|Diving with Sharks in the Bahamas at Tiger Beach.
Diving with Tiger Shark and Great Hammerhead sharks in the Bahamas
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Tiger Shark and Great
Hammerhead Shark Diving
Your safety is our primary concern but diving with sharks is potentially dangerous. You will be accepting all the responsibility for participating in the dive and should have emergency type insurance. Shark dives occur at depths from 15 to 100-feet, often there is a slight current running. Due to the nature of the activity, and the geographic diving conditions, it is recommended that you are an experienced and certified Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent) with both drift and deep diving. Prior to any diving with sharks, you will get an safety briefing in regards to diving and basic shark behavior, and emergency procedures.
It is important to remember that sharks are wild animals, and complete control of the encounters. Although The Dream Team manages a high success rate, we cannot guarantee shark encounters. Shark expeditions require patience and flexibility. Weather can change the destination of the M/V . Dolphin Dream.
The platform for your Great Hammerhead and Tiger shark expeditions is the M/V Dolphin Dream, a 86-foot expedition trawler vessel with full amenities and safety equipment including camera facilities.
Tiger Sharks are known as one of the man-eaters, mostly in the Pacific Ocean. Our experience shows that the Pacific Tigers may be more aggressive than Atlantic Tigers. Mostly our Bahama Tiger seem to be very cautious and slow feeders. They seem to be the most aggressive while feeding on the surface. They feed on the surface on birds, carcases and trash, in the shallow water they feed on turtles, rays and lobster.
Tiger sharks are readily available in the shallow waters of the Little Bahama Bank. Tiger sharks, an elusive and usually solitary species, is nocturnal. They come inshore at night to feed, and retreat offshore during the day. Reaching lengths in excess of 24-feet, most individuals encountered by divers range between 8 and 12-feet in length.
Tiger Sharks at Tiger Beach Bahamas.
Tiger Beach was discovered in the late '80's by Captain Scott Smith. The area was referred to him by salvage divers who had found at least two different wrecks. These old wrecks are both within a half mile of each other in five to ten feet of water. There used to be cannons lying on the reef, but they are gone now. In certain spots you can still find cannon balls and lead shot.
This area has a shallow reef bar located a quarter mile from the deep water drop off. Lying inshore from the reef bar are more bars, some with sand that look like a beach. These bars are some of the shallowest bars around and make for a comfortable place to anchor at night. The reef bar makes for some excellent shallow snorkeling and diving. The south tip has some large ledges that Loggerhead turtles sleep under.
This half square mile area has been known for years as the Dry Bar. Recently it was renamed to Tiger Beach because it is a convenient and pretty place to feed Tiger Sharks.
Great hammerhead are less frequent and require more patience. They appear mostly in the fall and winter, November thru March when we run our exclusive shark trips to feed these large top predators. Great hammerhead sharks, recognized by their hammer-shaped head and tall, pointed dorsal fin, reach lengths of 20-feet, but most individuals encountered by divers are between 10 and 14-feet in length. Feeding primarily at dusk, great hammerheads are considered a fierce predator.
Caribbean Reef Shark
Caribbean reef sharks live on the reefs and congregate on one particular reef where we feed them. Reef sharks are generally 3 to 5 feet long and usually there are three to six around one reef. This is a thrilling dive with excellent photographic opportunities. Reef sharks are very common around the Bahamas, but our reefs have colorful sponges to use as background for pictures. The reef has deep crevices to get below the sharks for great silhouettes. This all makes for the best reef shark spot in the Bahamas.