Swimming with Sharks in Hawaii


Swimming with sharks in Hawaii was one of the most incredible things I have ever done. I have never been so close to sea life before and it was an experience that I will never forget. If you have a chance, you really need to experience it for yourself one day.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her trip to Oahu. which included swimming with sharks, climbing mountains, beach hangouts and so much more.

Swimming with sharks was honestly a bit scary…I am not gonna lie to you lol. I had never been snorkeling before so I went from 0-100 with this experience. Joel and I went shark diving with Ben and Shannon who we met up with that morning. Instant friends and I am so glad we got to spend the day together. We went diving with One Ocean Research Center. If you are in Oahu and thinking of swimming with sharks, I definitely suggest One Ocean for the experience.

It took me about 30 minutes to figure out snorkeling and to get used to all the waves. We were all a bit nauseous on the boat. 

We were told to always look in every direction and always look behind us because you never know where the sharks will be. The key thing is to not make a lot of movement . All of the sharks were Sandbar and Galapagos. At one point there were over 30 swimming around us in the water.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her adventure swimming with sharks and turtles in Oahu.

I love this shot because I was pointing to a huge shark behind Ben even though there are 3 right behind me.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her adventure swimming with sharks and turtles in Oahu.

This shark came really close to us  and seemed to be super curious about why we were in the water. It was an unforgettable experience to see it so close to me. I would never in a million years have thought that I would be swimming with sharks and actually loving it.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her adventure swimming with sharks and turtles in Oahu.

The divers with One Ocean that came with us were very knowledgeable and made the experience even more fun. They study sharks and know so much about them. Sharks are predators and yes they look scary, but unless they think you are threatening them they will just leave you alone. Ben said that they are the kittens of the sea lol. 

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I just cant get over how lucky I was to get to go swimming with sharks and I am so grateful for friends that encouraged me to do something that was new to me and really intimidating. 

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her adventure swimming with sharks and turtles in Oahu.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her adventure swimming with sharks and turtles in Oahu.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares her adventure swimming with sharks and turtles in Oahu.

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12 Comments

  1. Carrie Colbert wrote:

    OMG Bella – what an experience! And such cool photos to capture it all.

    More color, please!
    Carrie
    http://www.carriecolbert.com

    Posted 10.21.18 Reply
  2. Katie wrote:

    Oh my goodness, you have the coolest travel experiences! My family and I went swimming with dolphins while in Hawaii but never though of doing it with sharks!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

    Posted 10.22.18 Reply
  3. I have thought about swimming with sharks but never have been able to pull the trigger. It looks like an amazing experience, and it’s on my bucket list for sure!

    Posted 10.22.18 Reply
  4. Ooh girl how awesome!! I don’t think I would be brave enough to do this TBH. The open water scares me more than the sharks do!

    Posted 10.22.18 Reply
  5. Annaliese wrote:

    Wow this looks SO cool! I went snorkeling once on vacation and unfortunately it made me very motion sick. 🙁 Hopefully someday I can!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    Posted 10.22.18 Reply
  6. Oh wow, this looks like an amazing experience! I’ve been snorkeling before, and now I kind of want to try this out! I don’t know if I actually would though, feels like I would freak out way too much haha.

    Posted 10.23.18 Reply
  7. Deborah wrote:

    You always have the best photos! I went to Hawaii two summers ago and these photos are making me miss it so much! I wish I could have swam with sharks!

    Posted 10.23.18 Reply
  8. Alix Maza wrote:

    My cousins did this in the Philippines, but it was like 5 hours away from where we were staying and started at like 3 in the morning so I skipped it haha. Next time I’ll go! This is so cool!

    Posted 10.23.18 Reply
  9. Adriana wrote:

    You are seriously travel goals girl! This is AMAZING!!!!

    Posted 10.23.18 Reply
  10. Oh my gosh I would be SO afraid to swim with sharks but I have heard it is the most amazing experience. These photos are beautiful too! I’m glad you had such a great experience!

    Posted 10.23.18 Reply
  11. Erin Sanchez wrote:

    Okay I’ve been snorkeling but I just don’t think I could do it with a bunch of sharks around! Holy crap. Haha. But that’s amazing and your shots are gorgeous.

    Posted 10.23.18 Reply
  12. this looks SO AMAZING! what an awesome experience

    Posted 10.25.18 Reply

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