Following the Fin: Shark Diving - Page 2
Some favorite dive tour organizations that specialize in shark trips include:
Mad Dog Expeditions
132 E. 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028. 212.744.6763. www.mad-dog.net
Mad Dog, a firm specializing in highly exotic dive travel, leads a variety of shark dives, including a ten-day Great White Shark Expedition in the waters of South Africa. The program includes cage diving and surface activities with the South African Great White Shark Research Institute.
San Diego Shark Diving Expeditions
6747 Frair's Road, Suite 122, San Diego, CA 92108. 888.737.4275. www.sdsharkdiving.com
This company offers cage diving with steel-suited divemasters working outside the cage. The popular California trips (one, two, or three days) offer plenty of shark interaction and start at just $260. International dive expeditions, up to 13 days in length, are offered in South Africa (great whites), Cocos Islands (hammerheads), the Galapagos, the Seychelles (whale sharks), Thailand, and Mexico. For novice divers, we recommend the whale shark expeditions in Baja's Sea of Cortez. Using spotter planes and an 80-foot live-aboard base, this trip is limited to just 14 divers. Advanced divers will enjoy Mexico's Islas Revillagegedo, home to schooling hammerheads and giant manta rays.
White Pointer Cage Diving and Sport Fishing
P.O.Box 2426, Port Lincoln, South Australia 5606. 011.618.8682.2425. www.seachart.mtx.net
White Pointer offers close encounters with the feared great white sharks. Divers observe the great whites from the safety of a sturdy dive cage. Skipper/owner Bruce Bennett is one of the most experienced operators running shark dives in the Southern Hemisphere. The chances of sighting great whites are better in this part of the world than any other. The four- to six-day charters cost $1,800-2,000 (AUS) per diver. Charters are normally limited to four divers so you get plenty of time in the cage and more elbow room topside.