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Sharks are the most sophisticated predators of the sea and have fascinated people for years, especially since the release of Shark horror films such as the infamous Jaws, Deep Blue Sea, In the Deep, Open Water and the ‘classic’ Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus!
This fascination has recently become more of a tourist attraction and adrenaline junkies all over the world travel to shark infested waters to see these beautiful and deadly beasts. If you are a shark enthusiast and want to get up close and personal then here are the top 10 sites for shark diving, watching and feeding.
1. Cocoas Island, Costa Rica
On this true ‘Desert Island’ off the coast of Costa Rica is where you will find hundreds of Hammerhead sharks along with White Tip Sharks, Bull Sharks and Whale Sharks. This island is the world’s largest uninhabited island and so you are unable to actually stay there, any diving has to be done on a live aboard trip. However if you are able to find somewhere near enough to get to Cocoas Island by boat then it is well worth it! For the best experience you will need to be PADI qualified to dive two around 40metres where you will then be able to go to Alcyone Rock where schools of Hammerheads gather.
2. Rocas Atoll, Brazil
Less than 200miles from mainland Brazil this Island has a tiny population and is virtually undisturbed or commercialised by tourism. With few boats ruining the shores and shallows not only is the snorkeling out of this world, but as there are relatively few people or boats to scare away any fish or sharks meaning that there is the opportunity to see schools of up to 35 Lemon Sharks as well as spotting the odd nurse Sharks and Reef Sharks.
3. Rhode Island
Rhode Island is supposed the place to go for Cage Diving with Sharks. With a variety of Sharks gracing its shores including basking sharks, Blue Sharks and the Mako Shark. A good place to go if you are travelling with someone who does not wish to actually get in the water as often they can see enough from the boat without worrying about losing limbs!
4. Nassau, Bahamas
A prime diving location in general with a huge variety of underwater creatures. Cage diving in the Bahamas is going to get you face to face with one of the most dangerous species of Sharks, the Tiger Shark. Other species of Sharks in the Bahamas are Lemon Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks and Reef Sharks. Shark feeding in the Bahamas is an opportunity not to be missed, you will probably be with Reef Sharks as they are less aggressive than some of its fellow finned friends.
5. Gansbaai, South Africa
Great White Sharks, the Don of the sea. South Africa is undoubtedly the best place in the world to see ‘Jaws’. You are pretty much guaranteed to see a Great White Shark whether you are cage diving with great whites or simply watching from the surface. The islands of Dyer and Geyser Rock are practically a Drive-Thru restaurants for the most feared fish in the sea, making this an ideal location for the shark enthusiast. Many famous Shark photographers have taken their most valued shots here, mind you, if you’re a fan of seals and penguins…..probably not best as unfortunately they are on the menu.
6. Neptune Island, Australia
Another spot for Great White Shark diving, with ample food and rocky underwater crevices to hide in. Neptune Island is best visited between May and October and is accessed by boat from Port Lincoln and there are a variety of different Shark diving trips you can do whether you are looking just for a taster or a few days of ‘Jaw’ dropping action!
7. Guadalupe Island, Mexico
Even if you are not into Sharks this place is amazing. A desolate volcanic island boasting some of the most incredible, beautiful and downright weird plant life. This is a hot spot for Great White Sharks in the summer months as well as Pacific Blue Sharks.
The best place to see Whale Sharks which are the largest of its species, a personal favorite as you are able to safely swim around and touch this spectacular creature without the risk of losing a limb. Here you can also meet the Manta Ray (watch out for its stinger!) and experience some very impressive reefs so an underwater camera is a must.
9. Beqa, Fiji
Home to the largest variety of ‘travelling’ sharks, here you can see Bull Sharks, Lemon Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Nurse Sharks and Reef Sharks. Shark feeding is offered by a number of companies where you can get up close and personal with their infinite toothed friends.
10. Cebu, Philippines
This is one of the few places in the world where the elusive Thresher Shark can be spotted easily. Sharks roam these waters 12 months of a year where you can see Whale Sharks, Reef Sharks, Bamboo Sharks and Nurse Sharks. If you do decide to visit the Philippines you will also experience a variety of non-shark marine life for those who are not thrill seeking danger addicts!
If you wish to test your nerve on a shark diving holiday please visit http://www.holidaysafe.co.uk/ for a sports travel insurance quotation you travel insurance can cover this activity from as little as £20.55 for one week weekPlease note, Holidaysafe's online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.
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