zenbabytravel

Travelling with a baby

7 best places for shark diving

Hawaii in a nutshell: sharks in abundance and superb diving. One of our most memorable trips before kids were Christmas in Maui and New Years Eve in Oahu.

1. The dive in Oahu was by the beach and it was shocking to see the number of reef sharks hanging out by the piers, nearby swimmers and surfers.

Needless to say my surfing attempts got less enthusiasm in the sea and more in the evening – lounges and beach bars only! Dining, wining and clubbing aside though, Hawaii is one superb swimming, snorkel and dive destination. In Native Hawaiian culture, sharks are considered to be gods of the sea, protectors of humans, and cleaners of excessive ocean life.

2. Maui is lush, green, wet and filled with rainbows – sometimes we counted over 10 per day! Diver paradise as well, this is the only place where we met the majestic but shy hammerheads.

The trip was quite something – by far the most technical difficult dive we’ve ever done. The boat sails to the junction of 3 oceans – currents are mad and one needs to jump with the boat moving in circles and dive immediately below 5 metres – where the currents are more tamed. The encounter with the hammerheads redeemed the tough ride but my excitement of the actual encounter pleased less our diving instructor. Here I was in front of everyone else, fluttering my shiny underwater camera to get a picture of my hammerhead 😂 He came about 10m staring at me and the bunch of divers behind and then went away, shy and considerate.

Few other hammerheads but at a comfortable distance – made an out of the world dive trip. In the Native Hawaii culture the hammerhead sharks are thought to be the birth animal of some children; they are also rarely seen through the waters of Maui and when spotted are considered a sign that gods are watching over the families and that the oceans are clean and balanced.

3. Scotland. In a nutshell: much closer geographically to us, clear waters full of sealife, some stunning beaches. The catch? Freezing water temperatures – welcome to Scotland!

The isle of Mull and Iona have been a pure treat, especially that we managed one sunny day with over 22 degrees. White sand Caribbean looking like and blue crystal waters! But the day we took the Mull boat trip, the weather was less pleasing – showers, winds and rainbows all day long. Adventurous day to see basking sharks, puffins and seals!

4. Honduras. Shark diving and feeding. Very questionable practice though. Best introduction to Caribbean is cruising around and hopping on and off various islands. We knew from the moment we embarked in Puerto Rico we wanted to dive with the sharks in Roatan.

I did not expect though to actually question myself so seriously thereafter. My only dive where I lost my 4kg weights and half in had to go back up for a repeat rapid descent – no space left with the back protected but full action – 1.5m away from the feeding bucket…

Something that I won’t repeat anytime soon.

Most of shark incidents are also closely linked to fishermen cleaning fish or surfers being confused as seals – so bucket feeding surely not a great idea or link to humans. After the dive, I have also read about a couple of incidents – something any accountable parent will bear in mind!

5. Thailand. Ko Tao. Very topical, we stayed in Shark Bay at the stunning  Haad Tien.

Life is beautiful in Koh Tao –  Thai gem of an island. Aside our fantastic tales of me being asked to lead a dive and being forgotten in the sea 😉

Bull and reef sharks are often seen in here. And here are some of the therapies required post such dives where one is forgotten…

6. Maldives. The shallow crystal waters of Maldives shores are incredibly deceiving when it comes to the real picture between the Reefs. The locals and dive instructors call it the ‘washing machine’ – the currents are incredibly strong, one needs to hold firmly with one hand the regulator and the other hand a piece of reef / corral. But the washing machine has a beautiful secret – once you are in and holding with a firm grip your stone, there’s a visual feast – they call it television. The sharks, turtles and fish are riding the currents – just like in Finding Nemo! Stunning dive and finds, technically difficult.

This time around in December at Banyan Tree Angsana Velavaru not planning for one but hoping we will get to see with our ‘babies’ some of their ‘babies’ 😉

7. For young kids like ours – there’s also London aquarium. My kids are already fascinated by sharks – baby songs and documentaries. Having seen them in the Aquarium twice, my eldest seems to understand well that sharks are beautiful and far from the Hollywood clichés, not to be feared.

If anything, he also knows that humans are doing much greater damage to the sharks compared to the isolated accidents where sharks hurt humans – slowly but surely chipping away nature’s equilibrium.  Started them young as I truly hope in 30 years time we will still dive together and find colourful reefs and sealife!

 

39 comments on “7 best places for shark diving

  1. www.tourismobserver.com
    November 22, 2017

    Very interesting places to dive with sharks.

    Paul
    http://www.tourismobserver.com

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 23, 2017

      Thank you Paul 😉 Glad you liked it and thanks for stopping by!

  2. Zen Babytravel
    November 23, 2017
    Suitcases and Sandcastles
  3. mammasschool
    November 23, 2017

    Such stunning locations and photos. I love the fact you are giving your children an understanding of the ocean life too

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 24, 2017

      Thank you and yes, absolutely, our kids understanding the ocean is crucial into my eyes! I’m also glad to see Octonauts cartoons and how catchy it is with their generation – I am truly hoping will be diving together in few years!

  4. Lucy Dorrington
    November 23, 2017

    Not something I’ve ever felt inclined to do, but I really enjoyed watching your videos from a distance!

