Our Trip on an Oahu Shark Dive Was Amazing!
Our last trip shark diving in Oahu Yielded us some amazing footage and experiences. Here is a transcript from my diary on exactly what I felt, how it was, and why I am ready to go back for more!
Well I am back from what was an incredible adventure. Guadalupe Islands…now when I hear those words, forever will it put a smile on my face. Three days of diving, six different white sharks 100 plus feet of visibility, an I-MAX film crew, and an exciting group of travelers! Not to mention unlimited beer on the trip.
Our first day of diving, we prepared for our introductory dive. This is where Lawrence Groth our Trip Captain and Expedition leader teaches us how to enter and exit the cages. I was with the first group and as I was climbing into the cage I heard someone yell out, Shark! I dropped into the cage quickly with the other person who was already in the cage, Mark Cita, one of Shark Diver’s guests. I spotted the shark and screamed through the regulator. (It was NOT a school girls scream; it was sort of macho sounding) I tapped Mark on the shoulder to show him the approaching shark. There it was; my first encounter with the lord of all sharks. He was around fourteen feet long, weighing in around 1800 pounds. A big BABY! Words can never describe what it feels like to come face to face with a great white shark, you just have to drop down and feel it for yourself. It is AMAZING! We enjoyed a couple more passes from the large shark, and had two more sharks show up to see what was going on. I forgot to mention. We had only been there an hour. We arrived at Guadalupe Island, dropped anchor, dropped the cages into the water, geared up and went in for our ten minute introductory dive. That’s it!! That is all the time that was needed before the first sharks showed up. Like I said it is an amazing place. I stayed down for around twenty minutes and Scott Davis, a marine biologist working with Great White Adventures, began signaling on the cage for us to get out and allow the other guests to complete their training dive and get used to the cage. Check out The Hawaiian Shark Diving Tours in Oahu we picked to go on. We enjoyed the rest of the day’s dives and all of us chatted away the rest of the night. The stories all involved whitey, about how exciting it was, how large they are, etc. I was excited to find out that the great whites eyes look black, but they really have a dark blue pupil. Read more about the type of sharks you might see here.
Day two things kind of slowed down a bit, we only saw two different white sharks….yeah, only two. One word comes to mind: spoiled! I did get to see the 3-D I-MAX film crew work their magic. And….I got to see them work outside the cage! It was amazing to see how a film is put together. Working diligently underwater for hours, the water temp being a balmy 65 degrees, they must have been freezing. I was cold from 90 minute dives; I can only imagine what two-three hours must have felt like. But I saw how they put their dailies together. Our third day was magic. By the third day thousands of bait fish had made the bottom of the boat their home. We had two seals hanging around all day, eating hang baits and trying to chase away the sharks. The sharks wouldn’t leave so they just followed them instead, making sure they always new where they were. The I-MAX film crew got plenty of footage for their movie, I got to film them filming underwater, so hopefully it will come out in their behind the scenes footage. Their was so many magic moments, so many sharks, seals, schools of tuna fish, bait fish, just so much life around this big rock of an island. I also got to see my first natural breaching. A huge white shark exploded out of the water in the distance. It was awesome to see. We ended the trip with big irremovable smiles. We all saw sharks, we ate well and had fun, but most importantly we all left with new friends from different parts of the world.