For people who know little more about the ocean than what they learned from "Jaws," sharks can seem like terrifying creatures. And it's precisely this fear that has led adrenaline junkies to climb into a cage and surround themselves with these razor-toothed fish.
Shark cage dives are offered in many locations across the world. The species of sharks that you'll see depends on the place where you go diving. At Tiger Beach in the Bahamas, for example, you can swim in the warm, shallow, clear waters that tiger sharks call home. For an encounter with the legendary Great White shark, venture to Simon's Town, South Africa, located just 45 minutes from Cape Town.
Cage diving companies will provide all the gear you need, and because air is typically supplied from the surface, no diving experience is required. Once at the dive site you'll climb into the cage, which commonly measures about 10 feet by 3 feet (3 meters by 0.9 meters) and holds about four divers. It remains tethered to the boat and usually is lowered just under the surface of the water. And while it may sound a little risky, cage diving is quite safe. The galvanized steel cages do a pretty good job of keeping the creatures close enough for excitement, but distant enough to prevent you from becoming fish food.