Is diving with the sharks on your bucket list? Lets see the best places for diving with sharks ….

1. Tiger Beach, Bahamas

 

Diving with Tiger Sharks – here

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Image by Leigh Cobb

Where to Dive with Tiger Sharks in the Bahamas

Tiger Beach, located on Grand Bahama, is the place to go if you want to experience a cage-free dive with tiger sharks in the Bahamas.

The water is clear and calm, making it perfect for diving calmly and always being focused and aware of what is going on around you, which is vitally important when scuba diving with these sharks. Don’t forget to take your underwater camera gear with you to take photos and videos of these sharks in their natural surroundings.

The really great thing about Tiger Beach is the fact that you will be able to have a tête-à-tête with a variety of other shark species as well when scuba diving Tiger beach in the Bahamas. These include Caribbean reef sharks, lemon sharks, hammerhead sharks, nurse sharks, and more.

The best time to dive with Tiger sharks in the Bahamas?

The tigers of the Bahamas come back to their breeding grounds during winter. This means the best time to encounter these Apax predators is between October and January.

How to Stay Safe

In order to stay safe around tiger sharks, or any other potentially dangerous shark species for that matter, head out on your expedition with a local and experienced dive crew that will not only know how to quickly locate the sharks but will also give you the instructions you need to enjoy the experience without disturbing these animals.

 

 

2. Bimini, Bahamas

 

Diving with Great Hammerheads here

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Image by Leigh Cobb

Bimini is one of only two places in the world you can see the oceans most elusive large predatory shark found in the tropics, the Great Hammerhead Shark. Great Hammerheads are without a doubt the pinnacle of shark diving in the Bahamas. These large predatory sharks can grow to over 20′ making them the largest hammerhead and rival to the Tiger Shark for the 2nd largest predatory shark in the ocean. Their prehistoric build and elusive nature makes them a prize among researchers and wildlife photographers. This shark diving expedition takes place on the sand banks running along the Gulf Stream in water depths ranging from 15′ to 50′. The dive conditions at this site are usually ideal as the islands to the east often put us in the lee of the wind. Visibility at this site is often over 80′ and sometimes over 100′. Bimini for the most part is a bank with nothing but a sand bottom that slopes off for miles until it drops into the Gulf Stream. It is believed the Hammers congregate here to feed on stingrays in the sandy bottoms. Because this shark diving site sits relatively close to deep water it is possible to draw in other sharks, most commonly , tiger, and reef sharks.

Once we arrive on site we deploy baits throughout the water column and wait for sharks to arrive. The average number of Great Hammerheads seen at this site is 1-4 per day. The hammers at this site also tend to stay around the boat for long periods once they arrive. Great Hammerheads only come to this location in numbers for a short period of time from mid-January through March 1st.

Aside from Great Hammerhead Expeditions Bimini has some of the best Bull, Tiger, Reef, Lemon, and Nurse shark dives in the Bahamas. Bimini is unique because most of it’s dive sites are located close to shore and in shallow water making them accessible in nearly all weather conditions. Bimini is also a year round shark destination making it possible to successfully target sharks every day of the year. Because of the convenient dive locations, shallow depth, and year round shark populations Bimini is the most practical and efficient shark diving location in the Bahamas. The island itself is also only a 30 minute plane ride from any of South Florida’s main airports in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale.

 

 

3. Guadalupe Island, Mexico

Diving with Great Whites here

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We are headed back to Guadalupe Island in 2015 to dive with the king of all sharks – the great white. Located in the Pacific Ocean approximately 165 miles west of Ensenada, Mexico, Guadalupe Island is the best place in the world to see great white sharks underwater. The reason is because of the 100′ plus feet of visibility in warm-ish 65-70 degree water, unlike South Africa or the Farallon Islands where the water is cold, murky and green. Because you will be using surface supplied air (hookah) instead of scuba tanks, this cage diving adventure is open to both divers and non-divers alike.

Guadalupe Island

We have been traveling to Guadalupe since 2003 and each season we have been blown away with the amount of white sharks that can be seen during our short visits to this island. During our visit in September of 2012, we had over 20 different white sharks visit the boat and we averaged between 10-12 sharks everyday with three breaches next to our boat. On our last day we even had two 4 foot mako sharks come in to say a quick hi. They did not hang around very long for obvious reasons. Our trip is scheduled as a 6 day expedition, with 4 days of diving. Our home for this expedition is the Sea Escape, a 110′ liveaboard dive vessel.

Diving with white sharks is truly a humbling experience and Guadalupe Island is an amazing place and is home to some of the largest white sharks in the world and they are not shy at all around the cages, so if your interested in diving with great whites… join us!

4. Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Diving with Whale sharks here

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This is our annual trip out there to snorkel with whale sharks in the plankton rich waters that surround the Isla Mujeres, Mexico. And each year the adventures just gets wilder, the sharks get bigger, and the experiences are beyond words. There is also an opportunities to see and potentially with manta rays, schools of golden rays, sometimes schooling in the hundreds. This past season we also had many encounters with sailfish and one white marlin.

OUR HISTORY HERE…
Our first trip out here to seek out the whale sharks was in Holbox was back in August of 2005 which was one of the first organized exploratory trips out to these islands. The whale shark grounds were still yet to become a protected marine reserve. In 2003 the locals began taking people out to see the sharks. A few people came out, then in 2004 a few more. We heard about the place and decided to organize an exploratory trip out there to see what it was all about. It was a huge success, we had 12 different whale sharks in a 3 day period, with countless manta rays as well…and we have not missed a season ever since.
OUR TRIP REPORT SUMMARY FOR THE PAST 10 SEASONS…

  • August 2005…We swam with12 different whale sharks, along with countless manta rays.
  • July 2006… Around 100 different whale sharks. We also sighted over 15 manta rays breaches.
  • July 2007… we saw 50 different whale sharks from the boat, and swam with 23 different sharks, with one breaching manta, 50 yards from the boat!

  • July 2008… over 60 sharks in 6 days
  • July 2009… we saw hundreds of whale sharks feeding together. One day we encountered over 600 sharks – ALL FEEDING TOGETHER.
  • July 2010… 8 days in the water, 3 days of over 200 whale sharks feeding together, and some amazing days with 3-4 whale sharks with long encounters. great manta ray encounters as well.
  • July 2011…4 days in the water, over 100 sharks feeding in a large aggregation, where we spent countless hours swimming with them.
  • July 2012… 9 days in the water. Day one we had over 30 whale sharks. The number of sharks kept increasing each day. By day 9 we had over 300 sharks. Our best season yet!
  • July 2013… our best season ever. We had over 200 sharks everyday, and just as many manta rays, one day over 400 manta rays feeding in the area. Just magical days at sea.
  • July 2014… an amazing shark season, not as good as our 2013 season, but we still averaged over 100 sharks every day.

 

5. Galapagos, Ecuador

 

Diving Galapagos here

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Most exciting for visitors is the lack of fear and even curiosity with which the Galápagos animals typically regard humans. Incredible, up-close encounters are the norm here. And while the islands are a living laboratory of evolutionary change, their ecosystems have remained remarkably unchanged. Some 95 percent of the islands’ pre-human biodiversity remains intact—a remarkable figure. But even this paradise hasn’t remained totally pristine.

Threats from high levels of poorly regulated tourism (the islands welcome some 100,000 annual visitors), overfishing, and the introduction of invasive species landed the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2007.

But this first of all World Heritage sites has experienced some positive changes in recent years. The committee has recognized Ecuador’s progress in strengthening conservation measures designed to protect the priceless area, and the Galápagos were removed from the threat list in July 2010.

 

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