When someone asks what you did today and you reply with “swam with sharks”, that makes you pretty cool. Sure, swimming with sharks isn’t for everyone – but if you weren’t interested you wouldn’t be reading this blog, right? So, I’ll assume that you’re looking to tick this one off your bucket list and experience getting up close and personal with these fascinating creatures.
We’ve listed a few places below where you can experience sharks in their natural habitat:
Fish Rock Cave, Australia
South West Rock Dive Centre is a family owned business and has been operating for over 40 years. So, they certainly know their Nurse Sharks from their Great White’s. It goes without saying that you need to be a confident swimmer to take part in any of these experiences. You’ll need an Open Water Certification at least to take part in a dive here. They offer daily guided double dives to the stunning Fish Rock, which has an amazing array of marine life and divers regularly see 20-30 sharks in one dive.
Gansbaai, South Africa
In the small village of Gansbaai, you’ll find ‘Great White Shark Tours’. They specialise in cage diving with, you guessed it – Great White Sharks. You’ll hop onboard the aptly named Apex Predator and travel through Shark Alley. Shark Alley is a channel of water between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock. It has the largest population of ‘real life Jaws’ in the world, so a sighting is pretty much guaranteed. They also offer private tours if you would like a more exclusive experience. When booking any of these tours, it’s important that you book with a licensed tour operator, to make sure you’re supporting a legitimate and ethical company.
Tiger Beach, Bahamas
Tiger beach owes its name to the large population of Tiger sharks that call the waters surrounding it home. If you’re into photography, it’s one of the top spots in the world for photographing the Tiger shark. Thanks to the shallow waters and sand flats, locals have even named some of the most popular sharks, although we’re not sure ‘Princess’ quite fits the menacing reputation. You’re also likely to spot lemon sharks, dolphins, and lots of other fish species.
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
From June-September, hundreds of Whale sharks come to Isla Mujeres to feast on the Plankton and fish that gather in the warm Caribbean waters. Many of the diving schools have experienced guides that know how to locate them. Giving you the opportunity to get in the water with the world’s largest shark. This experience is a little more family-friendly, as you can stay on the boat if you wish, although guests must be 10 or over to take part.
Beqa Lagoon, Fiji
This resort has developed their own shark diving area close to the resort known as the ‘Cathedral’. Using ethical sources, they have now created a habitat for hundreds of species of marine life, including; Lemon, Reef, Bull and Tiger Sharks are daily visitors. To dive freely here, you must be certified and have logged at least 30 dives. However, you can hire an instructor if you would like to progress. They encourage and educate all visitors to be respectful of nature and look after the sea the sharks call home. Seeing these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat is an amazing experience that you won’t be forgetting any time soon.
If you’re a thrill seeker at heart and want to find out more about any of these amazing places, just get in touch and Luxus Travel will be happy to help you get within touching distance of a Great White shark.