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Whale Shark Encounters in Mexico
Tiger Beach tiger shark diving
Great hammerhead shark diving
Great white shark diving
giant manta dive at Isla Socorro
oceanic whitetip shark diving
killer whale orca encounter
Dive with Great Whites, Sevengill Sharks, Makos, Blue Sharks, 5 species of Catsharks and Spotted Gully Sharks in False Bay, South Africa.
Whale shark and manta encounter
Basking shark diving
sardine run diving
Beluga Whale Diving
humpback whale diving
sailfish diving
Salmon shark diving in Alaska
 
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BIGFISHEXPEDITIONS TESTIMONIALS

 

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WHAT OUR GUESTS ARE SAYING ABOUT BIG FISH EXPEDITIONS:

LAND BASED ORCAS. NORWAY 2017

I was recently in Norway for the land based trip, and would like to offer many thanks to some of your staff for making such a great experience. Although nature was against us this year, in as much as the Orca’s and Humpbacks stayed more out to see, Simon, the guide and representative, was fantastic in his efforts to help us have the best experience in the challenging circumstances. He did everything possible to accommodate, and his great personality and humour kept us entertained both night and day, and whom I know I will see again on other trips. And together with the Captain of our boat, Ingel and his wife, no one could have tried harder. Ingel’s experience and knowledge of the area shone through and he persevered until we found pods of Orca’s we could swim with, which was great, he also found the more solitary humpbacks which we were able to follow and film, and also we had a younger Humpback which regularly visited us at the harbour!
Thanks to all involved with this trip, including the other guests which made it great, they know who they are !
Thank you,
Clayton.

 

WHALE SHARKS 2016

A truly remarkable experience which exceeded all of my expectations. I have always wanted to snorkel with the whale sharks and this was absolutely the best way to fulfill that ambition with a world class company. Andy and Laura are awesome!

Alan M. Aliskovitz. Pittsburgh, PA, USA

 

WHALE SHARKS 2016

Andy's whale shark dive had been on my bucket list for awhile. Although my husband and I dive quite often, and I have been fortunate enough to have traveled many exotic places, the whale shark has always eluded me. NO MORE!! Thanks to Andy and Laura I can check that one off because we had the best days ever! There were hundreds of whale sharks and too many mantas to count. The water was warm and the most beautiful color of blue I have ever seen. We were able to stay in the water with them until we were so tired we couldn't lift another fin. My husband flew his drone and got some very exciting footage. As with all of our trips with BFE, we were well taken care of and had no worries at all. We are counting the days until Socorro!! Book early, and go, this is the easiest trip and by far one you will never forget!!! Thanks BFE!!!
John and Bobbi Dickinson, Jupiter, FL, USA.

 

WHALE SHARKS 2016

The 2016 Whale Shark trip was undoubtedly one of the best vacations we have taken. From arrival at the airport to departure, Andy and Laura go out of their way to insure everyone is happy. As for the sharks, they are all that, and abundant also! It was a true bucket list experience to swim with them and the manta rays that showed up everyday to play. We sincerely plan to attend another Big Fish Expedition and recommend them to all.

Duane Allen, Florida.

 

WHALE SHARKS 2016

I have been on 3 Big Fish Expeditions trips by now and surely more to come. After THE trip of my life in Socorro, we went to Isla Mujeres to watch whale Sharks. We had plenty of them but in addition a fantastic show of Mantas. It's been a tremendous week. Thanks Laura and Andy

Andre Savard, Montreal.

 

BELUGAS AND POLAR BEARS 2016

My wife and I went on this trip last month and it was phenomenal. Many close encounters with the Belugas and many more Polar Bears than I expected to see. We had a really good group and a fantastic time was had by all. I have done many trips with Andy Murch over the years and I have always enjoyed them. I have already booked the next trip for my wife and i with Big Fish Expeditions!

Bob Pecoraro, Hawaii.

