Science After Dark: Capturing Squid in the Tides of Oahu
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wildlife & nature • 6 days, 5 nights

Science After Dark: Spotting Squid in the Tides of Oahu

wildlife & nature • 6 days, 5 nights

Science After Dark: Spotting Squid in the Tides of Oahu

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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
  • Travel Style
    Outdoor Expedition
from $3,535 USD per person
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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, Ph.D.
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. recipient from 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


The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $500. After booking your trip, please request a single room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.

Activity Level

Travelers should be prepared to walk up to five miles over the course of each 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 $50 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.
  • Three dinners, three 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 $50 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.
  • Snorkel gear
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