Are you a thrill-seeker unfazed by the dangers of life and searching for an alternative hair-raising experience besides skydiving and bungee jumping? Then you might want to consider the exciting opportunity of swimming freely with sharks. If that thought is too intimidating, you can stick to a safer option of marvelling at the majestic creatures from a shark-proof cage.
From Maldives’ Baa Atoll, Malaysia’s Pulau Layang-Layang to Philippines’ Donsol Bay, here are 8 Places Where You Can Get Up Close and Personal With Real Life Sharks.
#1 BAA ATOLL, MALDIVES
While Maldives may be a popular honeymoon destination amongst newlyweds, it is too renowned for its selection of adrenaline-pumping activities. Head to Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, where you can dive alongside whale sharks and manta rays.
#2 DONSOL BAY, PHILIPPINES
Philippines’ Donsol Bay arguably boasts the world’s biggest school of whale sharks. A typical whale shark at Donsol Bay measures about 4 – 12 metres and you can snorkel beside these lovely large wild animals. For best sightings, visit during the months of February to April.
#3 GANSBAAI, SOUTH AFRICA
Over at Gansbaai, South Africa, visitors get to experience a near-death encounter with Great White Sharks. Enter a shark cage – that holds up to 22 passengers – and immerse into the waters where you get to see these wild sharks close up. White Shark Diving Company has a 100% safety record and promises to refund everyone’s money if no sharks are spotted.
#4 GUADALUPE ISLAND, MEXICO
Located 265 kilometres west of coastal Mexican city Ensenada, Guadalupe Island is one of the world’s best location for viewing of sharks. The fact alone is a huge draw and has attracted many wildlife photographers and videographers to come forth and shoot amazing footage.
#5 LAYANG-LAYANG, MALAYSIA
Layang-Layang aka Swallow Reef is a secluded atoll consisting of 13 linked coral reefs. Situated in the South China Sea, the clear waters grant advanced divers a spectacular underwater view of Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks. You may also catch a glimpse of dolphins and eagle rays.
#6 NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a bait or film videos of sharks upfront? Well, you can now experience firsthand on being trailed by sharks and have a go at shark videography at Stuart Cove. Don’t worry you will not be eaten up in the midst of these thrilling programmes!
#7 PACIFIC HARBOUR, FIJI
Should seeing as many shark species at one go be your ultimate goal, then a dive at Fiji’s Pacific Harbour would be ideal – divers get to see up to eight different breeds of sharks! Join a guided underwater tour with either Aqua Trek or The Shark Dive; both reputable companies take immense pride in ensuring visitors have a safe and memorable sea expedition.
#8 PORT LINCOLN, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Down Under’s very first Shark Cage Diving is located at Port Lincoln, South Australia. The Australian company is great for those who have no prior experiences and diving certifications. Participants are granted 45 minutes of staying in the cage and being in proximity with the Great White Sharks.