By Shalmali Jadhav
Shark cage diving is truly a one-of-a-kind experience that lets you encounter some of the fiercest, yet most majestic, creatures that roam the oceans. Considered to be amongst the most exciting adventure experiences in the world, shark cage diving is an activity that is on the bucket list of almost every adventurous traveller. We have compiled a list of some of the world’s best places where you can reliably dive with great white sharks – the largest known predatory fish in the world.
Gansbaai, South Africa
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Often referred to as the “Great White Shark Capital of the World” Gansbaai is a premier cage diving location that promises to offer a truly thrilling experience. If you happen to be in Cape Town and you feel in the mood for a tête-a-tête with a Great White, head for Gansbaai. Beneath the waves just 8km offshore from Cape Town, between two islands populated with Cape Fur Seals and Penguins, lays a channel ominously nicknamed ‘Shark Alley’. This is the dive site and it’s packed full of fins. If you need an added bonus, a continental breakfast is included!
Guadelupe Island, Mexico
Over many years, the Isla Guadalupe has gradually become a favourite amongst Great White diving enthusiasts. It’s now acknowledged as one of the top spots in the world to climb into a cage and duck into the blue. The warm waters and the great visibility of waters have made this island, a cage diving paradise for all.
Tiger Beach, Bahamas
Apparently, known as Tiger Beach, this Beach in the Bahamas offers you the most enthralling free caging experience and that too with the Tiger Sharks. Yes, that’s right- free caging! Most diving expeditions here guarantee an up-close sighting of these toothy creatures, which can grow up to about 16 feet in length.
Neptune Islands, Australia
Another destination for the cage diving experience, which is also the home for sea lions and the hunting place for the hungry sharks. The cherry on the cake is the crystal clear water which gives the visibility up to 25 m. The best to go shark caging is from May to October.
Stewart Island, New Zealand
This island is an isolated beauty with most of the part of the island covered as a national park and only 400 residents. Romantically named as Rakiura, or Glowing Skies, in Maori, it’s a haven for nature lovers and hikers alike. And then, of course, there’s cage diving with Great White Sharks.
So, take in the excitement and heart-pounding experience of being face-to-face with a spine-chilling great toothed shark, protected only by the steel rungs of a submerged cage and make it a go!