A Sharknado Vacation: Best Places to Swim With the Sharks
Few things in life are as exhilarating as finding yourself face-to-face with the ocean’s most feared predator.
Sure, everyone obsesses over the ferocious fish during Discovery Channel’s annual “Shark Week” or when referencing the awesomely ridiculous TV movie “Sharknado" (Of course you can chainsaw your way out of a flying great white shark during a sharkstorm!), but it takes the most adventurous of all to suit up and swim down into a cage to bait one of these “Jaws”-like assassins into a one-on-one interaction.
If swimming with sharks is on your bucket list, take a bite out of these 12 locales around the world that are known for their unique shark diving.
You can get close (but not too close) to this guy during a dive in South Africa’s Shark Alley (Photo: Harry Stone/Facebook)
1. Gansbaai, South Africa
What better place to shark dive than the great white capital of the world? Adventurous tourists flock to this seaside South African town to visit Shark Alley — the shark-infested channel and great white hotspot, thanks to the abundance of seals at neighboring Geyser Rock. Cage diving is the main attraction here and the only spot in the world where it’s year-round. Seven days a week, the long-running White Shark Diving Company gives 20 divers per trip the chance to make eye contact with the world’s largest predatory fish. At 12 to 16 feet long and bearing 300 razor-sharp teeth, it’s an underwater sight worth the hype.
2. Layang-Layang, Malaysia
Also known as Swallow Reef, this secluded location off the island of Borneo is a diver’s dream. The clear, unpolluted waters are filled with an array of marine life, including the deep sea’s hammerhead, leopard, and even whale sharks. The one resort on the island, the luxe Avillion Layang Layang, is a diving mecca where underwater enthusiasts can get certified instruction at the onsite Dive Centre and then head out to one of the 12 dive sites dotting the island’s perimeter. See schools of hammerheads cruising by in the blue waters at Dogtooth Lair, Crack Reef, and Sharks Cave.
Avillion offers a beautiful place to lounge before and after your near-shark experience. (Photo: Courtesy of Avillion Port Dickson Resort)