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. A good example of a shark diving ‘hotspot’ is Cocos Island, off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, where schooling scalloped hammerhead sharks are seasonally encountered in incredible numbers.
Although this section of SharksAndRays highlights many elasmobranch hotspots, it is by no means exhaustive. If you feel that a particular shark diving hotspot deserves to be added to the list, please drop us a line and we’ll take a look.
EUROPE AND NORTH AFRICA
El Cabron, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Common angel sharks.
Los Gigantes, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Common stingrays, common eagle rays.
The Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, UK
Basking sharks, smallspotted catsharks.
Isles of Mull, Coll, and Tiree, Scotland
Aliwal Shoal, Umkomaas, South Africa
Blacktip sharks, tiger sharks, raggedtooth sharks (Sandtigers), and bull sharks.
Cape Point, South Africa
Blue and mako sharks.
Simonstown, False Bay, South Africa
Breaching great white sharks, catsharks, and sevengill sharks.
Dyer Island, South Africa
Great white sharks.
Gansbaai, South Africa
Great white sharks.
WESTERN ATLANTIC / CARIBBEAN
Santa Lucia, Cuba
Jardin de la Reina (Garden of the Queens), Cuba
Silkt sharks and Caribbean reef sharks.
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Whale sharks and mantas.
Isla Holbox, Mexico
Stingray City, Grand Cayman
St Maarten, Netherland Antilles
Blacknose sharks and Caribbean reef sharks.
Tiger Beach, Bahamas
Tiger sharks, great hammerheads, Caribbean reef sharks, bull sharks, lemon sharks.
Caribbean reef sharks.
Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras
Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada
Guadalupe Island, Baja California, Mexico
Great white sharks.
Morehead City / Outer Banks, North Carolina, USA
San Diego, California, USA
Blue sharks and mako sharks
Venice, Louisiana, USA
Dusky and silky Sharks
Tiger sharks, lemon sharks, bull sharks, sandbar sharks.
Blue and mako sharks, spiny dogfish.
EASTERN TROPICAL PACIFIC
Smalltooth sandtiger sharks, scalloped hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays, mobulas, mantas, and whale sharks
Cocos Island, Costa Rica
Scalloped hammerheads, silkies, silvertips, prickly sharks, Galapagos sharks, whitetip reef sharks, and marble rays.
Revillagigedo Archipelago (Socorro)
Oceanic manta rays, scalloped hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, silvertips, whitetip reef sharks, diamond and longtail stingrays.
El Bajo Seamount, La Paz, Baja Peninsula, Mexico
Scalloped Hammerheads (sometimes).
Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico
Blue sharks, mako sharks, smooth hammerheads, and silkies.
Wolf and Darwin Islands, Northern Galapagos, Ecuador
Scalloped hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, whitetip reef sharks, silky sharks, and whale Sharks.
Fernandina Island, Southern Galapagos, Ecuador
Galapagos Bullhead Sharks.
Fakarava, French Polynesia
Grey reef sharks, blacktips, blacktip reef sharks, reef whitetips and nurse sharks
Rangiroa, French Polynesia
Grey reef sharks, great hammerheads, blacktip reef sharks, reef whitetips.
Nuku Hiva, Marquesa Archipelago, French Polynesia
Scalloped hammerheads, blacktip sharks, reef blacktip sharks, silvertips, and reef mantas.
RED SEA, INDIAN OCEAN AND SOUTHEAST ASIA
Elphinstone Reef, Egypt
Oceanic whitetip sharks, pelagic thresher sharks.
Monad Shoal/Malapascua Island, Philippines
Pelagic thresher sharks, bamboo sharks, and coral catsharks.
Banded houndsharks, Japanese bullhead sharks.
Izu Peninsula Japan
Japanese angelsharks, Japanese wobbegongs, scalloped hammerheads.
Yonaguni Island, Japan
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Dangerous Reef, South Australia
Great white sharks
Fish Rock, Southwest Rocks, NSW, Australia
Wobbegong sharks and grey nurse sharks (sandtigers).
Hamelin Bay, Western Australia
Cobbler wobbegongs and necklace carpet sharks.
Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Whale sharks, whitetip reef sharks, tasseled wobbegongs, ward’s wobbegong sharks.
Poor Knights, New Zealand
Schooling marble rays, NZ swellsharks.