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Top Shark Diving Spots Around the World

Sharks are found far and wide in all shapes and sizes. From Reef Sharks in the Bahamas to Walking Sharks in Raja Ampat to schooling Hammerheads in Egypt, All Star Liveaboards offers plenty of opportunities to go out and see them!

Shark Diving in the Bahamas

An underwater photographer taking pictures of sharks in the Exumas

With Caribbean Reef Sharks on nearly every dive, the Exuma Cays are a perfect destination for shark lovers. From May to July, Blacknose Sharks can be seen schooling in the Blue Hole, and there’s always the chance to see other species such as Great Hammerheads!

Whether at the wreck of the Austin Smith or Split Coral Head in Eleuthera, these dive sites are perfect for a thrilling shark dive. Divers will often spot 10 or more reef sharks and some huge groupers. If we are lucky, the diving gods bestow appearances by hammerheads, lemon sharks, tiger sharks, bull sharks, whale sharks and the black nose shark.

Looking for a liveaboard to take you there? Aqua Cat was recently voted #1 Best Overall Liveaboard in the Caribbean/Atlantic again!

Egypt – Red Sea Shark Diving

The Red Sea is so sharky, All Star Scuba Scene has a designated shark expert! Dr. Elke Bojanowski hosts exciting Shark Week itineraries throughout peak shark seasons: May/June in the Deep South for schooling Hammerheads and October/November in BDE for Oceanic Whitetip encounters plus possible Hammerheads, Silkys, and even Threshers.

Elke is the founder of Red Sea Sharks Trust. Elke has been studying sharks in the Egyptian Red Sea for over 20 years. During this time she has tracked their migration and collected data using photo identification.

When joining a shark week trip, guests can sit in on lectures about Elke’s research and global threats against shark populations. Elke’s experience with sharks in Egypt has taught her how and where to find certain species of sharks that can be difficult to find. On a Brothers, Daedalus, Elphinstone itinerary you can spot oceanic whitetips, thresher sharks, hammerheads, silky and reef sharks.

Check the schedule to join a Shark Week trip with Elke.

Indonesia Shark Diving

Dive with whale sharks, Triton Bay, West Papua, Indonesia aboard All Star's Velocean Liveaboard.
Dive with whale sharks, Triton Bay, West Papua, Indonesia aboard All Star’s Velocean Liveaboard.

Indonesia is one of the top dive destinations in the world, but not necessarily because of its shark diving. In the heart of the coral triangle, most divers come for the coral, the macro-life or manta rays. While manta rays are in the same family as sharks, it’s not what we’re looking for when we say we want to dive with sharks.

Despite the fact that shark diving is not the primary draw to Indonesia, it’s still has some of the most unique shark encounters on earth. The Banda Sea is known for schooling hammerheads and in the October-November season it’s one of the most reliable places to experience schools of more hammerheads than you can count. Check out this video of the diving in Banda Sea.

If diving or snorkeling with whale sharks is on your bucket list, then Triton Bay should be towards the top of your list. Whale sharks reliably show up to fishing platforms in this region offering divers an up close and personal encounter. Can’t decide if you would rather see the schooling hammerheads or the whale sharks? Why not experience both! All Star Aurora offers transition trips that visit both Banda Sea and Triton Bay on the same itinerary.

Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina – Sharks, Sharks and More Sharks!

Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina Marine Park (also known as Gardens of the Queen), has some of the most pristine reefs in the Caribbean. The marine park is 800 sq. miles of protected reefs and mangrove islands. These mangroves act as a nursery for juvenile species keeping the reef stocked with a healthy fish population. Combine that with a marine park and its no-fish, no take protections and you find enormous goliath grouper and schools of silky sharks and reef sharks on nearly every dive. For those wanting an extra thrill, there are opportunities to snorkel with crocodiles in the mangroves.

All Star offers week-long liveaboard trips aboard Jardines Avalon to Jardines de la Reina departing every Saturday.