Sharks have quite a bad reputation, one not helped by the Stephen Spielberg film “Jaws” while it is at least understandable that the thought of a big, sharp-toothed predator is swimming underwater beneath you – the chances of a shark deliberately attacking you are slim.
There are many places in the world where, similarly to dolphins, you can actually swim with sharks. It can be an awe-inspiring experience, one that could change any misconceptions you had about these underwater beauties, and at the very least, it will pump large amounts of adrenaline. Where exactly though, are the best places to dive and swim with sharks?
This group of islands off the coast of Ecuador is renowned for their rich and varied fauna and flora. Besides these points of interest, the Galapagos Islands are also home to some of the best places to dive, where you can see schools of Hammerhead sharks. You can also see the native Galapagos shark, as well Whale sharks, Silky sharks and Whitetip sharks.
Cocos Island, Costa Rica
This is for the experienced divers out there only. Off the Costa Rican coast, Cocos Island lies on a water that reportedly is home to more sharks per cubic yard than anywhere else is. It is common for divers to see large schools of Hammerheads, literally hundreds of these sharks swimming together. Along with the peculiar Hammerheads, there are also Whale sharks, Galapagos sharks, Silky sharks, Blacktip sharks, Silvertip sharks, Whitetip sharks and the fearsome Tiger sharks. All this and the warm climate make this a definitely area for shark fans to visit.
This is probably the best place to dive in Africa to see sharks & has been named by locals as the “World Capital of the Great White Shark” and is home to the world famous Shark Alley. A stretch of water that quite possibly has more great white sharks than any other waterway in the world. As well as diving and swimming with these feared creatures, from Seal Island nearby you may see great whites hunting seals. Without any exaggeration, they jump out of the water and attack the seals. You can either watch the sharks from the safety of a boat or dive with a cage for protection to get a bit more up close and personal with them. The great thing about the diving spots in this area is that you do not need certification for many of them, so you can take part using a snorkel.
Isla Holbox, Mexico
If you want to know the best place on the planet to see the biggest and most laidback of all sharks, the Whale shark, then you need consider visiting this Mexican island. The locals normally refer to whale sharks as dominos, due to the unique white spots on their back. Even though these sharks can grow up to and around 30 ft long, they only eat plankton so it is perfectly safe to swim with them.
We mentioned Jaws in the opening paragraph and that film took inspiration from real life shark attacks that happened off the coast of New Jersey near Rhode Island. However, nowadays you are more likely to see seaboard sharks than Grey White sharks. Of all the sharks in this area, there is a greater number of Blue sharks. As well as Blue sharks, you can also expect to see Basking sharks and Mako sharks.
There you have it, 5 of the best places to dive and swim with sharks in the world. Regardless of whether you have the time, money or inclination to visit all those destinations, you will definitely see some sharks and in all probability swim with them.
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