Tippy The White Tip Reef Shark - Big Island Hawaii

by Brenda

While snorkeling at Honaunau one morning in late February 2011 we noticed a diver in the far corner of the reef closest to the Place of Refuge so quickly swam over to look down at him. To our surprise he was taking a video of a 6 foot White Tip Reef Shark that was slowly swimming on the sandy bottom. I was scared and swam over top of the nearest reef as my husband checked to see what Tippy (as we named him) was doing. He had swam away, and I was relieved!! My husband assured me that these are non-aggressive sharks so I felt better and we continued to snorkel. Later we met up with the diver who told us the shark had been sleeping in a cave there for several weeks. A few days later we saw Tippy again in the same place.

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Nov 16, 2012
A rare sighting for us...
by: Galen & Nicole

Thanks for your story. We have only ever seen one shark snorkeling in Hawaii. It was at nearby Manini Beach over in Kealakekua Bay. Another snorkeler pointed it out to us and it took off. It didn't want anything to do with us. It also was a White Tipped Reef Shark, probably about 5 feet long. We always see it as a blessing to see unique creatures like this.

Read more about snorkeling Honaunau (Two Steps). There is a description of snorkeling Manini Beach in our Big Island Hawaii Snorkeling Guide eBook.

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