7 Places to Swim with Sharks

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In celebration of Shark Week, we’ve rounded up 7 places to swim with sharks. Head to any one of these resorts for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Whether it’s been something you’ve always longed to do or a matter of facing your fears, to swim with sharks is without a doubt an activity worth experiencing at least once in your life. Check out these seven resorts that make meeting these inquisitive sea creatures up close possible.


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Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives

How amazing would it be to be able to swim with sharks right in the waters surrounding your private water bungalow? No crowds, just you and some baby sharks enjoying each other’s company in the shallow waters. Tick “swimming with sharks” off your bucket-list with ease at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. Now if you prefer a deeper sea experience, you can also opt to join their “Manta Watch”, where you can snorkel with mass gatherings of friendly manta rays and gentle whale sharks. Situated in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this island sanctuary makes swimming with sharks an attainable, enjoyable experience.


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Misool, Indonesia

A private island resort in remote southern Raja Ampat, Misool is the place to be for those seeking a true island escape. It is surrounded by the richest reefs in the world at the very heart of marine biodiversity. This resort is also inside the Raja Ampat Shark and Manta Sanctuary, which was spearheaded by Misool itself in 2010, giving you the opportunity to say hello to black tip reef sharks as you snorkel in the shallow waters of the House Reef (pictured in featured image by Shawn Heinrichs). This is paradise found for both ocean explorers and tranquility seekers alike.


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Misool Resort Raja Ampat Swim with Sharks - Destination Deluxe
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Grand Isle Resort, Bahamas

With Grand Isle Resort’s exclusive Exuma encounters, swimming with friendly nurse sharks is made possible. Take a dip in Compass Cay’s crystal clear waters, with these baby sharks by your side — and hundreds of other colorful Caribbean reef fish too. For those with family or friends who are not too keen on joining sharks in the waters, there’s always the option to stay on dry land and admire these curious creatures from the dock, as they surface to greet their newfound human friends.


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Pikaia Lodge, Ecuador

The waters surrounding Pikaia Lodge is a shark wonderland, with Galapagos sharks, whale sharks, and hammerheads thriving. This luxurious eco-resort lies atop an extinct volcano on the Santa Cruz Island of Galapagos. Go on daily dives to nearby Gordon Rocks and Seymour Island, where spotting Galapagos sharks is a likely occurrence. These inquisitive sharks have that stereotypical shark look portrayed in media, making an encounter with them a truly exhilarating bucket-list experience.


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El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island, Philippines

This private eco-luxury beach resort in El Nido, Palawan will wow you with its natural splendor, towering rock formations, and clear blue waters. With the marine sanctuary right at your doorstep, there are many outdoor activities that await you at this private island: kayaking, island hopping, and of course, swimming with sharks. A small boat will take you to a natural reef off Pangulasian Island where you can jump in the waters and swim with black tips and whale sharks as they swarm around you and show off their moves in the water.


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Le Taha’s Island Resort & Spa, French Polynesia

Your dream of an effortless and memorable moment swimming with sharks is within your grasp at Le Taha’s Island Resort & Spa. Complemented with their pristine blue waters and powdery white sand, you can snorkel and surround yourself with countless baby sharks. Besides being able to get up close and personal with sharks, the warm Tahitian waters and the abundant marine fauna that come with it will truly give you an experience of a lifetime.


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Kokomo Private Island, Fiji

The luxurious Kokomo Private Island has direct access to Fiji’s Great Astrolabe Reef, considered to be one of the best and most exclusive diving locations in the world. At your leisure, with no distractions, explore the colorful sea life that includes mantas, turtles, and of course, sharks. Keep an eye out for all sorts of different sharks: grey reef sharks, bull sharks, great and scalloped hammerheads, lemon sharks, leopard sharks, and white tip and black tip sharks.


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