 

BELUGAS AND POLAR BEARS 2016

It was simply amazing, been a while I didnt have so much fun and trill. We saw everything except the sasquatch haha.
We had 3 great days swimming with belugas, on someday, we spent 1 hour 45 minutes straight with the belugas, so much action, the belugas was so friendly.
We saw so many polar bears from the zodiac and tundra buggy. At night we had the chance to see the northern light, first time for me.
On the last day, on the buggy tour, we saw in bonus, arctic fox family, snowy owl, caribou and bald eagle.

Senevilay Malichanh, Montreal, Canada

 

TIGER BEACH 2016
After an unforgettable trip to Socorro in 2015 with Big Fish Expeditions we did not hesitate to book Tiger Beach with them and were certainly not disappointed. Shark Diving does not get any better than Tiger Beach, surrounded by magnificent Tigers, Lemon, Caribbean Reef and Nurse sharks on every dive in the crystal clear warm waters of the Bahamas. Andy and Laura run meticulously planned trips and cater for all divers needs to ensure everyone is more than satisfied. The boat is very comfortable as a live-aboard and to dive off, the food is great and plentiful and the boat crew and dive guides are knowledgeable and professional. Andy has a wealth of knowledge on sharks and rays and as a professional photographer is generous with useful advice. Will be back!
Nick Rawnsley, Queensland, Australia.

 

TIGER BEACH 2016

Thank you to Andy and Big Fish Expeditions for another epic trip, my eighth with him now.
As usual the Big Fish Encounters were amazing but most importantly Andy, the Crew and all the other guests really made the trip fantastic.
Thank you again to Andy & everyone involved,
David C. UK & Canada.

 

GREAT HAMMERHEADS 2016

Just got back from the Hammerhead trip in Bimini in the Bahamas and wanted to say a huge thank you to Laura McColl and Andy Murch from Big Fish Expeditions for organizing everything! It was a great trip with great people! It is always nice to meet like minded individuals and the passion and love for the ocean that they both show is inspiring! PS thanks you to Neal and Sean on the scuba god as well!

Angela D. Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, Canada.

 

GREAT HAMMERHEADS 2016

It was an amazing trip! You sure delivered on getting us up close & personal to an incredible number of them :)

Trisha B. Ontario, Canada.

 

AMERICAN CROCODILES 2015

This crocodile trip was the most amazing experience I’ve had thus far. I’ve traveled a lot, but nothing was quite as authentic as getting to watch crocodiles up close in their natural habitat. It was absolutely amazing to be in the water with these aquatic reptiles and have the opportunity to photograph and video them right up close. The diving on the trip was excellent. There were a variety of dive sights, including a shipwreck that was only 15 feet deep so it was vibrant and full of sea life. I was worried about going this trip because I had no diving experience aside from my certification, and most of the group had been diving for years, but the guides were very knowledgeable, made sure to explain everything clearly and made me feel safe, which really added to the experience. When we weren’t diving or snorkelling there was great food and the staff was really fun. It really was a trip I’ll never forget. I recommend this trip for divers or animal lovers of any level!
Paige S., Canada.

AMERICAN CROCODILES 2015

The American Crocodile trip hosted by Big Fish was an unique and incredible experience that I would recommend to anyone seeking adventure.
Issac R., USA.

AMERICAN CROCODILES 2015

It was truly an honor for the crocodiles to allow us to share the same space. I will definitely be booking more Big Fish Expeditions trips in the future. Thanks for an amazing experience.
Jake M., USA.

 

WHALE SHARKS 2015

The 2015 season of whale sharks with Andy exceeded all expectations. I chose Andy because he is a true expedition leader, not a tour guide. If you are there to enjoy and participate with the sharks he is your guy. We arrived on site before the other boats and remained afterward to have "alone time" with them. On one day alone I counted over 400 shark encounters. Another reason for choosing Andy was for me to discuss his other wonderful adventures. I am now trying to narrow down the next location from his many wonderful choices. And I am not ruling out returning to see these graceful sharks. The only way to go enjoy these sharks is with Andy and his team.

