How Diving with Sharks Works

Shark Stomping Grounds

One of the important things to know about sharks is that they are creatures of habit and will haunt the same areas year after year. They travel to these places as the seasons change and their food sources move. Companies have popped up around the globe to ensure that their customers are in the right locations at the right times.

Southern California, South Africa and Australia reign as some of the best places for shark sightings. Typically, shark diving companies operate from the mainland and travel to the ocean waters around islands for dives. For example, Isla Guadalupe off the coast of Baja, California has become a popular spot for U.S. travelers interested in spending time with sharks. As for non-U.S. destinations, you can check out Dyer Island close to South Africa, or the Fiji Islands if you're coming from Australia. These are all spots that the companies know well and are typical shark "hang-outs" that will give divers a great chance to get their money's worth [sources: Shark Diving International, Africa Diver].

Since diving with sharks is such a specialized business, the companies will often supply their customers with all that they need for a successful dive. To begin with, many trips are all-inclusive and include accommodations and meals on the boat. Also, as we mentioned earlier, all equipment is supplied by the company, and you'll likely take some basic safety classes before the first dive. Most companies offer insurance that can cover everything from a lost bag to accidental death or dismemberment.

The cost of the trip will vary depending on the amount of time you will be diving and how far you must travel to get there. Day trips will start from $700 while five- to nine-day trips will run upwards of $3,200 [source: Shark Diving International].

So, you have booked your trip, received your dive instructions on the boat and are ready to hit the water. Read on to find out what types of sharks you'll see as you descend into the deep.