BEST PLACES FOR SHARK DIVING (IF YOU DARE!)
Can you imagine being in the water with spectacular sharks? Is it your dream? Well, we want to help you to make it happen! From Smoking we love adrenaline, and if we recently talked about bungee jumping, today we want to tell you the best places in the world for shark diving. Do you dare?
Best shark diving in the world
Bajo Alcyone – Cocos Island
Have you ever seen a hammerhead shark? Well, all divers who are looking to swim with this type of shark, go to Cocos Island. This Island is popular for that reason, it’s a very recognized destination around the world to dive with hammerhead sharks.
You can enjoy this experience all over the Island, but where you will find more sharks, is in the Lower Alcyone part, an 82-foot seamount!
We recommend that you first dive to the top of this mount and find a safe area. From that point, you can enjoy breathtaking views!
When to go? To enjoy watching marine life, we recommend you go from June to November, and if you want the best water conditions, from December to May.
It’s of the utmost importance that you are an advanced-level diver. Enjoy!
Tiger Beach – Grand Bahama Island
This beach is located in the Bahamas, known as the best destination for diving with sharks in the world! You can find from reef sharks to whitetip sharks and hammerhead sharks.
But do you know where the best point is? At Tiger Beach. If you are a diving enthusiast, you surely know which island it is. And its name says it all, you can swim with tiger sharks!
Divers wait on the sandy bottom for sharks to appear and spin around. If you are lucky, you will also be able to see lemon sharks and nurse sharks.
And you’re in luck! If you are a beginner you can do this type of diving, although we recommend doing it in a group. Also, the best months to do it are from October to January.
Monad Shoal – Malapascua
In the Philippines, you can find many places to swim with reef sharks, zebra sharks, and whale sharks. Although this sounds spectacular, there is an area of the Philippines for diving with sharks that is essential!
It’s Monad Shoal, located specifically in Malapascua. It’s the best place in the world to swim with thresher sharks. You just have to stand 30 meters and wait for the thresher sharks to arrive.
We assure you that on this tropical island, you will have an unforgettable experience! If you are at an advanced level, don’t think twice, this wild tail shark is going to amaze you!
The type of dive is “Ridge” and we recommend you go from November to June.
Isla Guadalupe, Mexico
Here you can dive with white sharks, the dream of any diver! It’s considered one of the four best places in the world to dive with sharks.
Guadalupe Island is a favorite for divers, as it has amazing transparent and warm waters. In addition, it does not matter if you are at an advanced level or a beginner level, since there is the option of diving using open cages!
Do you know how to get to the Island? You have to take into account that it can only be accessed via a dive cruise. We also recommend going from July to November.
Gordon Rocks – Galapagos Islands
Did you know that the Galapagos Islands is one of the three destinations that are said to make up the shark triangle? Along with Malpelo Island and Coco Island.
These islands are recognized mainly because there are many hammerhead sharks. Even so, a place that you cannot miss and that is known as “the mecca of diving with sharks”, is Gordon Rock.
This place is a crater that is located near the island of Santa Cruz, and thanks to the great currents, there is where you can see more hammerhead sharks, large and smooth sharks.
You have to bear in mind that this type of diving can only be done by people with experience in diving in currents. In this way, if you have an intermediate or advanced level and have experience with currents, we recommend living this experience.
The type of dive is “Drift” and we recommend doing it from June to November.
Pipín – Jardines de la Reina
These Gardens located in Cuba are one of the most famous destinations in the world to dive with sharks. Keep in mind that you can only access it by liveaboard, it’s a protected area that has many areas to dive with sharks.
Specifically, in Pipín, you can swim with silky sharks and reef sharks in just one dive!
Therefore, the type of dive is “Wall”, and a beginner level! If you like diving and want to discover incredible marine species, you have to dive in this place! We recommend doing it from December to April.
Gladden Spit, Placencia, Belize
Do you want to dive with whale sharks? You have to go to Belize! Specifically, Gladden Spit, located near Palencia.
These big sharks are attracted there by the fish eggs and you will see a lot of them! The best opportunity to see these sharks is before and after the full moon.
The type of diving is open ocean and is recommended for people of an intermediate level. You must go from March to June!
Beqa Lagoon, Fiji
This place is very popular and is considered one of the best places in the world to dive. It is called “Beqa Lagoon” and it’s located near the southern part of Viti.
In one day, approximately 50 sharks or more, appear! The type of shark that you will see the most is the bull shark. However, there are also lemon, nodriza, blacktip, silvertip, whitetip, and tiger sharks!
The type of diving is “Reef” and it’s recommended from a beginner level. You will have to go from July to September, you already have plans for the summer!
The Canyons – Rangiroa
The Canyons is one of the most famous dive sites in French Polynesia. Most of what advanced divers do is dive into the mouth of the pass, seek refuge in a cavern, and wait for the sharks to appear.
The sharks that can be seen the most are the gray reef ones, and when they appear most is with the strong currents from June to July. At the beginning of the year, you won’t be able to see a large number of sharks, but the ones you will see the most are hammerheads.
Pyramid Rock – False Bay
Did you know that South Africa is very famous in the world of diving? It contains a large number of white sharks and also a migration of sardines and cow sharks!
It’s a unique experience since the cow sharks are not very seen! You can dive into the shallow forest to see this shark.
The type of diving is kelp forest and if you are a beginner, you are welcome! We recommend you to go from May to August, and do the diving with a wetsuit or a 7 mm suit.
Jupiter has a lemon shark migration every winter month! These sharks, capable of growing up to 4 meters, arrive with the Gulf Stream. You can also see bull sharks!
If you are a beginner you can easily dive here, it’s a wreck and deep ledge dive. We recommend you go from December to March.
San Diego, California
Do you know about shortfin mako sharks? They are fast sharks found in Southern California, and they travel to San Diego from June to November. They are predatory sharks but they are harmless, they also usually travel with blue sharks.
The type of diving is kelp forest and you can dive at a beginner level!
North Queensland, Australia
The best place to see sharks is Osprey Reef, where there are silvertip sharks, gray sharks, wobbegongs, and many more!
This place is full of sharks and you will not get bored at all! We recommend going from June to August, which is when there are more sharks. And if you are a beginner, this type of diving is for you!