Swimming with Sharks: A Bucket List Cruise Experience
The idea of willingly diving into shark-filled waters on a cruise excursion is not for the faint of heart. But it's one of those bucket list experiences that will guarantee you serious post-vacation bragging rights. Before you take the plunge, watch as we dive into the deep blue waters of Freeport, Bahamas to show you what it's like to swim with one of the ocean's most powerful creatures.
Mingle with Sharks in These Caribbean Islands
While divers are required to be scuba certified in order to book a dive with Bahama Divers, the 3-hour excursion allows guests to explore the waters of Nassau and encounter shipwrecks, coral reefs, colorful fish and--you guessed it--sharks.
Grand Turk Shore Excursions (part of Ocean Vibes Family) offers catamaran tours where you can snorkel with nurse sharks. The "Splash and Dash" tour takes guests to Cotton Cay island, located three-and-a-half miles away, for some rum and R&R to accompany the adventurous snorkeling experience.
Cozumel and La Paz
Cozumel offers one of the most popular experiences in the Caribbean: getting up close and personal with whale sharks. As the world's largest fish species, these babies are a wonder to behold (since it's not every day you get to swim beside a 40 ft, 15 ton behemoth). Most cruise lines offer the chance to swim with them and they're only visible between May and September in Cozumel.
La Paz, the Mexican city off of the Sea of Cortez, is also visited by these giant fish (yes, fish). Whale shark season lasts from early winter all the way to early Spring in La Paz.
If you'd rather admire sharks from a distance, Cayman Turtle Farm offers the chance to watch sharks feeding. This one's a hit with families cruising to Grand Cayman with small children, as they can also see adorable Kemp's Ridley turtles and take a dip in Breaker's Lagoon to cool off on a hot day.