Science After Dark: Capturing Squid in the Tides of Oahu - June 25, 2019 - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Science After Dark: Capturing Squid in the Tides of Oahu

from $3,280 USD per person for 6 days, 5 nights
  • Max Group Size: 12
  • Moderate
  • Outdoor Expedition

Just beneath the waves off the Hawaiian coast, there are schools of tropical fish, flotillas of sea turtles, and squads of squid—all with fascinating lives and complex relationships often hidden from the human eye. We’re diving in to explore some of their secrets. Led by a marine biologist guide, our squidding excursion will take us on an amphibious tour of Oahu where we’ll get to learn about Oahu’s unique history and fragile island ecosystem.

  • After-dark squid spotting
  • Stunning stone ruins
  • Conversations with researchers
  • Scenic swims


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info

Arrival & Departure

The Surfjack Hotel is located a 25-minute drive from Honolulu International Airport (HNL). We’ll be meeting for dinner at 6 p.m., so we recommend you arrive with enough time to settle into your accommodations, and relax a bit. Our trip concludes on Sunday, and hotel checkout is at 12 p.m., though we’re happy to help extend your stay if you would like to enjoy Oahu on your own.

Activity Level

We recommend you have a medium fitness level to fully participate in this trip. Be prepared to walk up to 6 miles per day through thick, muddy island terrain, often ascending steep hills or small mountains. There will be swimming and snorkeling opportunities open to all ability levels.

Conservation & Research

We are aiding an active researcher in the collection of live specimens for her research. She will instruct all travelers in the correct collection methods for Hawaiian Bobtail Squid. All travelers are expected to show respect for wildlife and their habitats, as well as the fragile ocean ecosystem surrounding Oahu, at all times.

Dates and Prices

Jun 25–30, 2019
Shared Room
$3,280 USD per person
Single Room
$3,910 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $3,280. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $2,780 will be due by May 12, 2019. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip's Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $290 will be due at the time of the final payment.
  • Five nights of accommodation at the Surfjack Hotel in a standard double-occupancy room. 
  • An expert guide in the field of biology, conservation, and science communication as well as local experts on each of our island excursions.
  • Two dinners, daily lunches, and snacks, as well as two cocktails of your choice at the La Mariana Tiki Bar.
  • All equipment rentals for squidding and snorkeling and a complimentary headlamp that you can keep for your future adventures.
  • Admission to all proposed activities and events.
  • A $100 donation per traveler to the Gates Coral Research Lab.
  • Transportation within Oahu following arrival at the Surfjack Hotel.
  • A full briefing packet for each explorer, including island information, logistical and contact information, recommended reading list, and packing list.
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura explorers, excited to discover all that Oahu has to offer.
  • Flights to and from Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and transportation between HNL and the Surfjack Hotel.
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including daily breakfasts and most alcoholic beverages.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Applying for a U.S. visa, if applicable.

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