Science After Dark: Capturing Squid in the Tides of Oahu - January 20, 2020 - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Photo Credit: Photo by Chris Watson

Science After Dark: Capturing Squid in the Tides of Oahu

from $3,535 USD per person for 6 days, 5 nights
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  • Max Group Size: 12 Few spots left!
  • 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. 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!
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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)

Additional Info

Arrival & Departure

We recommend you arrive by 3 p.m. on January 20 and depart anytime in the morning on January 25. Hotel checkout is at noon, 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 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.

Conservation & Research

By participating in this trip, we’re 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. 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.

Dates and Prices

Jan 20–25, 2020
Shared Room
$3,535 USD per person
Single Room
$4,035 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $3,535. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $3,035 will be due by Friday, December 6, 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 $500 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.
  • 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.