Top 3 Places to Scuba Dive With Sharks | Guadalupe Island
Shark divers from around the world call us to as this simple question all the time, “where’s the BEST places to dive with sharks?”
Big sharks can be intimidating when you first encounter them, but diving with them under the guidance of a professional shark crew to show you the way will give you a new appreciation of these magnificent animals. In fact, they are amazing fish to see in their natural habitat either in the Bahamas, Mexico, or California which is where our Top Three Shark Diving Destinations are. Let’s go shark cage diving!
#1 Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Great White Sharks
It’s official the GREATEST destination on the planet to go cage diving with white sharks is….Guadalupe Island! Since 2000, one vessel has called Guadalupe Island home, America’s Shark Boat. The original and still the best option for novice divers and non divers alike to encounter giant white sharks safely, without busting your shark diving budget.
Along with South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Guadalupe Island tops the global list of the best places in the world to cage dive with great white sharks. This small volcanic island lies approximately 150 miles off Baja California in Mexico and is home to approximately 2340 great white sharks from June to November. America’s Shark Boat at Guadalupe Island offers the unique experience of surface cages and amazing close white shark encounters. Because of the large population of sharks, clarity of the water and depth of the cages, minimal chumming is required to see up to 15 sharks in a single day. While it may not be the easiest place to reach, Isla Guadalupe remains the best great white shark cage diving experience in the world now going into its 19th year!
#2 Bahamas Tiger Beach
Like great white sharks, no Top Three Shark Diving mention is complete without Tiger Beach, Bahamas. About an hour by shark boat from the West End of Grand Bahama, Tiger Beach is famous and aptly named for its resident tiger sharks.Tiger Beach in the Bahamas is perhaps the world’s best tiger shark diving location on the planet, renowned for its clear, calm waters and seasoned population of tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier). Professional shark photographers, shark videographers, shark researchers and shark lovers alike rave about the ease in which you can dive cageless with this exciting shark species. Numerous additional species of shark also frequent this area, with opportunities to shark dive tiger sharks, caribbean reef sharks, lemon sharks, hammerheads and more. It is a shark divers dream liveaboard shark vacation
The best time to dive Tiger Beach is between October and January when the sharks use the area as a breeding ground. For photographers, this is the place for Tiger Sharks. The 20-foot (7-meter) depth gives plenty of light and the sandy bottom is an excellent backdrop. Your friends are sure to be jealous of your underwater captures after a trip to Tiger Beach.
#3 Blue Shark and Mako Diving California
Blue sharks and mako sharks are not the killers once thought by seafarers the world over, in fact they are some of the more docile shark species, but that doesn’t mean you can let your guard down. As you know, the ocean is full of a diversity of marine life – and California off the coast of San Diego is a marine serengeti of blue sharks and mako sharks waiting to be met. Blue and mako sharks are arguably two of the most beautiful shark species with colours of blue and silver that stretch beyond your imagination. Dive in to the warm, blue water and experience these awesome sharks of “the deep”. Schools of yellow and longfin tuna together with sightings of pelagic birds, whales and dolphins round off this amazing experience off the coast of California. This is another world which every ocean enthusiast should experience at least once in their lifetime.
So that’s our Top Three Shark Diving Destinations. You may a few a few of you own you want to share, reach out to America’s Shark Boat and let us know. Let’s go diving with great white sharks at Guadalupe Island!