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Swim with Sharks (cage-free) from Haleiwa, Oahu
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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Leave your preconceptions about sharks at the door and get up close to these sleek creatures on this unique ocean experience. Head out from Haleiwa, on the North Shore of O’ahu, and spend roughly half an hour swimming with the sharks living in the area. Don’t worry, though: even if you aren’t swimming in a cage, you’re still in safe hands, with a guide on board and a safety diver swimming with each group.
  • Enjoy an intimate encounter with these creatures on this small-group experience
  • No need to visit the dive shop beforehand: all snorkelling equipment provided
  • With multiple sessions a day, make this experience work to your schedule
  • Easy-to-find meeting point at the Boat Harbor on the Haleiwa waterfront
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Bottled water
Live commentary on board
Local guide
Snorkel equipment
Safety diver
Dive photographer (photos available after the trip)
Swimsuit - come ready to swim
Sunscreen - apply prior to boarding to limit excessive scents/oils in the water
Towel and a change of clothes in your vehicle
Personal items may be stored on the boat during the dive
Gratuities
Transportation to/from attractions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
66-105 Haleiwa Rd , 66-105 Haleiwa Rd, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA

Meeting place will be at the Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor, North Shore, Oahu: Meet on the left side of the harbor next to boat launching ramp/loading dock. * Free parking is readily available near the dock

