Shark's Cove

Shark's Cove, Oahu

Don't worry, you will most likely not run into any sharks when swimming at Shark's Cove (view panorama) . This cove got its name from a popular story that says that the outline of a reef outside the cove looks like a shark when seen from above.

Shark's Cove is a lava-rock beach on the North Shore of Oahu and is part of Pupukea Beach Park. It is unique not only because of its spectacular underwater rock formations, but also because of its diverse marine life. Tropical colorful fish and sea turtles are the cove's constant inhabitants. Harmless white-tipped reef sharks may also be spotted just outside the cove.

Because of its amazing underwater world, Shark's Cove is a favorite spot among snorkelers and scuba divers. The lava has formed underwater caves and tunnels about 15 to 45 feet (4.5 to 13.7 m) below the surface. These caves are a real thrill for experienced scuba divers.

No lifeguards are stationed here. If you want to go swimming at Shark's Cove, it is a good idea to wear reef shoes because of the sharp coral reef that is everywhere in the cove. The best time to explore the cove is in the summer months when the ocean is usually calm. During the winter, getting into the water at Shark's Cove (view panorama) is not recommended because this is when the surf is up on Oahu's North Shore.

Shark's Cove is part of an 80-acre Marine Life Conservation District. People need to respect the cove's marine inhabitants and keep the area clean.

Shark's Cove Overview

  • Lava-rock beach on the North Shore of Oahu
  • Known for its underwater rock formations and diverse marine life
  • Popular among snorkelers and scuba divers
  • Wearing reef shoes or fins is recommended (sharp lava rocks)
  • Best time to explore the cove is in summer; big waves and strong currents in winter (November to February)
  • Part of an 80-acre Marine Life Conservation District

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Reviews and Comments:
The snorkeling is amazing and there are is a variety of sea life. But be warned!!! This is a very high theft area! There are locals that watch your every move and if you leave anything in your car or unatended at the beech it will go missing. We left our rental car keys on shore with our towels and our car was stolen!
Brandon, Tue Apr 19, 2011