Shark’s Cove

20190511_101117

Part of the Pupukea Nature Preserve, Shark’s Cove is an amazing place to go snorkeling from April to September. The North Shore is better known for surfing in the fall and winter months, but in spring and summer, the waters are calm enough to visit with the turtles and fish.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There is a paved parking lot above Shark’s Cove, and there are restrooms to change. There’s even a bit of a makeshift shower (outside) where you can rinse sand off your flippers and out of your hair.

The path down to the water is dirt, but it’s not too steep so it’s pretty easy to get down it. Everyone leaves their towels and car keys on the rocks, and the instance of theft is very low.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The entry point is rocky, so you’ll want to have boots. The currents can be strong, so longer fins are advisable as well. There are some tide pools to play in, and those are great for kids. However, in the deeper water, you’ll find a rocky landscape full of caves.

If you dive, this is a great place to do some swim-throughs. Just make sure the passages you choose are wider than you and your gear!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

On the right-hand side (if standing in the parking lot facing the cove) there is a turtle cleaning station at the mouth of the cove. This is where surgeon fish come up and eat algae and parasites off sea turtles’ shells. That makes this an ideal place to see turtles.

Just remember: You’re not meant to get close to them. They are endangered, and you should never feed or touch one. However, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles are magical to catch a glimpse of.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Favorite Pictures So Far

Since I got here I’ve been to a few pretty places, so I thought I’d share pictures!

ala moana with cruise ship
Ala Moana Beach

 

view from kailua
From Kailua looking at the mountains

 

after sunset
Sunset over Pearl Harbor

giner and temple in backround
Byodo-In Temple
north shore at angle
Looking down the North Shore
from Pali lookout
The Pali Lookout

 

that beach tho
Irequois Point
the trail looks like
Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail
better east coast view
East Coast looking towards Waimanalo
Lanukai Beach
the crater
From the plane
manauwili falls
Manauwili Falls
Hanuama Bay
20190414_082151
Passion Flower

 

 

those waves tho
Ka’ena Point