Science After Dark: Spotting Squid in the Tides of Oahu - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Science After Dark: Spotting Squid in the Tides of Oahu

from $3,535 USD per person for 6 days, 5 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Outdoor Expedition
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Trip Overview

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. Join us as we dive 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 the region’s unique history and fragile island ecosystem.

  • After-dark squid spotting
  • Private lab tours
  • 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.

Trip Leader

Sarah McAnulty
Sarah McAnulty is a rabidly enthusiastic squid biologist and marine conservation advocate. She is the founder of Skype A Scientist as well as a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. Sarah studies Hawaiian bobtail squid, and she’ll be showing you her favorite spots from her fieldwork in Hawaiʻi!

Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The total cost of this trip is $3,535. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $500. Please contact us to request a single room.

Activity Level

We recommend you have a medium fitness level to fully participate in this trip. Be prepared to walk up to 5 miles per day through thick, muddy island terrain, often ascending steep hills or small mountains. There will be swimming opportunities open to all ability levels.

Arrival & Departure

We recommend you arrive by 3 p.m. on Day 1 and depart anytime in the morning on Day 6. Hotel checkout is at noon, though we’re happy to help extend your stay if you would like to enjoy Oahu on your own.

Conservation & Research

By participating in this trip, we’re aiding an active researcher in her fieldwork. She will instruct all travelers in the correct spotting 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. A $20 donation to coral research is included in your trip cost. If you would like to make an additional contribution to the lab, you can do so here.

  • 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.
  • All equipment rentals for squidding and a complimentary headlamp that you can keep for your future adventures.
  • Admission to all proposed activities and events.
  • A $20 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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This trip was an incredible experience from beginning to end. I enjoyed every moment of it and I will never forget it.
—Chris W. (June 2019)

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  • Jan 20–Jan 25, 2020
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  • Jan 27–Feb 1, 2020
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