Snorkeling with sharks in Fiji
- This island is part of the Yasawas, home to huge volcanoes, Phantom Rock caves, and tonnes of white and black tip reef sharks that can grow up to 1.5 metres long. Because fishing is banned here, the marine life is unspoiled and makes for some amazing snorkeling opportunities.
Snorkeling with sharks in French Polynesia
- The warm shallow waters of French Polynesia are home to a huge population of blacktip reef sharks, with tonnes of shark snorkeling tour operators giving you the chance to snorkel amongst huge schools of these sharks. Here you can also snorkel with lemon sharks, blacktip reef sharks, as well as sea turtles and the occasional manta and humpback.
- This is one of the only places where you can snorkel amongst huge populations of reef sharks in some seriously shallow, crystal clear water – about 1.3 metres deep. This island is a 25-minute boat ride from Tahiti and home to a beautiful reef populated with blacktip and grey reef sharks as well as the occasional lemon shark and whitetip shark. There are just as many stingrays here as there are sharks, making for a truly eerie snorkel experience!
Snorkeling with sharks in Indonesia
- This is one of the world’s best snorkel sites and it’s just as popular with sharks as it is with snorkelers and divers. They’ve even got their own species of shark – the walking shark! Spot this bad boy amongst sharks like nurse sharks, reef sharks, wobbegongs, and whale sharks.
The best spots to snorkel with sharks in Raja Ampat are at Biodiversity House Reef, where you can spot the walking sharks at night and reef sharks during the day, Frewin Garden which is another snorkel site that’s popular with reef sharks, and Sardines Reef.
Snorkeling with sharks in Mexico
- This island has a huge population of great white sharks, and lots of liveaboard tours and cage diving excursions to take you up close and personal. Hundreds of great whites congregate in the waters around Guadalupe between July and November, and you don’t have to be a diver to enjoy snorkeling with them.
Snorkeling with sharks in the USA
Believe it or not, the islands off the coast of California have a huge diversity of marine life, and that includes sharks. While you’re not guaranteed a shark spotting here as you are in some other places around the world, it’s not uncommon to bump into blue sharks, pacific angel sharks, and horn sharks while snorkeling the waters of this island.
La Jolla Cove
- You can guarantee that you’ll be snorkeling with sharks in this spot, if you’re here at the right time! There are over a hundred local leopard sharks populating the warm shallow waters of La Jolla Cove, and you can spot them year round. But if you come between June and October you can catch thousands of leopard sharks who congregate here to mate and hatch their young. The best place to find them is swimming amongst the sand and kelp forests just off the shores of La Jolla.
- Hawaii is home to more than 40 species of sharks, and Oahu is one of the best spots to snorkel with them. You’ll find lots of cage and non-cage snorkel and freediving tours that let you swim up close and personal with deep-water pygmies, reef sharks, sandbar sharks, hammerheads, and some even have guaranteed shark sightings.
- This is a well-known hotspot for seeing sharks, with just as many shipwrecks to explore as sharks. Also known as the ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic’, this popular dive site is crawling with sand tiger sharks who come to the area to feed on the schools of fish. They’re here all the time but for your best chance to snorkel with the tiger sharks you’ll want to come during the summer.