Ed Downing, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

WHALE SHARKS 2015

First experience with big fish expeditions, great experience. Will be back for other trips. Good accommodation and great boat crew. Amazing experience with the whale sharks.

Senevilay Malichanh, Montreal, Canada.

 

WHALE SHARKS 2015

As a professional underwater photographer, I was thrilled with my recent trip to Isla Mujeres and time in the water with the whale sharks. Thank you so much for all the time and effort put into planning and leading the trip through Big Fish Expeditions! The accomodations were wonderful! The charter boat crews were helpful and the best at locating the whale sharks and, most importantly, giving us so much time with them in the water! The entire experience was everything and more that I expected! I look forward to future trips with both of you!
Richard Apple
Applecorps Photography, Jupiter FL.

 

WHALE SHARKS 2015

This was our first trip with Big Fish Expeditions but it certainly won't be our last! Everything was professionally organized and handled, from early communications to transportation to and from the airport (which involved vans, ferries, and taxis, so it was by no means a simple endeavor), to the local boat captains and guides. Of course nothing is guaranteed when you're talking about wild animals, but the Big Fish team did everything they could to ensure amazing encounters. We swam with more sharks than we could have imagined! Once you're out on the water and see how other operations run their trips, you'll be VERY glad to have chosen Big Fish. We spent so much more time with the sharks than we would have with one of the day boats, and our small group was perfect. No "cattle boat" feeling on this trip! Not to mention that we got a treasure trove of information about sharks, mantas, whales, and other marine creatures from Andy and other guides. We also did the add-on Manta Valley dive and highly recommend it to certified divers. We were worried about missing a day with the whale sharks, but we had so many encounters on the other days that in the end it wasn't an issue at all. Whether you see mantas or not, it is a unique experience to go to such a pristine site that is not regularly frequented by divers. All in all, this trip truly exceeded our expectations. We can't recommend it highly enough!"
Barbara Rocci, USA.

 

WHALE SHARKS 2015

Our trip to Isla Mujeres was a trip of a lifetime. We fell in love with the island, and could not believe the accessibility to the huge numbers of whale sharks. We usually have mediocre luck with adventure trips but this one delivered big time! Once all the splash-N-dash operators left the area it was not unusual to be the only boats on the 100+ sharks. Day 1 had an estimated 200 sharks! It was also not unusual to have to get out of the way of an oncoming shark while swimming with another one. Once everyone on the boat agreed, and only when everyone had had their fill, we'd return to the magnificent beach on the island and relax at one of the beachfront bars drinking inexpensive (but not weak) frozen beverages and tell stories of the day's activities. The village at Isla Mujeres is home to many charming shops, bars, restaurants, street vendors, and great local inhabitants easily within walking distance. We had a terrific time, and as was the plan, the experience will be one that will stay with me as long as I live. Thanks Andy, for the great trip!

Don Hyde, Andros, Bahamas.

 

TIGER BEACH 2015

I would highly recommend this trip if you love close encounters with sharks! This was my favorite shark dive trip by far and an amazing place to go to photograph sharks. It is hard to beat the quantity sharks (tigers, lemons, reef, and nurse) on every dive, excellent visibility, warm water, relatively shallow depth (typically 20 to 45 feet), as well as the pure adrenaline from seeing large tiger sharks swimming right next to you and looking you in the eyes. The trip leaders and crew were knowledgeable and went out of there way to keep everyone safe. Last, but not least, the food was plentiful, fresh, and delicious (much better than I expected!).
Jim Belles, California.

 

TIGER BEACH 2015

BEST TRIP ever! A turn-key operation! From the communication up-front to the travel arrangements at the end of the trip. Truly a Class Act.
The Captain to Crew all first rate, well experienced and excellent at keeping you safe, all while having the Dive of a lifetime!
Scott Bratton, USA.