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 24, 2017

      Hehe Lucy 😉 Very funny you say that, I got so much adrenaline and heart racing even last editing the videos & wrapping up the post 😂

  5. katykicker
    November 24, 2017

    Wow – this is so brave. Not something for me but amazing to watch!

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 24, 2017

      Great to hear, thank you Katy!

  6. Claire justine
    November 24, 2017

    I have never tried anything like this before. Such beautiful places to visit 🙂

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 24, 2017

      Thank you Claire!

  7. mymoneycottage
    November 24, 2017

    Wow what incredible pictures, I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to do this!

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 24, 2017

      I know, feeding and diving is surely questionable!

  8. Clare Thomson
    November 24, 2017

    You’ve been to some beautiful places! Koh Tao has been on my list for years and I’d love to visit the west coast of Scotland. Amazing that it looks so much like the Caribbean although decidedly more chilly! I’ve snorkelled with sharks but I’m not brave enough to dive with them. Thanks for sharing with us on #FarawayFiles

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 24, 2017

      To be fair I prefer diving with the sharks rather than snorkelling – they are definitely then getting the full picture and not interested ! Pleasure as usual to link in Clare!

  9. Newcastle Family Life
    November 24, 2017

    It looks like you have been to some amazing places. I have a huge shark phobia and avoid the sea at all costs so this is not something I would ever personally do x

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 24, 2017

      Thank you, I promise sharks are well behaved – much more than humans towards them for sure! X

  10. fifi + hop
    November 25, 2017

    Ok I just have to get it out front – I have a serious shark phobia! I’m fascinated by people who swim/dive with sharks because I could never. So I will do it vicariously through you…that hammerhead photo sent chills up my spine. Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 26, 2017

      That hammerhead turned out to be so shy and well mannered 😉 pleasure to link in as usual!

  11. Kara
    November 25, 2017

    What an amazing experience. This is top of Hubby’s wishlist and we hope to swim with sharks one day

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 26, 2017

      I hope you both get to try soon -pls keep me posted Kara! And thanks for stopping by!

  12. Angie
    November 25, 2017

    Wow what amazing diving experiences you have had. We have recently returned from the Maldives where my husband dived with reef sharks. I’m a snorkeller rather than a diver but love the experience of being part of the world under the sea, even if I am only looking down on it!

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 26, 2017

      Hi Angie, snorkeling in Maldives is most of the time as amazing as snorkelling! I bet you and your husband loved it, where about did you stay? We can’t wait to go back ! 😉

  13. Zen Babytravel
    November 25, 2017
    Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
  14. Steph & Zach dorworth
    November 25, 2017

    Wow, you’ve captured some great moments! And been diving so many places! We aren’t divers but it was cool to see some of your experiences. Even the ones that may have been less enjoyable like Scotland because it was so freezing. Great post!

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 26, 2017

      Thank you guys, glad you enjoyed it! Maybe you’ll also get hooked to diving one day!

  15. Lindsey
    November 26, 2017

    Cool! I am actually terrified of sharks but I did think about going to see the great whites (from the boat) when I was looking into Cape Town adventures.

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 26, 2017

      The great whites are a different ball game, indeed fom boat is best! Cape town has been so long for our list! Thanks for stopping by!

  16. fashionandstylepolice
    November 26, 2017

    I have never gone shark diving. Would love to one day.

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 26, 2017

      I hope you get to try soon and do keep me posted!

  17. Miranda-Anosa @AJD (@MyraBev)
    November 27, 2017

    Oh wow, definitely wow! another one of a kind adventure that I would love to do! One of my bucket list for next year!

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 27, 2017

      Great to hear Miranda, keep me posted! X

  18. These are all such amazing experiences – wow – I don’t know if I am that brave. Su #KCACOLS

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 27, 2017

      Thanks Su! I reckon my shark dive and feed are also gone – but probably for the best as it’s quite a questionable practice! Otherwise looking forward to seeing the baby sharks in the shallow waters of Maldives! Fingers crossed! Thanks for stopping by!

  19. David Jack Taylor
    November 27, 2017

    What a cool adventure, you’re definitely building some amazing memories with your kids. I’d love to do this!

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 27, 2017

      Thank you David! Hope you get to soon as well, thanks for stopping by!

  20. Digital Motherhood
    December 5, 2017

    Shark diving would be one of my worst nightmares!! Love the locations otherwise though lol Thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS hope to see you there again.

  21. queerlittlefamily
    December 6, 2017

    Now shark diving I can get on board with. Dolphins are jerks but sharks are misunderstood. Love it. #kcacols

    • Zen Babytravel
      December 6, 2017

      Haha, great summary, glad you like sharks better 😉 And thanks for stopping by! There’ll be more round ups on sea life, very interested to hear your verdict!

Leave a Reply

Kidsorted Honorary Contributor

London Momaboard Mombassador

Trips100 - Travel Blogs
Trips100

Instagram

#Coolnotcold Best of cool cars to quote my 4 years old #ferrariundertheskin #designmuseum #londontreats #daysoutwithkids #Coolnotcold #queensskatedinebowl #Xmas2017 #festivetreats #Londonwithkids #Stnicholasday brought the cutest #hotelchocolat #adventcalendar, #charbonneletwalker snowman #orchidéepatisserie macaroons & unfortunately #vaccinesbooster for E... ♡ #mosnicolae⛄️ #Festivelyspoilt #Gruffaloschild #Londontreats #theatrekids
%d bloggers like this: