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WHAT IS ELASMODIVER?

Not just Shark Pictures: Elasmodiver contains photos of sharks, skates, rays, and chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web based shark field guide to help divers find the best places to encounter the different species of sharks and rays that live in shallow water but it has slowly evolved into a much larger project containing information on all aspects of shark diving and shark photography.

There are now more than 5000 shark pictures  and sections on shark evolution, biology, and conservation. There is a large library of reviewed shark books, a constantly updated shark taxonomy page, a monster list of shark links, and deeper in the site there are numerous articles and stories about shark encounters. Elasmodiver is now so difficult to check for updates, that new information and pictures are listed on an Elasmodiver Updates Page that can be accessed here:

WHAT'S NEW?

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DIVE OPERATORS

HELP MAKE THIS DATABASE INTO A SERIOUS SHARK DIVING RESOURCE!

The following companies conduct shark dives or regularly sees sharks and/or rays. If you are a dive operator and you think that you should be included on this list please email elasmodiver.

 

SEARCH BY REGION

  AUSTRALIA   BAHAMAS   CARIBBEAN   CENTRAL AMERICA   EUROPE   INDIAN OCEAN   MEXICO   NORTH AMERICA (ATLANTIC)   NORTH AMERICA (PACIFIC)   RED SEA   SOUTH AMERICA   SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS   SOUTHEAST ASIA  SOUTHERN AFRICA

 

If the shark links go bad please let us know and we'll fix them E-mail Elasmodiver

 

DIVING OPERATORS AROUND THE WORLD THAT ENCOUNTER SHARKS AND RAYS

 

 

 

AUSTRALIA

Exmouth Dive Centre

Shark or Ray Encounter: Whale sharks, manta rays, tassled wobbegongs, whitetip reef sharks, occasional northern/wards wobbegongs, tawny nurse sharks, jenkin's whiprays, cowtail rays and coffin rays.

Style of trip: Snorkelling tours with whale sharks in season and pier dives with other species.

Store / Location: Exmouth, Western Australia.

 

Fish Rock Dive Centre

Shark or Ray Encounter: Banded wobbgongs, dwarf ornate wobbegongs, spotted wobbegongs, blind sharks, grey nurse (sandtiger) sharks, shark rays, blotched rays, possibly tassled wobbegongs.

Style of trip: Boat dives on local reefs including the world class dive site Fish Rock.

Store / Location: Southwest Rocks, NSW.

 

Rodney Fox Shark Experience

Shark or Ray Encounter: Great white sharks

Style of trip: Liveaboard cage dive charter. Rodney Fox is a famous spear fisherman and shark attack victim turned shark watcher.

Store / Location: Departs from Adelaide, South Australia.

 

BAHAMAS

Jim Abernethy's Scuba Adventures

Shark or Ray Encounter: Tiger sharks, great hammerheads, lemon sharks, caribbean reef sharks, nurse sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks.

Style of trip: Live aboard week long trips from Florida to the Bahamas. Jim Abernethy runs high quality charters to the outer reefs of the Bahamas. These trips are some of the best in the world for outside the cage action with big sharks.

Store / Location: Departs from West Palm Beach, Florida.

 

Stuarts Cove

Shark or Ray Encounter: Caribbean reef sharks, nurse sharks.

Style of trip: Organized shark feed. Divers decend to a sand patch where CRS are fed every day. A chainmail clad feeder then decends and feeds the many sharks that regularly show up for a meal.

Store / Location: Resort in Nassau.

 

CARIBBEAN

Dive Safaris

Shark or Ray Encounter: Caribbean reef sharks and occasional blacknose sharks.

Style of Encounter: Reef shark feed. Divers lay on the sand while the Divemaster feeds small chunks of fish to CRS with a short metal pole. Very dynamic feed in which the sharks wrestle for the food and pass under the DMs legs.

Store / Location: Philipsburg, St Maarten, Netherland Antilles.

 

CENTRAL AMERICA

Undersea Hunter

Shark or Ray Encounter: Schooling Scalloped hammerheads, Silkies, Whitetips, Silvertips, Galapagos, Blacktip sharks and marbled rays.

Style of trip: live aboard trips to remote Cocos Island aka The Island of the Sharks.

Store / Location: Trips depart from Punta Arenas, Costa Rica.

 

EUROPE

Porthkerris Divers

Shark or Ray Encounter: Basking sharks, small spotted catsharks and occasional skates.

Style of trip: Daily snorkelling encounters with basking sharks in late spring/summer months. Shore and boat diving trips where catsharks are common all year round.

Store / Location: DS Porthkerris, The Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, UK.