 

GREAT HAMMERHEADS 2015

This was my forth trip with Big Fish Expeditions and let me say, the team was spot on yet again. Another outstanding trip filled with Great Hammerhead encounters that were nothing short of superb! However as amazing as this trip was, I've decided to take a different approach with this review and point out all the negatives for those out there who read reviews and say to themselves "it can't really be that good!
A few things you should all be wary off: At times I found the water was too wet, the sand was too white, the sky was wayyy too blue, and the sharks? Well there was just way too many sharks! One day we had 13 different Great Hammers show up! 13 of them crowding my camera frame, when all I was trying to do was nail a nice crisp Nurse Shark photo! Oh well, there's always next time.
Alex C, Ontario, Canada.

 

GREAT HAMMERHEADS 2015

This was my third Big Fish expedition and BFE's third home run for me. If you want to get up close with great hammerhead sharks, this trip definitely delivers -- I'm talking fish eye lens filling, camera bumping close! On this trip, we were lucky enough to get in the water with hammers five days straight. The first two days were filled with hammerhead photo ops and day three was a record-smasher with 10 hammers on one dive and at least 13 for the day. We even watched a research boat from the shark lab track a newly tagged shark around us for most of the day. Day three finished with some surface shots as we baited the hammers up to the back of the boat. We even got cheers from the researchers when one shark broke water with its dorsal fin for a long run at our bait. Very cool! On day four, we started out with a side trip to Triangle Rock for a grey reef shark feed, then stopped by Honeymoon Bay for an impromptu stingray feed. It was an unexpected bit of fun and, as a bonus, we had a few visits from some blacknose sharks. To finish up the day, we went back up to the hammerhead feeding area and got in for a sunset dive that lasted into the darkness where we were able to get some great images of hammers with a striking black background. On our last day, the weather blew in but we managed to get in the water for a quick dive and say, "goodbye for now" to Bimini's Great Hammerheads.
Each of the BFE trips I've been on has been a unique and memorable experience, with some common threads…excellent encounters with big fish, well researched and well planned trips with great operators, and especially awesome BFE trip leaders who work with the local operators to ensure the guests get the best experience possible.
I can hardly wait for my next BFE trip…Humboldt Squid Diving Safari, here I come!!

Robert Abell, Texas.

 

GREAT HAMMERHEADS 2015

I'm just coming back from my second big fish expedition in Bimini, after the previous in Cat Island two years ago. As the previous oceanics trip, the hammerheads expedition has been a great trip! We had five long days in the ocean with a lot of big hammers and countless nurse sharks, with an incredible record of 13 different hammerheads in one day and 10 different animals in a single dive!!! The encounters were very close and photo opportunities outstanding! I already saw sometimes scalloped hammerheads in Maldives but, in all honesty, the massive great hammerheads are really impressive! Apart from the hammer action, we had a bonus of beautiful reef diving with countless reef sharks and a small blacknose shark (a new species to add to my collection) and a nice dive with many stingrays and a couple of other blacknose sharks. Unfortunately, we have not meet bull sharks, that are not uncommon in Bimini water but, we know, the ocean is not and aquarium and nothing is guaranteed.

In addition to the great dives, the large condo was a few meters away from the dock where we went out each day and the dive boat was perfect ( congrats to the professionalism of Neal Watson and its team of the local dive center).

In conclusion, I would like to thank you, together with Giancarlo, Andrea and Deborah, Andy and Laura for another great trip that was a full success. BFE is definitively recommended to the shark fanatic as me and to all lovers of the adventure with big animals.

Daniele Andreini, Italy.

 

NUKU HIVA 2015
Somebody said the first day : 'it's an excursion with friends'. and this is exactly how you experience the social part of Andy's trips. apart from one person, we had all met before with BFE. If you have made it this far, be good to yourself and join the family. I have a certain experience in traveling to remote places, but Nuku Hiva to me seems pretty close to paradise. we stayed in a lovely family pension with an epic view to the bay and 300m from the diving boat.
the dive part was far better than I expected, mainly due to the knowledge and advice from the dive operator. we got to see the melonheaded whales by hundreds. the scuba part we got all the mantas and scalloped hammerheads we could ask for. very good interaction with the hammerheads!! even Andy got a good picture..:-) and a part from this a number of other sharks and rays and dolphins.
this was my third trip with Andy and I just booked the next one.

