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Kailua Kona,
Hawaii USA

Meet the Sharks of Hawaii

Your Dive Partners on
a Kona Shark Dive

Kona, and the waters off of the Big Island of Hawaii, is home to many types of premier shark species. This location in Hawaii is very unique as we have a large range of different shark species to see in some of the best ocean conditions found anywhere in the world!

Explore our introduction to the sharks of Hawaii that join us during our Hawaii shark diving adventures here on the Big Island!

An image of an oceanic whitetip shark swimming with pilot whales off the coast of Kona

Tiger Sharks

One of the most iconic sharks in the world and the second-largest predatory shark in the ocean. Hawaii is famous for its Tiger Sharks and here in Kona, it’s one of the best places to see them anywhere in the world. Our Kona Tigers are also some of the biggest found anywhere averaging anywhere from 10′ – 16′ and well over 1,000lbs.

Oceanic Whitetip Sharks

Oceanic Whitetips are one of the most impressive sharks in the ocean and Kona Hawaii is easily one of (perhaps the best) place to see them in the entire world.

These members of the sharks of Hawaii are perfectly adapted to life in the open ocean and spend their time hunting down all kinds of marine life in the deep sea. Oceanic’s can be very bold and often come very close to our divers making for great photographic opportunities.

An image of a Kona Shark Diving guest swimming with an oceanic whitetip shark.

Galapagos Sharks

Galapagos Sharks are a large species of sharks that frequent the offshore waters around Kona Hawaii. These sharks are incredible predators and here in Kona can be found patrolling around offshore structures. This is one of the most common sharks of Hawaii we see on our trips and can grow up to 14′ and close to 1,000lbs.

Hammerhead Sharks

Hammerhead Sharks are one of the most impressive sharks in the ocean. Being one of the last sharks to evolve they are very proficient and advanced in the water often moving with purpose in the water. These sharks of Hawaii range from 6′-12′ here in Kona.

An image of a powerful hammerhead shark, one of the regular sharks of Hawaii.

Sandbar Sharks

These sharks are found in high numbers at our dive sites along with the Galapagos sharks. They are known for their speed and long dorsal and pectoral fins. These sharks are usually very active and not afraid to give our divers close pass after close pass. Here in Hawaii these sharks average 5′-7′.

Reef and Blacktip Sharks

These warm-water sharks are found throughout the tropical Pacific and are known for their patterns along their fins and ability to be great hunters.

This species of the sharks of Hawaii also have a lot of attitude and it’s great to see these sharks interact with other sharks. Here on the Big Island of Hawaii, they range from 4′-8′.

An image of a blacktip reef shark swimming off of the coast of the Big Island in Hawaii.

Mako Sharks

Mako Sharks are the fastest sharks in the ocean and expert predators. Here in Kona, they are found further offshore in the deep Pacific waters where they hunt the many tunas that live here. Hawaii is one of the only places in the world you can see these incredible sharks in the wild!

Great White Sharks

Great White Sharks are rarely seen in Hawaii but they do spend time here and a few are seen in the islands every year. Hawaii is also home to some of the biggest Great White Sharks ever seen.

Some of the Great Whites spotted in Hawaii have been up to 20′ and weighing several tons! Will you be on the boat when the next Great White shows up?

An image of a healthy, large Great white shark in the waters off of the coast of Kona, Hawaii