For some, the idea of spotting a shark while diving is enough to send shivers down their spine. For others, it would be considered a disappointment to not see at least one finned predator while scuba diving. When it comes to diving with sharks, not all dive spots are created equal. So, whether your intentions are to steer clear or flock to them, here’s a look at some of the sharkiest diving locations on the planet.
If you want to get seriously up close with one of the more dangerous species of shark in the ocean today, Tiger Beach in the Bahamas is perhaps your best bet. At this location, you’ll not only get up close and personal with tiger sharks, but also lemon sharks, reef sharks, and even hammerheads. The only way you can get to this particular spot is to book an excursion through Stuart Cove, where you’ll board a speed boat before being whisked out to the location off Grand Bahama Island.
Maui has no shortage of diving locations, but if you’re serious about diving with sharks, specifically scalloped hammerheads, Molokai is the place to go. Off its shores, you’ll find a spot called Fish Rain, where you’ll find gorgeous underwater lava formations and several species of sharks that are likely to be very interested in what you’re doing there!
If you’re a firm believer in the idea that “bigger is better,” Placencia is just about as good as it gets when it comes to diving with sharks. That’s because each year between March and June, the area is flooded with giant whale sharks. If you can time your trip to hit the coast around the full moon during the months mentioned above, your chances of spotting one of the gentle giants are even better.
I whale sharks are just too slow for your tastes, head north to California’s southern coast, which happens to be home to the shortfin mako shark. This species is one of the fastest swimmers in the ocean. Diving with these guys in the water around you will give you an up-close look at what can only be described as underwater bullets with teeth!