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About Sharks

There is nothing more amazing -- and perhaps a bit frightening -- than the sight of a shark when you are underwater. But if you are lucky enough to spend time with these magnificent creatures, you'll discover that they are one of the greatest sights to behold.

This is the general page for all species of sharks. You can also go to the specialized pages for Great White Sharks, Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, and Manta Rays.

Where to See Sharks

For snorkelers, the very best place to see a shark is the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Here you will be able to snorkel (in a cage) with sharks. See details below:

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For the single most incredible shark encounter you ever experience, go to Hawaii Shark Encounters in Shark Divers in Hawaii for snorkelers... Located on the North Shore of the island of Oahu, this tour takes you into the open ocean, nearly three miles off the coast, where you can observe Galapagos and Sandbar sharks in their natural environment from the safety of a cage. A floating cage is designed to keep humans and sharks safely separated from each other. No scuba experience is necessary as you can enter the cage from above and will stay on the surface using a mask and snorkel. Large Poly Glass windows will let you peer into the open ocean and watch the various sharks as they glide gracefully and effortless through the deep blue ocean. Curiosity will bring the sharks within inches of the glass windows. To be in the presence of such awe inspiring sharks will open your eyes and change the way you see sharks forever.

Scuba Diving with Sharks

San Francisco, California

If you want to see the Great White sharks, head to Farallon Islands, which are located off the coast of San Francisco. The best time period is between the months of September and November. It is a frightful experience: cages are lowered ten to fifteen feet into the ocean water, and dead fish (chum) are placed into the water to attract the great white sharks. It is not necessary to scuba, as you will be supplied with breathable air from a hose from the surface. It is simple, if you can snorkel, you can dive with sharks. As long as you're in reasonably good health, and meet minimum age requirements, you can cage dive with big great white sharks. See Great White Sharks Adventure.

Another option is Cage Diver. You will Cage dive with Great White Sharks, in cages the size of cars, in the world's largest shark cage - and you don't even have to be a diver. The Great White Shark day expedition begins when you board the shark boat, departing from Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. The great white sharks feed on the population of seals who inhabit the Farallones. These dives are offered on a select number of Saturdays and Sundays, running late-September through November.

North Carolina's Outer Banks

The outer banks of North Carolina is well known as a hot spot for viewing sharks (Scuba divers only). The shipwrecks of North Carolina are well stocked with resident Sand Tiger Sharks. Certain wrecks tend to have more sharks, including the "Carib Sea" and the Papoose. The sand tiger sharks are very docile and easily approached with slow movements. No chum is used in these encounters. Divers explore the wrecks which are generally in the 15 to 40 meter depth range and as the sand tiger sharks move around each superstructure the sharks materialize out of the gloom. Generally the Sand Tiger Sharks maintain a distance of a few meters but occasionally one will let a diver approach within a few inches. One very good choice, the one that I used, is the Olympus Dive Center which offers Shark Dives, located in Morehead, North Carolina. Trips are run during the summer months only.

This area of North Carolina is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic due to its high number of shipwrecks. These shipwrecks attract numerous fish, which in turn attract the sand tiger sharks. Dozens of these sharks hover like zeppelins around these wrecks. This is one of the few places on earth where shark encounters are almost a guarantee with no chum or bait of any kind. ~ Andy DeHart

Rhode Island

Captain Charlie Donilon runs a Snappa charter tours from Point Judith to see sharks off Rhode Island from the months of June through September. Scuba divers will view shark in the "anti shark cage," where the dimensions are 5 feet wide, 6 1/2 feet long and 7 1/2 feet high. The shark cage is constructed of 1" anodized aluminum pipe. The shark cage will be located on the surface or lowered to a depth of roughly 7 feet deep. For non-scuba divers, a floating cage (often called the "playpen") gives the same view of the sharks, but at the surface of the water, perfect for snorkelers. Off the Rhode Island coast, the blue shark is the most common shark you will likely encounter. The blue shark ranges in size from 4 to 13 feet, and weighs 30 to 350 pounds. You may also encounter other sharks, including the Mako sharks and Basking Sharks. See Snapp Shark Cage Diving.


Want a field guide to identify sharks. Or want to schedule a dedicated shark diving trip. This website is amazing: Elasmodivers Shark Field Guide!


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Hawaii Shark Encounters

Snapp Shark Cage Diving

Olympus Dive Center

Elasmodivers Shark Field Guide