The Bahamas have been very proactive at understanding their value in ecotourism and has been at the forefront of protecting sharks. In 1992, they set a ban on long-line fishing in place which had a tremendous impact on protecting sharks. Then, in 2011, a national marine sanctuary was created.
Epic Diving offers dedicated shark diving expeditions with a number of key species. From the ubiquitous reef shark, the tiger shark that is larger than life, to the ultra rare oceanic whitetip and great hammerhead, these trips offer nonstop heart-pounding excitement. Our dive boat, M/V Thresher, moves between islands for the best meetings with the different species during the proper seasons.
The year starts off in Bimini where divers enjoy the opportunity to dive with the Great Hammerhead shark, a normally timid and uncommon species. Bimini has become a world hotspot for this particular species, offering reliable close up dives from January to March. During these trips, divers will also regularly see nurse and bull sharks, together with stingray. The dives are shallow, typically between 20 - 40 feet deep.
In March, Thresher moves to Cat Island, one of the family islands of the Bahamas. Over the last few years, this little isle has become world famous for it's incredible Oceanic Whitetip Shark diving. The oceanic is a pelagic species, favors deep water and there's no better place on earth than Cat. The isle has a steep shelf with amazingly clear and incrediblly deep water just offshore. Divers have the opportunity to snorkel with the oceanics which allows for close and safe interaction with the sharks. SCUBA diving is conducted with an average depth to 20 - 30 feet as an effortless drift. During these encounters in the open blue, guests will most likely see dusky sharks and silky sharks, and may have chance encounters with white and blue marlin. Closer to walls and the unbelievable reefs there are lemon sharks, reef and nurse sharks, with the occasional tiger and hammerhead sharks that are great making an appearance.
Epic Diving spends the rest of the year on the West End of Grand Bahama Island at the world famous Tiger Beach. This place offers divers close, cage-free diving with large tiger sharks. These big predators can reach lengths of 16 feet and have a larger-than-life existence underwater. Again, diving is done in shallow, clear, warm water, with depths which range from 15 feet up to 50 - 60 feet on some of the deeper reefs.
Epic Diving's operation is top notch and safety is the upmost concern. The conservation-minded operation gives comprehensive shark diving briefings before guests get in the water and share their passion for sharks with everyone. Contact us to begin an unforgettable shark diving experience!