Two trips to Oahu’s North Shore in almost as many weeks? Crazy, I know! And I have to say I thought I was going to go crazy on the drive up there which seemed to take FOREVER because a certain boy in the back seat talked nonstop the entire time! But at least the little girl in the backseat got a nap on the way up there, so it was all good.
The plan was to meet up with friends at Sharks Cover where people could snorkel in the cove or hang out in the big tide pool to the left of the cove. Unfortunately the surf was up a bit higher than predicted so only the bravest grown-ups in the group ventured into Sharks Cove but the rest of us had fun in the tide pool. The water was really clear and we saw several different kinds of fish, some purple sea urchins and a couple crabs.
At Shark’s Cove itself there is only a tiny bit of sand, but on the other side of the tide pool there is a bigger beach and that’s where we spent our time when we weren’t in the water. The beach toys we took were put to good use! We had taken food for supper on the beach and we were there to see a beautiful sunset reflected in the tide pool. Ah, this is the life!
Do it yourself:
• Location: Sharks Cove and the adjacent tide pools are part of Pupukea Beach Park on Oahu’s North Shore. This spot is located between Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach.
• Parking: Spots are located within the park on the ocean side of the road.
• Facilities: There are restrooms and showers here but I don’t think there are life guards.
• Recommendations: Wear shoes appropriate for reef-walking. The rocks are sharp and there are sea urchins too. I wore thick-soled slippers (kinda like tevas) which worked okay but had the kids wear shoes that provided coverage on the tops of their feet too.
• The tide pools would be a great place to teach kids to snorkel. The water is calm and shallow enough in many places that they can stand up if they need/want to. But even if they don’t snorkel they can still see fish and other things in the water as they walk along.