Heading Out

After the safety briefing, the vessel will leave the harbor and begin the 15 minute trip out to the survey/snorkel site. On the ride out, your marine biologist and safety diver/divemaster will educate you about shark behavior, biology, physiology, our current research, and how to safely interact with sharks. Below is list of some of the information we will cover:

  • What types of marine animals you will potentially see both near and offshore

  • What species of pelagic fish, sharks, sea turtles and whales to look for and how to tell the difference between species.

  • How to determine gender and the differences in behavior

  • What specific behavior/body language to look for 

  • How the animals biology and physiology effects their behavior  

  • How your behavior effects their behavior

  • How to deter or entice a shark or pelagic animal

  • How weather and seasons effect the animal's behavior and how it can effect your specific trip 

  • The significance of MANO (sharks) in Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. 

  • How to contribute to or support the ID program for the Hawaii Shark Count. 

  • Very important information about how to safely and respectfully swim with sharks as well as what to do in the unlikely event of an adverse approach or presence of agonistic body language. The "Safety Rules and Guidelines" will be shared within the last five minutes prior to getting into the water so it is fresh in your mind.