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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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We drove by this place heading up towards the tip if North Shore, and felt compelled to stop and check it out. This is a great little cove tucked in the the middle of a well known surfing destination. It seemed to be a great...More

Thank buckley1114
Reviewed 1 week ago

This cove is a warm, calm section of the north shore, with beautiful sandy beaches. Though rocky to enter the cove, once in, it is shallow with plenty of fish to view while snorkeling. I'd recommend wearing water shoes as it is challenging to get...More

Thank DianeH1263
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a shallow, very rocky cove for novice snorkelers. I walked around the corner to the deeper open-water cove, but I was barefoot and it was a painful experience. The water in the open water cove was very rough so I didn't stay in...More

3  Thank CDBCDB
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my partner Steve had a wonderful time here celebrating our wedding anniversary really great place with nice people Even had a go at fishing Steve had one on the line bit lost it but lucky old me managed to catch one Which made...More

4  Thank DaveSellick1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went snorkeling here instead of Hanauma Bay due to the high levels of bacteria while visiting. I would highly recommend that you bring water shoes because of the rocks. Your feet will thank you later. Definitely worth hanging out and watching the sunset. I...More

5  Thank freebirdjina
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a less crowded beach and we enjoyed our visits here. There was easy access to the beach from the parking lot, and there was more parking available. There was a shrimp truck across the street. We saw an amazing sunset through the clouds...More

1  Thank nontravelerUtah
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Shark's Cove is awesome! Free parking, no admission. Bring your water shoes as it is rocky. Get in the water and don't worry about the rocks! Fish everywhere! We snorkeled in the area to the left of the bathrooms. The rocks create a kind of...More

1  Thank SeaShellFinder
Reviewed October 2, 2018

An amazing place (very little parking on busy days...) where you can find huge landscapes of tidepools (sharp rocks and lots of urchins, so wear water shoes) full of marine life, including salamanders, urchins, puffer fish, angel fish, etc. You could easily spend an hour...More

Thank TrvlFamilyMan
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Love the North Shore. Every time I visit I always stop here. Not overcrowded like other places that you have to pay fees at (hanauma bay). Lots of fish to see, and just beautiful to spend the day.

Thank catherineg8888
Reviewed September 28, 2018

Our 3rd trip to this beach, over 10 years...always a pleasure! Nice corals, once you go out towards the 'flat rocks' (and a blow hole!) about 75-100 yards from the sand line. Being aware of the tide and wave 'action' is absolutely necessary, as the...More

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Alexandra C
September 19, 2018|
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Response from Franklin S | Reviewed this property |
Any time - the tide on Oahu barely changes all day. High and low tide are pretty much the same thing.
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 V9504ZYjohnc | 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