Shark Diving Hotspots
Great Shark and Ray Dives
around the World
Although sharks and rays may be encountered
throughout the world's oceans, there are certain areas where either
through natural occurrence or artificial encouragement, particular species
are vastly more plentiful or accessible. An example of this is the shark
diving off Cocos
Island, 300 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, where schooling Scalloped
hammerheads are seasonally encountered in incredible
numbers. This section of Elasmodiver has been created to highlight some of
these elasmobranch "hotspots" and to critique the live-aboards, dive shops, and
resorts that facilitate divers getting to them. The expansion of this area will
be a slow process and one that will not necessarily list the various locations
in order of global significance. Rather, as Elasmodiver is able to visit each
location we will attempt to deliver an unbiased and useful assessment of aspects
such as shark numbers, variety, and reliability, as well as professionalism,
ethical conduct, and value of the operators. What could be finer than the
prospect of dogmatically diving the great shark filled sites of the world in
search of the ultimate encounter!
Aliwal Shoal, Umkomaas, South Africa - Blacktip
Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Raggedtooth Sharks and Bull Sharks.
Cape Point, South Africa - Blue and Mako Sharks
Simons Town, False Bay, South Africa -
Breaching Great Whites, Catsharks and Sevengills.
Atlantic Mexico, Caribbean and The Bahamas
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
- Bull Sharks
Mexico - Whale Sharks
Stingray City, Grand Cayman
- Southern Stingrays.
St Maarten, Netherland Antilles
- Blacknose and Caribbean Reef Sharks.
Tiger Beach, Bahamas - Tiger Sharks, Great Hammerheads, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Bull
Sharks, and Lemon Sharks.
Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras - Whale sharks
Australian Shark Diving Hotspots
Fish Rock, Southwest Rocks, NSW, Australia - Wobbegong
sharks and Sandtigers.
Hamelin Bay, Western Australia
- Cobbler Wobbegong, Necklace Carpet Shark.
Ningaloo Reef, western
Australia - Whale Sharks, Whitetip Reef, Tasseled
Wobbegong, Wards Wobbegong shark.
European Shark Diving Hotspots
Cabron, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands - Common
Gigantes, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Stingrays, Common Eagle Rays
Peninsula, Cornwall, UK - Basking Sharks.
North America Shark Diving Hotspots
Quadra Island, British
Columbia, Canada - Spiny Dogfish.
Guadalupe Island, Baja California, Mexico
- Great White Sharks.
Hornby Island, British
Columbia, Canada - Sixgill Sharks.
Moorhead City /
Outer Banks, North
Carolina, USA - Sandtiger Sharks.
Island Blue Water, California, USA - Blue sharks and Mako
- Dusky and Silky Sharks.
Eastern Tropical Pacific Shark Diving Hotspots
- Smalltooth Sandtiger Sharks, Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos
Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Mobulas, Manatas and Whale Sharks.
Cocos Island, Costa Rica
- Scalloped Hamerheads, Silkies, Silvertips, Prickly Sharks, Galapagos, Whale
sharks, Whitetip Reef sharks, and Marble Rays.
Revillagigedo Archipelago (Socorro) - Giant
Manta Rays, Scalloped Hammers, Galapagos Sharks, Silky Sharks, Silvertips
and Whitetip Reef Sharks.
Indo Pacific Shark Diving Hotspots
Shoal/Malapascua Island, Philippines - Pelagic
Thresher Sharks and Bamboo Sharks.
Burma Banks / Silvertip Bank, Myanmar
Silvertip Sharks and Tawny Nurse.
Cape Point, cape Town south africa
- Makos and Blue Sharks.
Dangerous Reef, South Australia
Darwin Island, Galapagos Islands,
Equador - Galapagos, Whitetip,
and Whale Sharks.
Dyer Island, South Africa
- Great White
El Bajo Seamount, La Paz, Baja Peninsula, Mexico
- Scalloped Hammerheads.
- Oceanic Whitetip Sharks
Farallon Islands, California, USA.
Great White Sharks.
Polynesia - Grey reef sharks, blacktips, blacktip reef sharks, reef
whitetips and nurse sharks.
Nassau, Bahamas - Caribbean Reef Sharks.
Poor Knights, New Zealand
Santa Lucia, Cuba
- Bull Sharks
Walkers Cay, Bahamas
- Caribbean Reef
Sharks and Bull Sharks.