Hawaii Tiger Shark Identification Expedition

Please carefully review all the detailed information on this page in selecting your expedition.

Location
Kailua Kona, Hawaii (KOA airport). Resort accommodations will be at Courtyard King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel by Marriott, Kailua Kona (garden room; upgrades available).

Cost
Eight-day expedition - $3,750 (double occupancy), $4,250 (single occupancy)
Five-day expedition - $2,500 (double occupancy), $2,900 (single occupancy)

What’s included:

  • Airport pickup and drop-off to/from KOA

  • Daily pick-up/drop-off at the hotel pier

  • All boat dives with certified Divemaster/Guide

  • Celebrity imager lecture

  • Imaging workshop

  • Mai Tai reception

  • Non-alcoholic drinks, fruit, snacks on boat

  • Nitrox tanks for Tiger shark dives only (available and recommended, mandated for 5 day expeditions)

Not included:

  • Dive insurance-required

  • Travel insurance-required

  • Airfare to/from KOA

  • Alcohol and meals

  • Gratuity

  • Dive gear (available for rental)

  • Concierge activity services

Payment
$500 deposit due immediately upon reservation. All remaining costs are to be paid in full 60 days prior to the commencement of the expedition.

Deposits and balances due can be paid by check to:
Shark Research Institute
Attn: Hawaii Tiger Shark Expedition
P.O. Box 40
Princeton, NJ 08542 USA

Or by credit card through the Donate link on our website. If you use this method, please indicate that this is for the Hawaii Tiger shark expedition.

Cancellation Policy
50% of the deposit will be returned if canceled before 60 days prior to the trip commencing. Deposits and all payments will not be returned if canceled within 60 days of the beginning of the trip.

Refund Policy
A refund will be credited back to your original method of payment and will post approximately fourteen working days after the date of processing.

No Guarantee
Dolphins, manta rays and whales are wild creatures and seasonal changes, surf conditions, and plankton in the water influence their presence. No guarantees are made for their presence. However, you may come again for no cost if the animal of your adventure is not sighted during your expedition.

 

EXPEDITION ITINERARIES

8 resort days: 7 nights, 15 Tiger shark / Dolphin dives

One Lu’au and one breakfast buffet included.

Day 1

  • Logistics: pick up from the airport (KOA), resort check-in and register.

  • Prep gear and cameras, scuba gear check-in, group meeting, and welcome dinner

  • Hawaiian chant and blessing, celebrity imager intro speech, expectations and regulations, dive briefing intro, Tiger shark ID methods and tactics

Day 2

  • 08:00: Tiger shark dives and/or wild dolphin encounters

  • 15:00: Free time in town or resort activity

  • Manta Ray and Blackwater night dives available for additional fee

Day 3

  • 08:00: Tiger shark dives and/or wild dolphin encounters

  • 15:00: Free time in town or resort activity

  • Manta Ray and Blackwater night dives available for additional fee

Day 4 - Land Activities Day

Take a day off from the ocean and enjoy the top-side activities that Hawaii offers: helicopter tours, massages and spa, rain forest and volcano hiking, horseback waterfall tours, kayaking, zip-lines, or surf lessons. Activity arrangements made by Kona Concierge.

Note that certain activities mandate that scuba diving not occur within a 12 hour period prior to the activity. This includes helicopter tours, sky-diving, and volcano tours. These particular activities require all day attention.

Day 5

  • 08:00: Tiger shark dives and/or wild dolphin encounters

  • 15:00: Free Time in town or resort activity

  • Manta Ray and Blackwater night dives available for additional fee

Day 6

  • Tiger shark dives and/or wild dolphin encounters

  • 15:00: Free Time in town or resort activity

  • Manta Ray and Blackwater night dives available for additional fee

Day 7 - Lu’au night & mai tai reception

  • 08:00: Tiger shark dives and/or wild dolphin encounters

  • 17:00: Mai Tai reception (one mai tai per guest included) and Tiger shark award ceremony

  • 18:00: Lu’au by Island Breeze at King Kamehameha Beach Resort

Day 8

  • 08:00: Farewell breakfast buffet at the hotel (included) and relax, lounge or last-minute shopping at the resort

  • 12:00: Check-out & shuttles to KOA airport


Six eight-day expeditions are available in 2019:

September 3-10
September 11-18
September 19-26
September 27-October 4
October 15-22
October 23-30

5 resort days: 4 nights, 9 Tiger shark / Dolphin dives dives

(Lu’au and breakfast buffet not included.)

Day 1

  • Logistics: pick up from the airport (KOA), resort check-in and register.

  • Prep gear and cameras, scuba gear check-in, group meeting, and welcome dinner

  • Hawaiian chant and blessing, celebrity imager intro speech, expectations and regulations, dive briefing intro, Tiger shark ID methods and tactics

Day 2

  • 08:00: Tiger shark dives and/or wild dolphin encounters

  • 15:00: Free time in town or resort activity

  • Manta Ray and Blackwater night dives available for additional fee

Day 3

  • 08:00: Tiger shark dives and/or wild dolphin encounters

  • 15:00: Free time in town or resort activity

  • Manta Ray and Blackwater night dives available for additional fee

Day 4

  • 08:00: Tiger shark dives and/or wild dolphin encounters

  • 15:00: Free time in town or island activity

Day 5

  • 08:00: Farewell breakfast buffet at the hotel (included) and relax, lounge or last-minute shopping at the resort

  • 12:00: Check-out & shuttles to KOA airport


Six five-day expeditions are available in 2019:

September 3-7
September 11-15
September 19-23
September 27-October 1
October 15-29
October 23-27

 

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