Shark's Cove, North Shore
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Shark's Cove is an area of tide pools and big lava boulders strewn across a small beach. It is not that good for swimming because it is very shallow close to shore but people come here to snorkel. Summertime is the best time to snorkel here as the currents can be too dangerous during the winter. The name "Shark's Cove" is a bit of a turn-off for me if I'm feeling nervous in the water! But actually it is named after the shape of the lava rock outcropping. It is super nice to walk down the path to Shark's Cove and spend some time peering into the rock pools. You can see tropical fish of all varieties right in front of you as if you were snorkeling, minus the scary riptides and currents you might encounter if you were actually in the water! Some sealife you will see are Moorish Idol fish, shingle urchins, cauliflower coral, and Parrotfish! Marine life love this area because there are limestone caves and tunnels that provide shelter for them.
Just south of Shark's Cove is Three Tables Beach. It is a nicer swim and has a large shady beach where kids can play in the sand.
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Shark's Cove is part of Pupukea Beach Park. It is on Kamehameha Hwy north of Waimea Bay. Directly across the street from it you will see a car repair store that says "Service is our business." Then you know it's time to turn into Keiki Rd, which runs parallel to Kamehameha Hwy alongside the ocean. You can park in one of the stalls along the road and walk down the path to the beach.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.