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Pupukea Beach Park

Shark’s Cove & Three Tables offer Oahu’s best snorkeling & scuba

Snorkelers and scuba divers will enjoy Pupukea Beach

Pupukea Marine Life Conservation is a white sand and lava rock beach with two main swimming areas called Shark’s Cove and Three Tables.

Shark’s Cove

Snorkeling at Shark’s Cove, Oahu – Have Aloha Will Travel

Shark’s Cove is a popular scuba diving and snorkeling site when the surf is not big, with the best scuba diving found just outside of the cove. At low tide, the middle area of this 80-acre beach park becomes a network of tidepools known as Old Quarry.

Editor's note: It's a bit rocky at Shark's Cove, but once you get in it's beautiful.

Three Tables

Snorkeling at Three Tables Beach – TRVS UNDRWTR

Three Tables is located at the southern end of the park and gets its name from three large and flat sections of coral reef which become visible at low tide. The water around these tables is about fifteen feet deep providing an excellent snorkeling area. Outside of the tables, the depth drops to 45 feet and the many lava tubes and rock formations ideal for scuba diving.

Great For

Snorkeling, scuba diving, bodyboarding, fishing, swimming during the calmer summer months when the surf is not too large.


Shark’s Cove features many underwater caves and shelves that are fun to explore for fish and other marine life. This whole area is designated as a Marine Life Conservation District thus there are strict rules about taking any shells, coral, marine species, etc. Pūpūkea means “White shell.” Need to Know: When the surf is large during the winter months swimming at Pupukea Beach Park is not safe.




Restrooms, showers, parking.


Pupukea Beach Park is located off Kamehameha Highway just to the north of Waimea Bay in the town of Haleiwa.