Discover coral reef creatures at night

Pupukea, Hawaii, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Don

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Excellent value
Guests say it's well worth the price.
Super storytelling
Guests say this Host tells great stories.

What you'll do

The ocean is a wonderous and magical place with creatures that often seem more incredible than what we could conjure up in our own imaginations. Come with me as we search for and encounter the incredible creatures that make up Hawaii's nocturnal marine life.

We will meet up in the evening at Sharks Cove on the North Shore of Oahu. Our exciting experience begins on the shore. We will talk story about the unique and wondrous marine ecosystems of Hawaii. We will discuss why Hawaii's underwater ecosystems are unlike any others in the world. I will introduce you to the creatures we will be seeing as well as give you some safety tips so we have an exceptional, fun and safe experience.

When we are done talking story we will get our underwater lights, mask and snorkels, and reef shoes and head into the water to search for endemic invertebrates in the tidal areas of Sharks Cove. Most of these unique creatures we will be looking for can only be found after dark. We will photograph them, describe them, and discuss each animal we find.

After a wonderous time in the water we will head back to the shore and spend some time talking about all the amazing things we saw and I'll answer any questions you have.

I will also be taking photos of everything we see and give them to you for your own memories!

This experience is perfect for families or individuals. No swimming experience needed
The ocean is a wonderous and magical place with creatures that often seem more incredible than what we could conjure up in our own imaginations. Come with me as we search for and encounter the incredible creatures that make up Hawaii's nocturnal marine life.

We will meet up in the evening at Sharks Cove on the North Shore of Oahu. Our exciting experience begins on the shore. We will talk story about the unique and wondrous marine eco…
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What's included

  • Equipment
    I will be providing for each guest;

    -Underwater lights
    -Wat...

Meet your Host, Don

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 274 Reviews
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Aloha!

My name is Don and I am a Marine Biologist. I am a graduate of BYU-Hawaii with a Bachelor's of Science in Marine Biology. I have years of experience and am enthusiastic about our oceans and the amazing animals that live there.

I have lived my life in and around the ocean. I am a trained advanced open water diver and free diver. I will make sure you are safe and comfortable in the water. I will also make sure you see and learn amazing things during our time together.

I'm excited to share the amazing underwater wildlife with you during our experience together. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have or to inquire about other availability. I look forward to meeting you.
Aloha!

My name is Don and I am a Marine Biologist. I am a graduate of BYU-Hawaii with a Bachelor's of Science in Marine Biology. I have years of experience and am enthusiastic about our oceans and the amazing animals that live there.

I have lived my life in and around the ocean. I am a trained advanced open water diver and free diver. I will make sure you are safe and comfortable in the water. I will also make sure you see and learn amazing things during our time together…
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From $119/ person

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Where you'll be

Our experience will be located only in the Marine Protected Area of Sharks Cove on Oahu. We will only venture into the tidal area of the cove where water doesn't exceed a waist high depth.

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 274 reviews.

Carla
November 2021
Don was a fantastic host for this rare experience. He made us feel safe and comfortable being in the reef at night. He was so knowledgeable about each creature we encountered. What makes this experience so unique is that you could do this multiple times and see something new each time. We highly recommend and would take again on our next trip to the north shore. Mahalo, Don!
Ibrahim
November 2021
Don is an amazing guide. This experience was one of the best things we did while in Oahu. It is definitely a must do if you get the chance. We were very lucky to have a calm evening - there was no waves or wind chill. We also saw lots of octopus.
Christine
November 2021
I'm not going to lie, I was a little scared at the thought of being in the ocean at night. But the experience was sooo great and ended up being not scary at all. We saw way more animals then I thought we would, got to hold and touch them all, and learned so much. Don was a great host. He made sure everyone was having a good time and was so knowledgeable about everything we came across. It was a lovely experience and I would totally do it again.
Jessica
November 2021
My husband and I LOVED this experience! Being able to see the nocturnal sea life was amazing! From feeling the suction cups of the octopus, the purple slime from the cucumber, to holding the beyond miniature crab. There is so much to see and Don was the best host(!) sharing his love and expertise of all things ocean life gave us a new perspective and opportunity we won't soon forget! Can't recommend this experience enough! We have stayed in and I am an airbnb Host, but we have never done an experience and
Haylee
November 2021
Don was amazing, he explained everything that we saw and made the experience something to remember! Definitely our favorite thing we did here on the island!
Claudia
November 2021
For anyone wanting to see wildlife this is the experience to do. I saw so many interesting creatures and learned a lot about them. The pictures we received after the experience were also a really nice touch. I was worried that the water would be cold and that it would be too dark to see where I was going in the water, but the equipment supplied by Don took care of everything.

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    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 6 and up can attend.

What to bring

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