No Shark Dives Here, Say Oahu Residents
Travel Blog • Pam Mandel • 04.30.09 | 10:39 AM ET
There are a handful of critters I hope never to get all that close to. Sharks are on the top of that list; I’d rather share my time in the water with occupants that don’t potentially see me as food. But plenty of tourists are more than willing to shell out $120 (give or take) to get in the water with the thing I so fear, “secure cage” or no.
What’s the problem? From the East Oahu Sun: “Randy Honebrink, DLNR, shared his primary concerns with shark feeding. ‘One, it is very dangerous for people in the water when sharks are conditioned to associate people with food. Two, there is an ecological impact on the environment. It is the second that most seem to overlook,’ says Honebrink. ‘The state’s position is that we are opposed, that’s all there is to it.’”
The activities hawkers along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki are happy to take your money and book you on a North Shore shark excursion—tours are still running from that side of the island. Get your adrenaline hit while you can, a state-wide ban is on the table and who knows how much longer you’ll be able to experience what people tell me is “the most thrilling experience of my life.”
Yeah, you have fun with that. I’ll stay off the menu, thanks.