Scuba diving with tiger sharks in the Bahamas will pump your adrenaline up to a whole new level. What a lot of scuba divers may not realize is that they can get this thrill of being in the water with tiger sharks every year between October and January at Cat Island.
Continue reading to learn more about tiger sharks and what makes them so special, as well as where you can scuba dive with them in the Bahamas and what you should expect during a scuba diving expedition that puts you face-to-face with these large and formidable Apex predators.
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About Tiger Sharks
Tiger sharks are very large predators that can reach lengths of about 5 meters, or 16 feet. This species is typically found in temperate and tropical waters around the world, and what makes their appearance unique is the set of dark stripes on their bodies, which also makes them easy to recognize when in the water.
Tiger sharks hunt mostly at night, so be sure to dive with them only during the day, when they will be much more calm and less dangerous. They are also typically solitary in nature.
They consume a wide variety of marine species, from crustaceans and squid, to sea turtles and sea snakes, as well as dolphins, smaller sharks, seals, and birds, and, of course, fish. These animals will even munch on garbage that ends up in the waters where they feed, which is another great reason to avoid littering and to keep the oceans as clean as possible.
The sad fact is that these predators, which are an integral part of the delicate ecosystem of the oceans around the world, are being threatened as a result of the finning and fishing industries. For this reason, if you do get the chance to dive with them, make sure you take it all in because they may not be around someday.
Where to Dive with Tiger Sharks in the Bahamas
The water is clear and calm, making it perfect for diving calmly and always being focused and aware of what is going on around you, which is vitally important when scuba diving with these sharks. Don't forget to take your underwater camera gear with you to take photos and videos of these sharks in their natural surroundings.
The really great thing about Tiger Beach is the fact that you will be able to have a tête-à-tête with a variety of other shark species as well when scuba diving Tiger beach in the Bahamas. These include Caribbean reef sharks, lemon sharks, hammerhead sharks, nurse sharks, and more.
So you may want to refresh your memory on how these individual species look so that you can readily recognize them if you come across them during your dive.
The best time to dive with Tiger sharks in the Bahamas?
The tigers of the Bahamas come back to their breeding grounds during winter. This means the best time to encounter these Apax predators is between October and January.
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What to Expect
The Bahamas have appointed the waters surrounding their islands as marine sanctuaries, so you can rest assured that when you scuba dive in search of tiger sharks, you will be in a untouched environment that has been preserved to assist the survival of these and other creatures in the area.
In addition to getting close to tiger sharks during your dive, you will also have the opportunity to view a variety of hard and soft corals, among a few other tropical fish that you might find swimming alongside the sharks themselves.
How to Stay Safe
In order to stay safe around tiger sharks, or any other potentially dangerous shark species for that matter, head out on your expedition with a local and experienced dive crew that will not only know how to quickly locate the sharks but will also give you the instructions you need to enjoy the experience without disturbing these animals.
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Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.