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Sharks Cove
 
Island Name : Oahu
Dive Zone : North
Depth : 15-60 feet
Access : Shore
Location : North Shore
Visibility : 50-100 feet
Level : Beginner - Advanced
Sealife : Shells - Leviathan, Eagle Rays, Parrot Fish, Turtles
Water Temperature : 70/75 F, 21/24 C from November to April
75/80 F, 24/27 C from May to October
Sharks Cove is the second most popular shore dive on Oahu and is located right off the Sunset Beach Fire Station. There are a couple of sources for its name: from the air, the rocks forming the cove look like a shark, or the cove looks like a shark took a bit out of it. Whichever name you choose doesn't really matter since sharks do not frequent this area. The site ranges from 15-60 feet with lots of arches and open-ended lava tubes, allowing much light penetration and easy access. The main caverns are all in 30 feet or less. Large boulders are interspersed with sand and lava formations in the shallows, and large schools of convict tangs and baby mullets. The "Elevator" is a hole 10 feet in diameter, allowing a descent to 20 feet, and then exits through one of three different tubes. One is 40 feet long and four feet in diameter - 90 degrees to the left. The other two are almost interconnected, and exit straight into the sea. The top one is in 10 to 15 feet, and the bottom one is in 20. One tube allows divers to come up into an enclosed dry chamber large enough for three to four people. Caution: This dive is for experienced divers only, and requires a guide to safely lead you through the "Elevator".


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Reviewed By: Michael Eversole, Oahu on December 17,2010 (rating 4/5)
Great Sea Life to see from the surface to the walls. At about 40 ft. it starts to look like the surface of the moon. I have been there three times now and I will go again.
Visibility: 60ft Access: Shore Skill level: Beginner

Reviewed By: Rob, Oahu on November 30,2010 (rating 4/5)
My wife and I stopped in Sharks Cove for about two hours of snorkeling. Our skill levels vary quite a bit, I'm an experienced swimmer and she is just starting out, but the cove provided excitement for both of us. The lava/rock outcroppings were teaming with parrots, triggers (humuhumu), rainbow wrasse, A'ha, as well as big schools of silver fish I don't know the name of. There was a scuba group that came in while we were getting ready and reported citing some adult turtles during their dive as well. We've been to the small lagoons at Ko Olina, Kuilima, and a couple spots on Kauai as well and Shark Cove is by far the best we've had on the trip (although we do plan to hit Makaha and Hanauma before we leave...).
Visibility: 60 feet Access: Shore Skill level: Intermediate