If You Want Adventure on Your Next Vacation, You Can’t Beat Swimming With Sharks

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People are led to believe sharks are the most deadliest creatures of the sea, but that's not the case. If you can get past their ginormous size and teeth, you'll feel your heartbeat calming down and end up having one of the best experiences seeing them in action up close. Are you up for the thrill? Check out these amazing places to go for a swim with sharks.

1. Nassau, Bahamas

Stuart's Cove in the Bahamas takes you underwater to explore Caribbean reef sharks. On the first dive, you'll be close to the feeding site, but no food will actually be given to the sharks. This gives you a sense of how they act in the wild. On the second dive, you will be in control of the feeding trough, and release food to the sharp-toothed creatures. Dinnertime!

2. Viti Levu, Fiji

Fiji has some of the clearest waters, making it great for shark diving. One of the best places to dive in the small country is at Bequa Adventure Divers. Their main dive, called "The Shark Dive," is considered the best in the world by diving legend Ron Taylor. On the dive, you'll get the chance to come face-to-face with eight different species of sharks. Don't freak out, but one of the eight species is the bull shark, one of the most dangerous shark species to humans.

3. New South Wales, Australia

Go down under … literally. At Fish Rock Cave, you’ll see fish, turtles, moray eels, and blue groper. You’ll even see some large, speckled wobbegong sharks on the eastern side of the cave. South West Rocks Dive Center has daily charters to take people out to experience the 410-foot cave.

4. Cancun, Mexico

The largest concentration of whale sharks lives in Cancun, Mexico (specifically Isla Mujeres). The whale shark is the largest fish in the ocean, weighing in at more than 27,000 pounds. They're usually found swimming with manta rays, and you'll be able to see both of these animals up close and personal while they're feeding at surface level, with Keen M International Blue Water Encounters. You can choose to either swim with them or be in a cage as you float and observe.

5. Bodufolhudhoo, Maldives

If you’re going to dive with sharks in the Maldives, make sure you go to Atoll Scuba. It’s a top dive site for divers of all levels. Depending on the water's current, you can circumnavigate the entire area in one dive. Besides the insanely beautiful colored reef, you’ll see great reef and whitetip sharks.

6. Oahu, Hawaii

The Hawaii Shark Encounter dive is an eco-friendly experience like no other. They work to educate guests who've come to shark-dive about the current problems in the ecosystem and how the current executions of sharks affect fish and humans. On your excursion, you'll see 400-pound Galapagos sharks and even tiger sharks if you're lucky. The tiger shark, which hunts for its prey at night, only comes by a few times a year.

7. Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

You'll definitely see more than just sharks when you go diving in Costa Rica with Rich Coast Diving. Swim along Playa del Cocos on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, and you'll be among turtles, octopi, and more.

8. Oslob, Philippines

At Oslob Whale Shark Watching, you have the option of snorkeling with the whale sharks or just observing them down below from a little boat. Don't worry about not being able to see them — there is a solid chance they'll come right up to you. And in the beautiful Philippines, you'll have amazing surroundings to look at as well.

9. Wilmington, North Carolina

North Carolina, specifically near the coastal city of Wilmington, is home to many shipwrecks. These sunken ships have attracted all different kinds of fish — including tiger sharks. Thanks to local diving centers like Patriot Dive Center, you can learn to dive and see the marine life without leaving the country.

10. Gansbaai, South Africa

If you’re up to it, get as close as you can (safely) get to the great white sharks at Great White Shark Tours in Gansbaai. During your cage dive, you’ll see both the great whites and copper sharks (though it's not guaranteed you'll see them on every dive). If you’re not ready to get in the cage, you can safely observe them from the boat.

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