For many people, a vacation in the Bahamas means spending your days relaxing on the beach. However, there are also plenty of tourists seeking an adventure.
If you fall into the second category, swimming with sharks certainly fits the bill.
There are numerous outfits throughout the Bahamas that offer the opportunity to get up close and personal with the toothy creatures. And believe it or not, many species of shark are actually extremely diver friendly, giving vacationers the chance to swim amongst them in their favorite spots along the coast.
Some of the best places to find sharks are in the deep waters that hug the coastlines of many islands, including the Exuma, Bimini, Abaco and New Providence.
Below we have compiled a simple guide for first timers who are looking for a little excitement and adventure during their next trip to the Bahamas.
WHERE CAN I SWIM WITH SHARKS?
You will find many different companies throughout the Bahamas that offer the chance to swim with sharks. One popular excursion is the Exuma Powerboat Adventure, which leaves from Paradise Island. This trip offers a full day of fun and includes an optional shark experience. Exuma is indeed an amazing destination for all kinds of marine life.
Stuart Cove, located in western New Providence (or Nassau), is a particularly well-known diving operation with programs specific for shark enthusiasts. Gregory Sweeney Photo Adventures gets you right up close to hammerheads and bull sharks in Bimini.
Dive centers throughout the Bahamas work hard to ensure the sharks are drawn to specific sites throughout the islands, giving people the opportunity to catch a glimpse of them on a very personal level.
Another popular spot to swim with sharks and witness a feeding frenzy is in the mangroves of the Bahamas. Mangroves can be found on many different islands, so you should have no problem finding the perfect spot. In addition to organized dives, you can also expect to run into a shark or two randomly when you are out on a normal dive. Be sure to keep your eyes open!
EXPECT TO SEE MANY SPECIES VARIETIES OF SHARKS
Bahamian waters are home to many different species of shark, including lemon, bull, tiger, hammerhead, Caribbean reef, silky, nurse and black tip sharks.
Bahamian sharks typically travel in large numbers, which can be attributed to the smell of dead fish scrap that many dive centers use to entice them.
If you opt for a guided shark diving adventure, you are guaranteed the experience of a lifetime.
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