We will meet up in the evening at Sharks Cove, located near the state Marine Protected Area on the North Shore of Oahu. The educational tour begins with a short presentation about the unique and wondrous marine ecosystems of Hawaii. We will discuss which characteristics of the islands make Hawaii's ecosystems unlike any others in the world. You will be introduced to the organisms and creatures we will be seeing during our tour as well as given a safety briefing outlining possible risks. At the conclusion of the presentation, you will be provided with underwater lights, reef shoes to protect your feet (optional), and a mask and snorkel to search for endemic invertebrates in the tidal areas of Sharks Cove. Many of these unique creatures can often only be found after dark. We will photograph them, describe them, and discuss each animal we find. At the conclusion of our time in the tide pools, we will debrief on the beach about what we saw and the significance of each creature. Questions will be answered. You will be provided with photos of the animals as a keepsake to remember.
Aloha! My name is Don and I am a Marine Biologist. I am a graduate of BYU-Hawaii with a BS in Marine Biology. I have years of experience and am enthusiastic about our oceans and the amazing animals that live there. I have lived my life in and around the ocean. I am a trained advanced open water diver and free diver. I will make sure you are safe and comfortable in the water. I will also make sure you see and learn amazing things during our time together. I'm excited to share the amazing underwater wildlife with you on our experience together. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have and I look forward to see you.
Underwater lights, reef shoes, and a mask and snorkel will be provided. I will use a camera to record photos of the creatures…
Our experience will be located only in the Marine Protected Area of Sharks Cove on Oahu. We will only venture into the tidal area of the cove where water doesn't exceed a waist high depth.
Guests should wear clothes that may get wet. If available a wetsuit top may provide comfort but a rash guard or shirt can also be worn. We will be wading in water as deep as our waist in some places so be prepared for that. If desired, a life vest will be provided.
Discover coral reef creatures at night