Shark Encounters (thank goodness for steel cages)

The mano, Hawaiian for shark, has a deep relation to native Hawaiians and is considered an aumakua (family diety) for many.

shark diving

For uber thrill seekers, check out Hawaii Shark Encounters¬†or Shark Tour’s Hawaii. You won’t just learn about the cultural aspects of this king of the sea, but you’ll also learn about the ecology of sharks and how the health of our local waters is judged by their presence. Both tours depart from Haleiwa Harbor on Oahu’s North Shore.

As always, be respectful of the ocean and the creatures that live in it. Heed any posted warnings you see on beaches and if there is a shark warning, best to stay out of the water!