Shark Excursion- Oahu (UPDATED)

UPDATE:

Updated video of shark diving below

 

I have done this shark dive with One Ocean Diving two additional times since my first dive and it hasn’t disappointed! This is such a fun thing to do with visitors coming to island. It has made my new love for sharks grow even larger! My new goal is to swim with as many different species of sharks around the world. I cannot thank One Ocean Diving enough for introducing me to my new found love of sharks!

 

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Like most people in the world, I have had a fear of sharks, so what do I decide to do to overcome this irrational fear? Swim with 22+ of them in the open ocean!  Not only was this experience thrilling and exhilarating, it was also educational and humbling.  One of my favorite things about living in Hawaii, is the fact that I can push myself to try new experiences and overcome fears without having to travel across the world because, well, I live here!  I will talk about these other things another time, but for now, let me focus on the shark excursion!

I invited two friends I recently made on the island because what better way to bond with someone than by swimming in the open ocean with sharks?  Shout out to Kayla and Livi for joining me!  I can tell this is the beginning of a great friendship.  Before I jumped into the shark infested water, my stomach was in knots with fear, so I took a deep breath and put my faith into the professional divers and entered the deep blue sea.  Seeing all of the sharks swim around me was the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced, and contrary to belief, it was very calming.  The divers leading our excursion have worked with all different types of sharks, but the sharks we swam with were Galapagos and Sandbar sharks.  The divers were very encouraging and friendly.  One of the them asked if I wanted to dive down to get a closer look at the sharks. I told her I wasn’t very good at diving so she just grabbed my hand and took me down with her.  Before this excursion, I wouldn’t have felt comfortable to dive on my own.  With my new gained confidence,  I now am going to practice diving when I go snorkeling on my own.  Not only did I gain a confidence boost in myself from this excursion, but by the end of it, my perception of sharks had totally changed.

Sharks are being killed mindlessly for their teeth and fins.  Because humans have such a negative perception on sharks, there aren’t very many laws protecting them.  This program helps advocate for sharks as they are extremely important to our ecosystem and without them, it would completely throw the balance of life off.

After the day, I was reminded of the beauty of the Earth and how we really need to take care of it.  One project they talked about was limiting the usage of plastic straws.  That little piece of plastic seems so innocent, but it is so damaging to the environment.  Today when I ordered my ice coffee, I skipped the straw and I encourage everyone to do the same!

The company we went through was One Ocean Diving.  The shark snorkel excursion was $150 and it was totally worth it!!  For all my local friends, they do offer Kama’aina discount! Just call them and they will give you the promo code and it takes $20 off. Click on the link to learn more about this amazing program and to book your excursion!

Fear is defined as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, whether the threat is real or imagined.  Education is easiest way to overcome fears.  This excursion is a perfect example.  I learned about these beautiful creatures and realized my fear of sharks was irrational.  I challenge everyone to do the same, you might surprise yourself!

Check out the video below!  I am in the blue shirt 🙂

 

 

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