Plenty of people travel all over the world and pay to climb into a tiny submerged cage floating amongst a school of sharks. You already know the cliché photo that comes from it; jaws wide open with the ocean’s angry, giant apex predator making a beeline right for you. Lucky for mankind, that cage is there. At least that’s the implication.
I’d venture a guess that not as many people will consider paying money to do this all without the cage, but that’s the version Ocean Ramsey and Juan Oliphant offer. Just hop on a boat in Haleiwa, cruise out to the middle of the Pacific, and jump straight into the ocean with nothing but a snorkel and a pair of fins. The conservationists spend their 20 minutes riding from the harbor to a congregation site reciting the rules and what to expect scenarios for their guests. Ramsey describes the body language of a shark as if it were a household dog. “When they’re agitated, they’ll do this. When he or she is curious, they’ll do that. You should definitely not do x, y, or z…” It’s an actual crash course in how to swim with sharks. And I’d be lying if I said there isn’t a part of you that will ask “am I crazy?” leading up to the moment you dive into the ocean.