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The Top Places Where You Can Snorkel With Sharks

There is nothing like coming face to face with a shark in the deep blue ocean. Not as big as the squid or whale, but shark is the #1 predator of the sea.

It is always a thrilling experience, even for the most experienced diver. You can cage dive with sharks, where you will be inside a cage and lowered into the water. Sometimes, sharks circle these cages and even try to bite it.

The cage will keep you safe and give you a thrilling experience.

But still, this does not compare with open sea diving.

You don’t always have to go deep into the sea to see these monsters. The fact is that, you can come face to face with a shark even while you are snorkeling as well. So you need to take every precaution.

You must carry the best snorkeling fins to gain the propulsion and get away if the need arises. Carry with you other top gear as well.

Here Are the Best Places Where You Can Snorkel With Sharks

  • Shark Ray Alley, Belize – The Alley is located just off Ambergris Caye in Belize. The monsters of the sea come close to you here, sometimes, too close. In fact, there could be dozens of nurse sharks swimming all around you. But usually these sharks are quite safe. These sharks are also seen at Hol Chan Cut in Belize. Stay at Caye Caulker and visit the Shark Ray Alley there, where there are fewer people.
  • Petite Terre, Guadeloupe – Guadeloupe is in the Caribbean, between Antigua and Grenada. You will see the fins on the water even while arriving by boat at Petite Terre. Get into the water and you will many small lemon sharks beside you. You will see them even on the sandy seabed. These are mostly peaceful marine animals. You won’t bother them, but you will still have a spectacular view.
  • Shark Bay, Ko Tao, Thailand – The island of Ko Tao is north of the more popular Ko Pha Ngan in Thailand. You can see many blacktip reef sharks here even while snorkeling. They measure between 2 and 3 meters and are see a few meters below the surface.
  • Velidhu Island, Maldives – The country is dotted with hundreds of small islands. Visit Velidhu to see blacktip reef shark and swim with them. These are elegant, quick and lively sharks that are often seen between coral banks. Seeing them is a great experience.

What to Take on a Remote Dive Trip

Galapagos Islands, Maldives, Raja Ampat in Indonesia, Belize, Komodo Island, Fiji… there are plenty of breathtaking and exotic scuba diving destinations around the world. Most of them are located in remote corners. Perhaps some of you have already have had the good fortune of diving in these wonderful places. But there are plenty of divers who are still dreaming about visiting these places, as they seem too far away.

The first thing you must do is select the remote location you want to dive. It’s always a good idea to seek the advice of somebody who has already gone there. You might also ask a dive operator about the kind of fish, corals and marine life you can see. Also, ask about the safety requirements in the place. Safety can be a very serious issue when you are diving in a remote location.

Next, you must begin to think of the resources you need for the dive. Make a list of everything you need for your diving adventure. There is always going to be one dilemma – what you should bring, and what you should take on a remote dive trip? Many veteran divers face this dilemma too. Speaking to somebody who has already dived in the remote location of your choice can help. In fact, deciding the necessary things to pack and what you can leave behind is always going to be the hardest thing about planning.

Checklist of Essential Things You Might Need in a Remote Diving Trip

Diving Gear – Whether it is the mask, fins, best snorkel gearset, wetsuit, or dive computer, it is always best to carry the best scuba gear, except the tank and weights. Yes, you can rent the gear at your destination as well. The whole set of gear might be available on rent. Renting helps you travel light. But you should first check with the dive operator on the availability of everything you need before departure. Plus, you might feel more comfortable using the gear you always use.
Clothing and Accessories – There is no need to carry fancy dresses or suits. Light and casual clothes should do just fine. Tank tops, t-shirts and simple shorts with beach sandals or flip flops will do. Of course, you cannot forget your swimwear and some pairs of underwear.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies – The smallest of things such as the toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, eye drops, lotion, and even sleeping pills could make or break the trip. Sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays that you will get plenty of when you are relaxing after the dive. Don’t forget to take your prescription drugs if you are under medication. Often, it is nearly impossible to get many drugs in really remote places.

First Aid Kit/Equipment – It is ironical that even the best divers sometimes suffer from motion sickness. They are more comfortable below the water than above, it seems. So carry them, just in case there is an emergency. Ask the operator about the supplies at least, if you are not planning to carry your own kit.

Important Documents – Carry them to ensure a smooth-sailing diving adventure. The first thing is your visa and passport. The medical certificate is important, if you need to carry one. Keep the certification cards either from SSI (Scuba Schools International) or PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) with you always.

Camera and Photo EquipmentLiveboards often have the photo equipment you need.

waterproof-camera

But such a vessel might not be available in the remote location. Bring your underwater camera if you have one. It’s also worth it to carry your underwater camera housing. A filter is useful for all those times when the sun is too bright. The lighting arrangement is also a good idea if you are planning to do night dives. You can check this best waterproof camera 2016 guide for more info.

Other Things – There are many other essential things that you should carry, such as spare batteries and parts, USB drives, and AC plug adapters among other things. And of course, it’s a good idea to take your credit and cash cards.

So you see, there is some planning involved in packing your bags for a remote destination dive trip. Give it some thought. Go over your checklist, just to make sure that you haven’t forgotten anything. You might not find it there if you have forgotten something. Yes, you want to pack light. But you need to make sure that the dive will be worthwhile as well.

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