 

HAWAII

North Shore Shark Adventures

Shark or Ray Encounter: Galapagos sharks, sandbar sharks and occasional tiger sharks.

Style of trip: Cage dive / cage snokeling trips

Store / Location: Haleiwa, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii.

 

INDIAN OCEAN

 

MEXICO

Phantom Divers

Shark or Ray Encounter: Bull sharks and occasional nurse sharks, eagle rays and southern stingrays on the reef.

Style of trip: Boat dive bull shark feeds occur in 80ft close to shore. Other elasmobranchs seen on reef dives.

Store / Location: PlayaDel Carmn, Quintanaroo, Mexico.

 

Great White Adventures

Shark or Ray Encounter: Great white sharks and occasional mako and blue sharks.

Style of trip: Liveaboard cage diving trips to Guadalupe Island.

Store / Location: Groups meet in San Diego. Boat departs from Ensenada, Mexico.

 

 

NORTH AMERICA (ATLANTIC)

Olympus Dive Centre

Shark or Ray Encounter: Sandtiger sharks. Occasional blacktip sharks, roughtail stingrays and southern stingrays.

Style of trip: Runs recreational and some tech charters to the wrecks on the Outer Banks.

Store / Location: Moorhead City, North Carolina.

 

Grove Scuba

Shark or Ray Encounter: Nurse sharks, spotted eagle rays and southern stingrays. Occasional Manta rays, Caribbean reef sharks, hammerheads.

Style of trip: Single day boat trips.

Store / Location: 3310 Mary St, Miami, FL.

Other info: The only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center in Miami.

 

 

NORTH AMERICA (PACIFIC)

Hornby Island Diving

Shark or Ray Encounter: Rare sixgill shark sightings and occasional spiny dogfish sightings.

Style of trip: Two tank charters to Flora Inlet where sixgill encounters were once quite common.

Store / Location: Hornby Island, BC, Canada.

 

Beaver Aquatics

Dedicated shark dive: No

Shark or Ray Encounters:  Regular spiny dogfish and spotted ratfish sightings, occasional big skate sightings. Rare sixgill shark encounters.

Style of trip: Boat dives to reefs around Campbell River and surrounding islands.

Store / Location: 760 Island Hwy. Campbell River BC Canada. 250 287 7652

 

 

RED SEA

 

SOUTH AMERICA

 

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Incredible Adventures

Shark or Ray Encounter: Great white sharks

Style of trip: Cage dive

Store / Location: False Bay, South Africa.

 

White-shark-diving

Shark or Ray Encounter: Great white sharks

Style of trip: Cage dive

Store / Location: Gansbaii, South Africa

 

Unrealdive

Booking company for South African shark dives

 

Amatikulu.com

Shark or Ray Encounter: Hammerheads, Zambezi sharks (bull), Galapagos sharks, blacktip sharks, Whale sharks, Manta rays and others.

Style of trip: Single day boat dives / reef dives

Store / Location: Protea Banks and Aliwol Shoal, South Africa and Mozambique.

 

Ultimate-Animals

Shark or Ray Encounter: Great white sharks

Style of trip: Cage diving trips to Dyer Island. 

Store / Location: Cape Town

 

Shark Diving Unlimited

Shark or Ray Encounter: Great white sharks

Style of trip: Cage diving trips to Dyer Island. 

Store / Location: Cape Town

 

African Odyssea

Shark or Ray Encounter: Sandtiger sharks, tiger sharks, blacktip sharks, possibly Galapgos sharks.

Style of trip: Boat diving. Arranges diving in the annual sardine run which attracts many sharks. 

Store / Location: Operates in South Africa and Mozambique.

 

Africa Shark Diving Safaris

Shark or Ray Encounter: Great white sharks and others

Style of trip: Cage diving trips to Dyer Island and shark diving safaris in South Africa

Store / Location:

 

Dive South Africa

Shark or Ray Encounter: Great white sharks and others

Style of trip: Cage diving, and reef diving in South Africa and Mozambique

Store / Location:

 

Adventure Diving Safaris

Shark or Ray Encounter: Great white sharks and others

Style of trip: Cage diving, and reef diving in South Africa and Mozambique

Store / Location:

 

SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS

 

SOUTHEAST ASIA

 

 

GLOBAL BOOKING AGENTS

DivingWithSharks.com

A guide with links to shark diving operations around the world organized by geographical regions. Also links to many shark sites and shark art.

 

SeeSharks.com

Shark Diving International's portal to the best Shark Diving trips around the world.

 

Shark Bookings

Central booking office for great white shark diving and viewing tours in Southern Africa, Bahamas, Mexico, and Australia.

 

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