DIVE WITH BULL SHARKS
Dive with these elegant ocean rangers as they glide through the warm crystal waters of Playa del Carmen.
Appreciate up close the beauty of these creatures, their elegant moves and perfect hydrodynamic shape, as they move uninhibited in their natural environment.
This is a form of eco-tourism rooted in educating communities toward understanding that sharks are more valuable alive than dead. Instead of opting for a one time economic benefit of harvesting sharks for their body parts, local dive communities offer conscientious tourists the opportunity for close up encounters with live sharks.
Here at Scuba 10, we are proud of our pioneer membership in Playa del Carmen’s first Shark Protection Association- S.O.S.Together we are working with the fisherman and local dive shops to ensure Bull Shark protection. Our efforts benefits all – fishermen get a percentage of the money collected from the Bull Shark dives, diving promotes the local tourist industry, which then in turn generates a stronger tax base for our local government, and most importantly, the sharks themselves are left to thrive and fulfill their invaluable role in the local ecosystem. The association and the diving community have created a manual of Safe Shark Diving Practices aiming to show tourist and locals that Shark Diving can benefit the local economy without harming the shark population.
EDUCATION IS OUR GOAL
In our dive briefings we are very specific about appreciation, preservation and respect for the oceans. We also cover how to behave during the dive and explain our dynamic of one instructor plus an assistant. Our system is designed to keep the activity safe, comfortable and fun.
The Bull Shark (Carcharhunus Leucas) is an opportunistic species that can grow up to 4 meters in length. This means that it feeds on many types of aquatic animals, especially fish, turtles, marine mammals and even other sharks. In Playa del Carmen most of our bull sharks are pregnant females or their young.
BULL SHARK SEASON
From mid November till mid January (some years the season can go up to March).
WHAT KIND OF INTERACTION AM I GOING TO HAVE?
In order to have minimal impact on the local ecosystem, we dive along with the current, with the sharks approaching and retreating throughout the dive.
We do not believe in feeding the sharks.
WHAT DO I NEED FOR THE SHARK DIVE?
OPEN WATER DIVER or equivalent. If you have never done a deep dive you should do two shallow dives the day before you go to the Shark Dive.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING ON THE TOUR?
Maximum 7 divers
1 instructor: four divers + 1 assistant for every 2 extra divers
Maximum depth 25 meters (80 ft). Average depth 23 mts. (75 ft.)
40 to 50 minutes
It is a drift dive so we descend with the current. At the bottom the group gets together, sits for a minute with the instructor and swims for about 5 minutes to the shark point. Once at the shark point the group stays on their knees making a line. We sit there for about 15 minutes to watch the Sharks come and go. After 15 minutes, we proceed to a shallower area in order to extend our bottom time, if air supplies, the Sharks will continue coming and going. At the end of our bottom time, we make two safety stops, one at 12 mts/ 40 ft and the second one at 5 mts/ 15 ft.
Basic diving equipment, full wetsuits (shorty wetsuits are not allowed)
CAN I BRING MY U/W CAMERA?
Yes you can bring your own U/W camera but you can not use the flash, that disturbs the sharks.
$ 125 USD