TIGER SHARKS AND GREAT HAMMERHEAD EXPEDITION
- 2019 EXPEDITION -
November 30 - December 7, 2019
8 Day Trip / 6 Days Diving
- 12 SPOTS -
- 2020 EXPEDITION -
November 28 - December 5, 2019
8 Day Trip / 6 Days Diving
- 12 SPOTS -
This is a custom tailored trip, bringing you to two of the best shark diving hot spots in the World. Tiger Sharks off the legendary Tiger Beach dive sites in the Northern Bahamas, and great hammerheads off the coast of Bimini Island, Bahamas. We will spend 4 days diving with tiger sharks, lemon sharks and Caribbean reef sharks in the Northern Bahamas and two days diving with great hammerheads, bulls and nurse sharks. This is an all inclusive live-aboard dive adventure aboard the M/V Dolphin Dream (an 85' x 26' Ocean Expedition Vessel).
Day 1 - Arrival Day. The M/V Dolphin Dream is located at the Riviera City Beach Marina. You must be on board the ship before 6PM. Today we do the customs paper work and get you settled into your rooms. The crew will prepare dinner for you and departure time for the Bahamas is after 10 PM.
Day 2 - We arrive at West End, Grand Bahamas sometime after 7AM to check in with customs. Once we clear customs, we will travel to Tiger Beach dive site. After we arrive, (normally around 1PM) we will begin chumming for tigers and lemons. The first dive site, we will visit is called Tiger Chain. It is 20 feet deep. This is where we will spend the rest of the day. Here we will do a two tank dive. First dive is a check out dive (gear, cameras, weights). Second dive is a lemon shark encounter. With the possibility of encountering our first tiger sharks of the trip.
*Please note; Tiger Beach is not an actual beach. It is a shallow sand bank. The area we visit is called Tiger Beach. Within that area, there are many dive sites that the different dive boats use. The dive sites our boat visits are called 'Tiger Chain' and 'Fish Tales'
Day 3 - We will move locations to a dive site called Fish Tales, (40 feet deep). When we arrive, we begin chumming for tigers. We have 4 planned dives today. First dive will be a check out dive. The following three will be shark feeding dives. Depending on conditions, we may possibly do our first night dive today. (Please note, you are NOT required to do every dive.)
Day 4 - We will dive again at Fish Tales. 4 dives are planned. Every dive will be a shark feed.
Day 5 - Our final day of diving at Fish Tales. Today we schedule 4 shark feeding dives. 2 morning dives, and 2 after lunch. We will depart to Bimini after dinner. Normally around 7PM.
Day 6 - We arrive at Bimini Island around 6AM. We will begin chumming for the great hammerheads. We have 4 scheduled shark feeds. If the weather is good, we will add a night dive with the great hammerheads.
*PLEASE NOTE, if we have great hammerheads at Tiger Beach, we will stay diving at Fish Tales. We will not go to Bimini. However, if we do not have great hammerheads, we will for sure go to Bimini.
Day 7 - Our final day of diving at Bimini. Today we schedule 3 shark feeding dives. 2 morning dives, and one after lunch. We will depart back to Riviera Beach, Florida after dinner. Normally around 7PM.
Day 8 - (Departure Day) - We arrive back in Florida, around 6AM. We have a US customs appointment at 9AM. After we clear customs, we will return to our marina at 9:30AM. If you are flying out of West Palm Beach International, you can make your return flights after 12 noon.
*If flying out of Miami, please make your return flights after 3pm.
PLANNING YOUR FLIGHTS...
Closest airport to the marina is West Palm Beach International Airport (30 minute taxi ride).
*If you are traveling from another country you may need to fly into Miami International airport for International flights. There are trains that will take you from Miami airport to West Palm Beach airport. (they run free airport shuttles from the airport to the train stations), From there you can grab a taxi to the Marina.
We sail out of Riviera City Beach Marina.
WATER TEMPERATURES - 77- 82 F (24 - 26 C).
LAND TEMPERATURES - 75 - 80 F (23 - 25 C).
To see photos from our December 2018 expedition. Please click here.
We are going to spend 4 days at Tiger Beach. Located around 20 miles off West End, Grand Bahamas, Tiger Beach is the best place in the World to encounter tiger sharks in clear, shallow water. These are organized shark dives. We use chum and bait to attract the sharks in. The tiger sharks that annually visit this area, return year after year. Over the years we have gotten to know many of these sharks very well. Tigers are not the only sharks we see here, there is also large aggregations of lemons and Caribbean reef sharks that visit this area. Occasionally you can also see nurse sharks, bull sharks and great hammerheads. There truly is no place in the world like Tiger Beach.
Two days may be spent at Bimini Island with the elusive great hammerheads, if the great hammerheads do not show up at Tiger Beach. Bimini Island is the only place in the world where great hammerhead sharks consistently return, year after year. We have been visiting this mega hotspot for the past 4 seasons. It is a relatively new place. Well, the locals new about for many years, but wanted to keep it a secret and understandably so. However nothing this amazing can stay a secret for too long. Once the world found out, we had to see this for ourselves...and we were not disappointed. This place is just magic. It may also be possible to see nurse sharks and bull sharks as well.
These are baited dives. We use chum and fish parts to attract the sharks. The reason we do is to get the sharks to come in close so that everyone has an opportunity to video and photograph these sharks. Before we dive, we give everyone a safety briefing on how and where to position themselves in the water for the safest experience. Safety is everything on these dives, so we only bring down enough bait to offer up a snack for the sharks, which keeps them focused on the bait box. Allowing you to comfortably capture your images.
YOUR NEXT MOVE
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