On April 2nd, 3rd and 4th, we’ll be taking lucky shark lovers to “Tiger Beach”, a very special “shallow spot”, located roughly 20 miles off the coast of Grand Bahama Island’s West End. (I say “we”, but what I really mean is our incredible shark dive team. I’ll still be in Russia, watching IA clients drive tanks and such and getting my fill of borscht. Given how seasick I get in elevators, I’m content staying dry and looking at shark photos.)
The location is known worldwide for its population of large tiger sharks, reef sharks, lemon sharks and nurse sharks. Lots of sharks, a shallow sandy ocean floor, and clear blue water combine to make it one of the best places in the world to go cage diving with sharks.
Grand Bahama is not nearly as well-known as its sharks. Grand Bahama is one of the islands closest to Florida and is primarily experienced by cruise ship passengers making a quick stop on the way to somewhere else. I love Grand Bahama precisely because it hasn’t been overly crowded with tourists when I’ve visited. (I also love any place where business meetings involve a Bahama Mama.)
There’s a ferry providing almost daily service between Ft Lauderdale and Freeport/Port Lucaya. Florida boaters often make the easy trek over to the island. You can also book a seaplane flight over and add a little extra excitement to your shark adventure. The Old Bahama Bay Resort website provides some great tips for traveling to the island.
(The famous Atlantis Resort is on Nassau, a different island. If you visit Nassau and want to go shark diving at Tiger Beach, you’ll need to arrange a helicopter or small plane flight from Nassau over to Grand Bahama.)
Our shark trips depart from Old Bahama Bay Marina at the resort. Our dock is about a 40 minute car or cab ride from Freeport/Port Lucaya. You can stay onsite at the luxurious Old Bahama Bay Resort, or stay in town, if you prefer to be closer to the restaurants and nightlife of the city.