on a second boat as well. Clients are taken about three miles off-shore where they are lowered into the water inside a large cage to view the sharks..

North Shore Shark Adventures (Kailolo Shark Tours)
These two hour shark-watching tours on a 32 foot boat are limited to a maximum of six people. About three or four miles offshore, a cage holding two to four people wearing masks and snorkels is lowered into the water, allowing clients to view sharks from a distance of 5 to 15 feet. Tour operator Joe Pavesek has two boats, the Kailolo I and the Kailolo I, and I believe at least one of them is 32 feet long. The following Web site URLs go to this same shark tour operator: SharkToursHawaii.com, HawaiiSharkAdventures.com,

Hawaii Kai Shark Tours (Snoopy V)
In April of 2009, "Snoopy V" boat owner Iolani Lewis was making plans to operate deep water shark viewing tours out of the Koko Marina in Hawaii Kai. The tours were expected to begin in the summer of 2009 but the tours were called off because of opposition by local residents.

The Hawaii Shark Tour Controversy
Shark tours are a controversial topic in Hawaii. Some organizations and individuals believe they are perfectly safe to both the participants and the local watersports community and others do not agree.

About Sharks in Hawaii
Learn about the different species of sharks in Hawaii, how to recognize them, which ones are dangerous, and how to behave and protect yourelf during an encounter with a shark.

See also:
- Aquariums on Oahu
- Sealife Shows on Oahu
- All Oahu Activities

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