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The Dive Sites of Shark Week

Posted by Rick Hartley 9 years ago

This week is Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. I have only watched a few of the episodes so far but from what I have seen the Man Bites Shark attitude has been tempered, even if by just a little. The shows are still sensational but I see more of the "sharks are not monsters" idea coming through.

While watching I had the idea to try and catalog the locations of some of the dives. This can be a little challenging as they do not often identify exactly where they are. But, I am going to try. This post is going to be a work in progress and I intend to keep updating it as I identify more sites.

Discovery's Shark Week Dive Sites

Seal Island - This is probably the most famous of all the Shark Week locations. Seal Island in False Bay near Cape Town, South Africa is the home of "Air Jaws" and the spectacular "polaris" attacks where Great Whites launch themselves out of the water hunting Cape Fur Seals that give the island its name.

Shark Alley - Not too far away from Seal Island, Shark Alley near Gansbaai, South Africa is another fantastic spot to see Great Whites.

Shark Junction - This site near Grand Bahama Island features hand feeding of Caribbean Reef Sharks. This was one of the original shark dive experiences and features in many documentaries and movies (including Open Water)

Tiger Beach - Very popular site for sharks. Features Tiger Sharks, Great Hammerheads, and Caribbean Reef Sharks.

Shark Arena - When you see a Stuart Cove boat on Discovery Channel it's a pretty good guess that they might be at this site or one of a few others popular for sharks they dive near Nassau. Caribbean Reef Sharks, Great Hammerheads, Lemon Sharks, and Tiger Sharks.

More soon..... If you know of a Shark Week dive location that is not listed please email us at