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Named by the Scuba Diving Magazine as one of the "Top Twelve Shore Dives in the World," Shark's Cove at Kalalua Point in North Coast Oahu is definitely one of the island's best shore dives. The name might scare you off, but Shark's Cove is far from being homed by sharks. Instead, the name was derived from the way the cove's lava rock formation appears as seen from the air: it either looks like the head of a shark, or the remains of what a shark has bitten off.

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The left side of the cove is where you enter. The rock and coral formations to the entry point are sharp; visitors are advised to wear shoes or reef walkers. However, entering the dive is fairly easy and leads you right out the lava tubes. Underwater, get ready to be amazed by the maze-like cave and cave and lava tube network, ledges, and smooth boulders. One of the best features of Shark's Cove is its clear blue water and visibility that ranges from 50-100 feet--- just perfect enough for viewing the reef's rich marine sea life. The reef features more species of fish and more varied marine life than most dive shores in the island. Butterfly fishes, leviathan, needle fish, eels, perch, eagle rays, fluorescent crabs, trigger fish, and sea turtles are some of the sea creatures to delight any diver here.

Shark Cove's only downside is that it can only be dived in summer when ocean water is calm. Because it is located between the big wave surfing spots of Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay, diving conditions in Shark's Cove become dangerous during winter months when North Shore waves can rise to more than 20 feet high. Big breaking waves also reduce the reef's visibility. Even in summer, the coves sometimes get choppy. At any time of the year, when you see large ocean waves, it is strongly advised that you stay away from the rocks. And if you walk away from the rocks, walk away facing the sea. The waves are unpredictable, and can get dangerously big at any moment.

Dives in the cove are free. But because of Shark's Cove popularity, parking lots tend to fill up quickly. Still, Shark's Cove is not as crowded as the nearby Hanauma Bay.

If diving is not your cup of tea, there are tide pools nearby; they are excellent for swimming. The seascape is also stunning. You can spend your time just watching the ocean activity and the cove's rock formations, and already be blown away.

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