The best places to go diving with sharks

The best places to go diving with sharks

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Calling all underwater daredevils. For those who crave a little adventure on their next holiday, consider a dive with sharks. Get up close and personal to tigers, hammerheads, nurse, lemon and more.

  • 1. Cat Island, Bahamas

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    The untouched waters surrounding tranquil Cat Island include exciting diving topography such as steep walls and drop-offs, pristine reefs, and almost guaranteed encounters with the resident oceanic whitetip (pictured), tiger, reef, nurse, and lemon sharks.

  • 2. Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico

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    Swim alongside gentle giants in the waters of Isla Mujeres, home to the largest concentration of whale sharks on the planet. If you’re a real whale shark fanatic, plan your trip during the annual Whale Shark Festival in July.

  • 3. Guadalupe, Mexico

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    For the ultimate thrill, venture into the waters surrounding the volcanic Isle of Guadalupe, home to a large population of great white sharks. Many dive shops offer cage diving shark encounters for a truly up close and personal experience with these massive aquatic predators.

  • 4. Wilmington, North Carolina

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    The Papoose was torpedoed by a German Submarine in 1942, and its wreckage has remained below water ever since. On a daily basis, five to ten sand tiger sharks can be seen hanging around the sunken ship.

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