TOP SHARK LOCATIONS FOR 2017
Last year was a great year for shark encounters and hopefully 2017 will be even better. If you are a shark enthusiast, Regaldive have a great range of holiday options. Here is just a taste of our top shark-diving locations: SOUTH AFRICA If you want some great shark action, what could be better than the shark hotspots of South Africa and Mozambique? Although there’s always plenty to see, including hammerheads, tigers, blacktips and bulls, May is the time that the ragged tooth sharks take up residence on Aliwal
Shoals. A shark to impress your non-diving friends as, with their mouth full of big teeth, they look far scarier than they actually are. ‘Raggies’ usually stay until the end of November, so now’s the time to plan your visit.
The Maldives is a popular location for seeing a few varieties of shark, most commonly whitetips and grey reef sharks. Although the whitetips are usually very calm and lethargic during the day, they certainly get a bit more active at night. They are often seen darting around the reef, trying to beat each other to the next unsuspecting fish to snack on. Our guests returning from Maldives liveaboards are giving enthusiastic reports of a very interesting night dive with nurse sharks. Although one of the most docile of sharks, it turns into a very exhilarating experience when you get 40 to 50 swarming all around you! THE BAHAMAS The Bahamas are justifiably famous for their shark diving. Some sharks can be seen very close and personal, mainly Caribbean reef sharks, nurse sharks and lemon sharks. But others such as bull sharks,
hammerheads and even oceanic whitetips can all be found, with the waters of Nassau and the Exuma Cays being the most easily accessible areas. A famous location that is worth a visit from June to August is Tiger Beach, so called because of the numbers of tiger sharks that turn up in the warm shallow water. Known for coming in nice and close, some of the sharks, such as Emma, are famous the world over. With years of experience, the local operators will provide you with an amazing encounter. THE GALAPAGOS The seas surrounding the Galapagos support a large concentration of the marine life that makes it such a superb dive destination. Certainly no dive itinerary to the Galapagos is complete without a visit to the remote outposts of Wolf and Darwin to the north, where schools of
hammerheads, as well as dolphins and rays, make these islands a real highlight for divers. The whaleshark aggregation occurs in the warmer water surrounding these islands. Many other shark species also make regular appearances, as well as species that you are unlikely to see elsewhere, including the Galapagos shark. RED SEA The Red Sea has always been good for sharks, but the last couple of years have been exceptional, especially on the ‘Simply the Best’ itinerary. Maybe it’s because there are fewer divers about. We are hearing feedback such as “saw hammerheads on every dive at Daedalus” and “great to get so close to so many oceanic whitetips” from guests on our Red Sea Liveaboard trips. The best time for these encounters is from June through to November.