Shark Dive is one of our biggest attractions at Ocean Explorers
We are lucky to be one of the very few places in the world who runs this unique dive. We have the fantastic opportunity to show you how amazing these creatures are!
During this dive you will have the chance to see these incredible animals interacting with Jeferson, our professional feeder with over 10 years of experience in St Maarten. The sharks attending the feeding are Caribbean Reef Sharks and range from 3 to 9 feet in length. They are free to come and go as they please so we never know how many sharks will show up for the feed. We only take a couple of pieces of fish to be divided between many sharks once or twice a week so they still have to hunt for themselves, we are not changing their behavior. We often say that we are just giving them “snacks”!
We are very passionate about these beautiful creatures and our goal is to put YOU in contact with them so you might learn to love and respect them and perhaps, in this way, you will share our passion for protecting them. Over 100 million sharks are killed every year for shark fin soup consumers in a process called "Finning". What this means is that sharks are caught, their fins cut off, and then they are thrown back into the ocean. It is a brutal death where they not only bleed out but drown as well since sharks need to constantly be swimming in order to breath.
They need our protection! Humans are their biggest predator and sharks are becoming extinct!
Sharks are the ocean apex predators and keep our oceans clean by eating sick and weak fish to keep the schools healthy. Without sharks our coral reefs will eventually die and the whole underwater ecosystem along with it so it is a very serious matter.
During this dive you would be at maximum depth of 60ft on a designated spot of sand from which you have a front row seat in watching our instructor feed and interact with the sharks. The dive typically lasts 30 to 40 minutes in the afternoons and is a 20 minute boat ride from our shop.
To be able to participate you need to be diving in the last year or previously dove with us.
The cost for the SHARK DIVE is U$85 per person.
A: Yes, as safe as any other dive. You have more chance to get hit by lightning OR a coconut falling from the tree than being bit by a shark!
You are welcome to bring your cameras/video cameras with strobes on this dive and we guaranty that the sharks won't mind smiling at you!