Snorkelling

Jun08

Yesterday a couple friends and I got the opportunity to jump on board with North Shore Shark Adventures and go on a shark cage tour. It was sick! Everybody in the crew was great and really made it an awesome experience. Here is a run down of how it went.

North Shore Shark Adventures - Backpackers Hawaii

We arrived at the harbor for our 12 o’clock tour, and right on time we saw our boat rounding the corner to pick us up.   No going back now. The boat docked and we met our captain Mack.  He then rounded up all of our slippers in a bucket and we headed out for the open ocean.  I stepped onto the boat and thought “dam this thing is decked out”. It had a full closed canopy with rows of cushioned benches, it even had splashgaurds to keep the ocean spray from entering the sitting area….Pretty flashy.   It really made the ride out to sea comfortable despite the strong winds and choppy seas.

 

North Shore Shark Adventures - Backpackers Hawaii

 

North Shore Shark Adventures - Backpackers Hawaii

 

Even before we reached the cage sharks were beginning to appear from the deep blue ocean. Spots of brown surrounded the boat as we drew near our destination.  Apparently because people have been fishing here for so long and dropping bait into the water the sharks have become attracted to the sound of boat engines. In the words of Captain Mack “its like a dinner bell for them.”

 

North Shore Shark Adventures - Backpackers Hawaii

 

North Shore Shark Adventures - Backpackers Hawaii

 

After a short while we arrive at the cage, and it was go time.  We geared up with snorkels and masks that they provided and climbed into the cage. AND THERE WERE SHARKS EVERYWHERE!!  Not just a single shark here or there, but literally everywhere you looked. I would say there was at least  30 Galapagos sharks surrounding the cage at any given time, ranging from 6-12 ft in length!!!

 

North Shore Shark Adventures - Backpackers Hawaii

 

 

North Shore Shark Adventures - Backpackers Hawaii

North Shore Shark Adventures - Backpackers Hawaii

North Shore Shark Adventures - Backpackers Hawaii

 

Mahalo to Captain Mack and the entire crew of North Shore Shark Adventures for an awesome day!

For more information about North Shore Shark Adventures click here. Or visit www.sharktourshawaii.com

May23

             The North Shore of Oahu is famous for its winters, which is when the biggest waves occur. However, summer is a different story. Although there are not much waves this time of year, summer is equally amazing here on the North Shore.  It’s a time marked by calm wind, warm water, and sunny blue skies everyday. It opens the door for a whole range of activities that we sometimes forget about during the surf season.  Oh and my favorite part… its empty. Winter can get a little crazy, the surf contests ,the waves, the pros, THE SCENE.  Summer is a peaceful time, everything slows down and it seems a little easier to breathe.

Here are three things to do on the North Shore during the summer:

 1. Snorkeling and Diving

The North Shore has so many beautiful locations to snorkel and scuba dive. During the winter months it is nearly impossible, and would be dangerous, to attempt to enjoy these amazing places due to the large surf. My favorite place is Sharks Cove, which is conveniently right down the street from Backpackers.

2. Hiking

So many trails on Oahu!! Summer is a great time to do some hiking and get your butt in shape for the beach!! Or just go for the amazing views.

3. Skydiving

If you are coming to Hawaii for an adrenaline rush and there aren’t any waves. Well might as well go skydiving! Check out the North Shore from the sky. Best lookout there is.

 

 

 

These are just a few awesome activities you can do here on the North Shore, but there are so much more. Come out and find out for yourself.

 Disclaimer: There is still surf on all other sides of the island! So you can always do that as well.