Shark Cage Diving in Haleiwa, Hawaii

Even though I use to live on Oahu and still visit frequently, shark diving is one of the few things I have never done. So on this trip, the boyfriend and I decided we were going to go on my birthday and mark another thing off the bucket list. I’m not going to lie though, seeing that the cage was just bars, kind of freaked me out but in a good way.

The day came and we excitedly loaded up and headed out to Haleiwa. We boarded the boat and was instructed on what to do and were put into groups. I had previously read on another blog that the last group usually gets the most time so we were hoping for group 3 but ended up in group 1.


Eventually, we reached our destination of 3 miles from shore and it was go time. You could see a couple sharks swarming the boat which was really exciting but it didn’t seem like too many. We got our snorkel masks on and headed in as the first people in our group since we were pretty stoked.

 The water was freezing but as soon as I looked down and saw the sharks I completely forgot all about it. My mind and thoughts were immediately in awe. I was expecting to see 7-10 of the Galapagos sharks max but I was blown away when I saw closer to 30 sharks of all sizes swarming the cage.

We spent about 20 minutes or so in the cage just taking it all in. I had my GoPro strapped to my wrist so I did my best at trying to take video and photos while swimming in the cage. Overall shark cage diving was an extraordinary experience that I think everyone should try. The boy and I have decided that next time we are wanting to go without a cage!

For anyone interested in shark cage diving please check out North Shore Shark Adventures in Haleiwa, HI. They were extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and overall gave us the best possible experience. Not to mention they have an outstanding safety record!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: “mano” meaning shark


  1. November 13, 2013 / 4:57 am

    Your one brave gal, love your spirit! Aloha!

  2. Christopher White
    February 22, 2014 / 6:00 am

    Oh wow, you two are so brave for going in that cage! There’s no chance I could be that close to sharks, waaaay too scary for me.

    • September 2, 2015 / 7:27 pm

      Haha, too funny! That’s how my sister is too! lol

  3. September 3, 2015 / 1:38 am

    Ahhhh so cool! I would be terrified! It’s crazy that there were SO many sharks! Those photos are INCREDIBLE! I seriously want to do this, but I’d be afraid of chickening out lol.

  4. Rebecca Swenor
    September 3, 2015 / 10:20 am

    It looks like you both had an fantastic time indeed shark cage diving. I don’t know if I could ever get the guts to do this though because sharks are scary to me. I love how you are making things off your bucket list. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  5. September 3, 2015 / 11:58 am

    Ok let me just say this, you’re extremely crazy and very brave. Girl I am peeing my pants just looking at the pictures and sorry but that cage has some big bar gaps lol wow. And you’re thinking of going without the cage? ok oh wow
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  6. September 3, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    Oh wow. This would be so amazing to do. I’m a terrified little whimp so I would probably back out at the last second but what an experience!

  7. September 3, 2015 / 6:02 pm

    No thank you–even in a cage. If I want to see sharks I much prefer to see them behind glass at an aquarium and even then I shudder. You two are very brave souls!
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  8. September 3, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    They should put your picture next to a No Fear logo somewhere. There is no way I’d even consider doing that! You did get some really awesome pictures though. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed this one!

  9. September 4, 2015 / 2:12 am

    Wow this looks like such an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity! What an adrenaline rush this would be!

  10. September 5, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    You guys are sure brave! Talking about next time going without a cage? Sheesh you are a lot braver than I am. It does seem like an awesome experience, but I think I would be terrified.

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