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My Real Life Shark Week Experience


What is it about sharks that gets everyone going?

Oh… right… that whole man-eating beast from the depths of the ocean’s unknown. Super sleek creatures that just NEVER STOP and have the ability to chomp through bone with their layers of razor-sharp teeth. Effing Jaws, right?

So before going on my shark cage dive today in #hawaii, I read about this in the paper. #eep!

Shark week has always been a thing in my household. Hours of my life have been spent taking in the visual excitement of watching sharks on television — mostly with my dad who has always had a love for those National Geographic animal specials. It were those television shows that probably got me interested in the country of Australia at a young age… but mostly freaking afraid. You know… that whole deadly animal issue they have down under.

Sharks man. They be cray.

Not too long before my trip to the States, I was contacted by the lovely people at GetYourGuide (a tour booking site) who wanted to offer a tour to me while out and about. When they gave me a list of options for Hawaii, and said list had SHARK CAGE DIVING on it, I was able to stop reading at that exact moment.

There was no other reason to go forward at all. I knew. Sharks, me, a very strong and protective cage. This was going to happen.

brooke and melissa on shark boat

Brooke and Melissa on Shark Boat

And then I found out that the lovely Melissa of The Mellyboo Project was also going to be in Oahu at this time. She was also able to enjoy the terrifying adventure of diving with sharks!

This was our day. It was rad.

But I won’t lie. Our tour operators were a big bunch of jokesters and they made you actually have to question certain things here and there. Like… do we really have to swim out to the shark cage? Can the small reef sharks really fit inside the cage?! Yeah…

I got a little nervous when I looked off the side of the boat and saw dozens of BIG ARSE sharks in the water. WOW!

sharks off side of boat

Sharks off side of boat

And then I saw a bunch of 10 year olds jump in the cage with huge smiles on their faces and got over it.

kids in shark cage

Kids in the Shark Cage

Brooke in the shark cage

I look awesome. And terrified.


Melissa looks totally un-terrified.

galapagos sharks

The Galapagos Shark


The Galapagos reminds me of the Great White a little.


Crappy one-time use underwater camera, but those be sharks!


Sharks are totally worth a photo or two.


Awesome shark party.

shark graphic

Shark graphic on the North Shore Shark Adventures boat. Super realistic!

Bottom Line: I. LOVE. SHARKS.

Was it scary? Nah. Would I do it again? Yes.


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Big thanks to GetYourGuide for hooking us up with North Shore Shark Adventures in Oahu for this amazing experience! Tour was free of charge — experience my own. Thanks!

*Photos underwater taken with a crappy one-time use camera. Will link to Melissa’s post when up for better photos!


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10 Responses to My Real Life Shark Week Experience

  1. Michelle December 31, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    This looks amazing! I’m so jealous! 🙂

  2. Amy December 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    How. Freaking. Cool.

    I’d totally do that given the opportunity!

  3. Kieron January 1, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    We did this when we were in Hawaii, an awesome experience! So glad you got to do it and had the best time – next stop is the Great Whites, right? 😉

  4. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) January 1, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    This looks amazing! I have done some SCUBA diving in the past few months since leaving on my trip and I still am constantly amazed at all that life brimming beneath the surface of the waves. I love sharks & hope I’ll get to see some on upcoming dives in Borneo, but with big ones like that, I think I’d be happy to have the cage too!

  5. Liv January 1, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    I dived in South Africa and managed to stroke a Great White! Gorgeous and fascinating creatures. Glad you had fun!

  6. Erik Smith (@eriksmithdotcom) January 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    I really do want to do this someday, even though sharks terrify me. Your underwater pictures turned out pretty well, I’ve had very limited success with those disposable underwater cameras 🙂

  7. Melissa - The Mellyboo Project January 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    I had such an incredible time – it was so cool. Thanks so much for hookin’ a sister up! 🙂

  8. Katie January 3, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    What an incredible experience! Sharks get a bad wrap – I once too a biology class in which the T.A. told us that more people die each year from using their toaster (yes – you read that right) than from sharks. And it’s their reputation as dangerous beasts that is really putting them in danger. So this is awesome that you got up close and personal! We went snorkeling in the Galapagos, but unfortunately no sharks showed up that day. I would love to do this!

  9. Stacy Carpenter January 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    So I am totally jealous. Sharks are awesome!
    Someday I hope to be able to do this as well!

  10. Johnny Sparrow March 16, 2014 at 1:05 am #


    Just read this and I’m super jealous! I’ve always wanted to swim with sharks!

    Love your blog, just subscribed,

    Johnny S.

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