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