Our favorite swimming beach, Hanalei Bay, had flat water for the first time this season. It’s a 75 minute drive each way from our home. We jumped in the car eager to swim a mile at one of the best beaches in the USA. Apparently, we were not the only ones excited to swim. As we approached the beach this sign greeted us:
What would you do?
a) Ignore the sign and jump in with the shark
b) Change plans and go for a walk instead
We actually did both and took moderate caution. Instead of swimming from the pier, we walked down to the first lifeguard station to get the full story. The Tiger Shark had been spotted at 4pm Saturday swimming in shallow water and under the pier. As it had been almost 24 hours since the sighting, we decided to swim laps close to the lifeguard station in case there was a problem.
Why was the shark around? It appears that a fishing boat cleaned their nets in the Bay which attracted the shark.
Hanalei remains our favorite beach for long distance swimming between April and October. We go there twice a week in season. If you’re there, be sure to look for us.