Snorkeling on Oahu
The best snorkeling locations on Oahu are the most popular. Sharks Cove on the North Shore and Hanauma Bay on the South Shore is the best place to snorkel on the island of Oahu. Both locations are located within a bay or cove, which blocks the full force of the tidal currents, and make the snorkeling experience safer. Snorkeling is dangerous, and snorkeling may result in death or serious injury. This statement is not meant to scare you, but to make you aware of the extreme risk while snorkeling. We will try to help you better identify risk and hazards before your next snorkeling adventure.
Identify Personal Limitation
Each person has limits to their physical ability, and identifying these limits will keep you safe. Are you able to swim,
Planning your Snorkel Adventure
Observing Ocean Conditions
Identify best place to enter water
Identify best place to exit the water
Explore the beautiful underwater world on the shores of Hawaii. Our snorkeling tours are conducted at Hanauma Bay on the East Side or Sharks Cove on the North Shore. Our guides are lifeguard and CPR certified to provide you with a safe and fun snorkeling experience. This is a great activity for families who would like to enjoy the clear warm waters of Oahu!
Recently, we were snorkeling around the bay when all of a sudden, an eel swam by us in only 4 feet of water. Chasing the eel were two Jacks, or Omilus in Hawaiian. The eel found refuge in one of the rocks and the Jacks continued to circle it the entire time. See for yourself. Check out the video below!
Explore the diverse marine life in one of the most famous and family friendly locations in Hawaii! While driving to this marine life conservation, we will teach you the history and the geology of Oahu and the bay. Once we reach Hanauma Bay, we will assist you with all of the gear. We are required to watch a 9 minute educational video upon entering the bay regarding safety and protection of the reef.
For the first hour, your guide will snorkel with the group. Once we return to shore, you will have the opportunity to continue snorkeling on your own or go on a beach walk with the instructor.
We will stay on the inside of the reef unless the weather conditions are in our favor with light currents and smaller waves.
We allow 5 individuals per instructor. Hanauma Bay snorkeling tours are conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. We do not operate Hanauma Bay tours on weekends, holidays, or Tuesdays.
Start time must be before 0800 to avoid crowds and limited parking.
Shark's Cove is named after the white-tipped reef sharks roaming this area. However, no need to fear! White-tipped reef sharks are not aggressive unless provoked. They are smaller in size and therefore less intimidating. This is a marine preserve, which makes it a wonderful place to snorkel as it is home to thousands of fish. The cove is located on the North Shore of Oahu next to the world famous Waimea Bay (location of the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Competition).
Marine life that can be spotted in this location includes Uhu, Ape, Roy Sea Bass, Flounders, Blue Strip Snappers, Toau, Turtles, Octopus, Squid, Aholehole, and others. There is a maze of caves at Sharks Cove. Let's explore the caves and see what creatures are hiding in the shadows!
Note: Large waves make the cove inaccessible during the winter months. The drive to this location takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half from Waikiki.
Guided Stand Up Paddle-boarding (SUP)
Learn how to stand up paddle board with our experienced guides. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, let us take you on an experience that you will not forget. We will pick you up from your hotel and head to the North Shore of Oahu where we will make few scenic stops on the way. We will show you Sunset, Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and other famous Oahu views, then we will start our stand up paddle lesson in Haleiwa. The lesson takes you a mile up a tranquil river and is protected from the waves and wind, making it an ideal spot for paddle boarding. You’ll see turtles and fish as we head up the waterway. After the lesson we can take you for lunch or shave ice in historic Haleiwa Town.
Things to Bring
Please bring credit card and ID for equipment rental, extra clothes, towel, shorts, bathing suite, sunscreen and other items you may need.
SUP rental cost will be the responsibility of the client. The cost of rental starts at $35 per hour per board. Typically, we will only require 1 hours during the adventure.
Please refrain from brining Passports.
Guide Service and Transportation in VAN: $157.07/Hour
Guide Service and Transportation in SUV: $193.72/Hour
* For larger groups, please call to inquire other options