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December 1st 2015
Published: December 25th 2015
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I had never visited the North Shore prior to this day, so rented a car in Waikiki and made the short drive to check out Shark's Cove, its highly touted Shave Ice (which did not disappoint), Pipeline, Turtle Bay Resort, and whatever else I could find along that stretch of road.

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Shark's CoveShark's Cove
Shark's Cove

The actual Cove is directly across the street, whereas the grill (a collection of street food vendors via food truck) sits on this side of the road to the immediate right. The Shave Ice stand was the clear favorite for me.

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Western edge of Oahu

Looking South to it
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Shark's Cove Tidepool

Anybody that entered the water was staying in this area. Water was shallow and little in terms of waves with the occasional wave rising over those rocks and dumping a small amount of water into the tidepool. Lots of fish could be seen swimming around here.
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Cool Shrubbery

I thought this might be something specific to this specie of shrub, but later saw a local grooming these shrubs with scissors.

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Shark's Cove

Looks inviting doesn't it? Especially when you hear about it from others that know how cool an area it is. But, beware the waves this, and many other days from Oct-Apr. They can rake you across the rocks very easily.
Strong Waves in Shark's CoveStrong Waves in Shark's Cove
Strong Waves in Shark's Cove

Waves like this one kept me from even considering getting in the water in Shark's Cove. I instead dabbled in the tidepool area to the left where there were no waves, but you could still easily see fish swimming about
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Triple Crown of Surfing Scoreboard

Sunset Beach. The competition looked to be late Nov through 6 Dec 2015

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Sunset Beach Waves

They didn't appear to be all that big this day. They definitely get much bigger than this...
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Lava Flow at Turtle Bay Resort

This rock formation juts maybe 100 yards or so into the Pacific. Very sharp edges.

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Small fish in rock cavity

How these things were living here, a few feet above the water level, I do not know. Maybe when strong storm surges bring the water level up, these guys have a means to leave these little pools in the rock. I saw about four or five individuals in this one cavity

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