Friday, June 8, 2012
Do you want to get up close and personal with the beautiful fish that inhabit our ocean waters? There’s a place on Oahu’s North Shore where you can snorkel, scuba dive or just wade around and see schools of fish swim by. You won’t have to stand in line here or be surrounded by crowds of tourists. This place is called Shark’s Cove. Don’t be turned off by the name, you most likely won’t see a shark here, but you will see schools of fish, sea turtles, and many kinds of marine life in their natural environment. The best time to visit this beach is from March through October before the big waves move onto the North Shore. Shark’s Cove is part of the Pupukea Beach Park. There’s a small parking lot in front of the cove and a Foodland Store across the street. It’s just down the highway from famous Waimea Beach. It does attract many visitors, but nowhere near as many as Hanauma Bay. You will want to make sure and wear reef shoes because in order to get into the water, you have to make your way down a sandy and rocky incline and then through rocks. There are restrooms and showers at the beach park, so it’s an ideal spot to bring the children. If you love snorkeling or scuba diving, it’s one of the best places on O’ahu to visit.