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years old - must be accompanied by an adult
  • Get a good night's rest before your adventure!
  • We kindly ask you leave behind any preconceived notions about sharks and experience this adventure with an open mind
  • Always be attentive and present in the water, keeping your ears above water and paying close attention to the Safety Diver's instructions
  • If you are prone to seasickness, please take Dramamine 1 hour prior to the tour
  • A minimum of 2 people per trip is required for any trip. If you are booking as a single passenger, we will contact you if the minimum trip requirements are not met.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Islandview Hawaii
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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star-5
Take this tour!!!
Elizabeth_E
, May 2022
HIGHLY suggest this! The crew was awesome & seeing the sharks cage free was amazing. You get pics/videos at the end which are equally amazing but nothing like being in the water with them. Take this trip!
star-5
Great time, highly recommend
Dan_D
, May 2022
Fun and smart crew that knew how to keep us calm when the sharks came! We felt safe being with them and were in awe of the sharks. The crew was amazing
star-3
My Experience
Eric_Z
, May 2022
I’ve been scuba diving for many years and have only had one shark encounter the entire time. Since I can’t seem to experience more on my own, I thought it was time to make it happen. The crew was very nice and friendly. They explained everything and made sure everyone felt comfortable. There were only 2 sharks that came close to us (3-4 feet). I was hoping that we would experience a lot more, but when you’re dealing with nature, you never know. I definitely would recommend this company if you want to experience swimming with sharks.
star-5
It was a great...
Brian_S
, May 2022
It was a great experience, highly recommend it. There were not very many sharks at out first site so they drove to another site to make sure we got to see what we paid for. Much appreciated there commitment to make sure we had a good time.
star-5
Awesome experience!
Santiago_C
, May 2022
The crew was phenomenal! Captain Braxton called me about 10-15 min prior to departure to check on me and he was very friendly the entire time. The other 2 on crew were very helpful with any questions, offered help and had great people skills. The girl that served as safety swimmer in the water was very attentive, took great pics and was always looking out for all of us!
star-5
Swimming with sharks (island view Hawaii)
Trevor_W
, May 2022
So glad we did the cage free experience! It was amazing and couldn’t ask for better guides! Highly recommend this!
star-5
Awesome experience - take the plunge!
Annet_v
, May 2022
Took us a bit to find the boat (if you enter Island View in Google maps it brings you to the right spot) where Braxton and Sam were waiting for us. 8 guests on board including 4 who hadn’t snorkelled before. They were given a brief instruction and whoever wanted could take a float out also. Any nerves we had vanished once in the water - it was a magical atmosphere there with the blue all around and then with the 4 sharks that came to say hi. Any diving down to them scared them away, also eye contact caused them to veer off - no aggression at all, quite the opposite. Am very very happy I braved this - not only to learn that it doesn’t really need bravery at all but also to experience the proximity to the sharks and the vastness of the ocean. Have seen sharks numerous times on my scuba dives, but this was far more intimate. Absolute thumbs-up, go for it!
star-5
Had the most amazing...
Fatima_S
, May 2022
Had the most amazing experience with Braxton and Sam. Felt safe and taken care of. They made sure we had the full experience! Highly recommend Island View
star-5
Favorite excursion!
Elizabeth_N
, May 2022
Sam and Braxton were a lot of fun. This was our favorite excursion. They are local and truly know what they’re doing! They look at each trip out as a trip with friends and family! Pick this one for sure!
star-5
I would definitely do it...
Sergi_G
, May 2022
I would definitely do it again. At first I was nervous but as soon as you get in tye water everything disappears and you can enjoy watching the animals beneath the surface
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star-5
Me and my boyfriend had...
Devon_M
, May 2022
Me and my boyfriend had an awesome experience with island view Hawaii. The guides were awesome and had a lot to share about the Hawaiian culture. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good thrill!
star-5
Birthday sharks!!
Logan_B
, May 2022
Absolutely amazing highly recommend this tour. The guides were super fun but still very professional. Always felt safe.
star-5
The most amazing experience!
Beatrice_C
, May 2022
If I could give them 10 stars I would. Kama and Kala were amazing! To paint a bit of a picture we (my fiance and 11 year old son) were coming from the Disney Aulani Resort and hit some traffic on the way over. Kama contacted us and we informed him we were running about 10 minute late. He was very patient and understanding as were the other 2 members of our group. Once we got there we loaded up immediately and were on our way! We were extremely nervous (swimming with sharks in open water WITHOUT a cage) who wouldn't be?! Kama and Kala had a great sense of humor and made us feel right at home on the boat. They provided us an informative safety presentation but more importantly reminded us to leave all our preconceived notions about these creatures at shore. If we were to truly enjoy this experience we had to enter the water calm and ready to embrace what the ocean and these beautiful creatures had to offer. We headed out to sea for about 15 minutes about 2-3 miles off the coast. The water that day was extremely choppy and they informed us that they were near cancelling the excursion but felt as though they could operate safely. We were extremely grateful for them taking safety into consideration. Once we got out to sea they ran the motors to attract the sharks (sharks were drawn to the boats due to thinking they were going to get easy bites of crab or fish). Kama jumped in the water to ensure safety and then informed us that we would each be slowly entering the waters. Our son was so eager he was the first one out there! I am not such a strong swimmer and requested to use a flotation device that they had them readily available. Once we were in the water we were out there for about 30-40 minutes just floating in the sea with these majestic creatures. Once in the water we didn't have time to feel fear and continued to practice breathing while taking in the experience. Our son is a strong swimmer and was living his best life! We were able to see Galapagos and reef sharks but the true experience came when the 18 foot tiger shark graced our presence. She was the alpha of the sea and all other sharks cleared out with her presence. She hung out with us for about 10-12 minutes before disappearing into the depths. Throughout the experience Kama continued to check in on us and how we were feeling. He continued to reassure us in the water and instructed us on how to swim so as to continue to remain calm. The best part was at the end. We returned to shore slightly disheartened as we weren't able to take our cameras into the water due to risk of them dropping into the 300 ft depths and the electromagnetic output they have which heightens or deters sharks. Kala asked us all to turn on our AirDrop and he immediately AirDropped all the photos and video that Kama had been taking throughout the excursion. We were left with some of the most amazing footage and memories. These guys are the real deal and are amazing all around! Book with them they care about the ocean and you will be well taken care of with them! They don't chum the waters and reminded us that this is illegal. These guys are amazing I can't say enough positive things about them!
star-5
Great experience,...
Brianna_H
, May 2022
Great experience, affordable, they take the photos and share with you for free. The sharks are attracted to boats so they don’t chum the water.
star-5
Great time
Hilary_C
, May 2022
It was a good experience, a bit pricy & wish I would of seen more sharks, but understand that’s they have no control over Mother Nature. I would do this again, if I had visitors that were interested in it. Our guides were so chill and made sure everyone felt safe at all times.
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Book it
Zakary_A
, Apr 2022
Guys where super nice, made you feel at ease and very informative. Super worth it, we saw spinner dolphins on the way out and the swim with sharks was peaceful. Equipment was comfortable.
star-5
DO IT!
Katie_L
, Apr 2022
What an incredible experience!!! Couldn’t have asked for a better day. We saw around 10 Galapagos sharks, Barracudas and a Tiger shark! The guys were hilarious and made the whole day that much more enjoyable! We could not recommend this experience enough! Oh and don’t bother with any other company, these guys are the OGs
star-5
Island view is the best for shark swimming!
magda_c
, Apr 2022
Braxton and his team from Island View was absolutely amazing and a perfect ending to our trip! We booked this last minute as hubby was scared! It was actually so relaxing to be able to enjoy the experience of watching these amazing creatures swim beneatg us!
star-5
Experience of a lifetime!
Kara_L
, Apr 2022
We had such an amazing experience!! The guides made us all feel very comfortable and took amazing pictures for us!! I would 100% recommend this excursion for anyone looking for some adventure!!
star-5
Would go again tomorrow!!
Maxcey_S
, Apr 2022
Absolutely fantastic time!! Money well spent. I was wary at first since the guys were so young. But they have the necessary knowledge to keep you safe and find the sharks!! Was definitely a bucket list trip. Could have been longer but it was great

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