Kjeld F. Ibsen, France.

 

MELONHEADED WHALES OF NUKU HIVA 2015

Our expedition to Nuku Hiva in January/February 2015 with Andy Murch of Big Fish Expeditions can be summed up in one word - EPIC. If you are considering a trip with Andy I suggest you just go ahead and place your deposit - then you will be committed to a trip of a lifetime. Not only is Andy an experienced and safety-first leader, he is one of the nicest and most caring men I have had the pleasure of spending a week with. I’m not sure how many trips and weeks he is on the road but the obvious pleasure he still derives from the experience is infectious. Clearly he loves what he does and he does it well. I think his destinations speak for themselves.
Thanks for the memories Andy!

Gregg Backemeyer, Florida, USA.

 

BELUGA WHALES AND POLAR BEARS 2014

This was my second trip with Andy and it keeps getting better and better!..

The unique types of trips he runs offer even the most seasoned traveler a great adventure and out of the box experience. The belugas were up close and personal and the additional sightings of polar bears, northern lights and the eskimo dogs were icing on an already tasty cake. I look forward to future "see whats out there kinda trips".

Paul Holbrook, Massachusetts, USA.

 

BELUGA WHALES AND POLAR BEARS 2014

We journeyed to Churchill, Manitoba, to snorkel with beluga whales and as a sideline attraction, see polar bears in the wild.

In between these excursions, Andy arranged impromptu day trips wherein we were able to drive as far as the local roads would take us to discover the hidden parts of Churchill. Or we would all stay up until 2AM several nights in a row to try and photograph the northern lights.

For some, this trip was a life changing experience, for others one that stirred their soul. Many proclaimed, it was the best trip ever! Indeed, many new friendships were formed with not only fellow trip participants, but also some of the residents in Churchill.

As an experienced diving photojournalist who has enjoyed many off the beaten path adventures, this is one I would highly recommend and would return to again in a heartbeat. Thank you! Andy Murch and Big Fish Expeditions for making it all unfold so effortlessly.

Jett Britnell, British Columbia, Canada.

 

BELUGA WHALES AND POLAR BEARS 2014

I think it really hit me about the third day in. I was in no ordinary place. No roads lead here, you can only arrive by plane or train. There are no stop lights, barely any traffic. You can walk everywhere. But Churchill is indeed a magical place. Where else on earth can you go snorkeling with belugas, witness polar bears and then see the Northern Lights all in the same day? And then wake up and do it all over again? You knocked this one out of the park Andy Murch!!

Bobbi Dickinson, Jupiter, Florida.

 

SOCORRO MANTAS 2014

(Only) my second trip with Andy, but what a trip!!!

Unlike a number of the divers on these trips, I'm more a diver than a photographer, so my approach might be slightly different. I have been diving on all continents (except the cold one..:-))
but this trip completely changed my references. On the diving side it was just better than anything I've done in French Polynesia, Madagascar, New Zealand et cetera.
But Andy's way of being a guide you exchange with makes such a difference to the 'stars' that organize equivalent trips and this makes the atmosphere on board just great. I feel I have 16 new friends that I know I'll cross paths with again soon.
Thanks Laura and Andy and see you soon!

Kjeld Ibsen, Marseille, France.

 

SOCORRO MANTAS 2014

"In today's day and age words like awesome and amazing are thrown around to all too often to describe normal everyday events. Big Fish Expeditions' Manta Trip to Socorro was anything but normal. This trip was quite simply EPIC to the truest definition of the word. You could sense the careful planning in every detail of the trip from the boat, crew, and timing of the trip. The team at Big Fish delivered an unforgettable, world class diving trip! Everything we hoped to see made an appearance including the white tips and hammerheads at Roca Pardita, the infamous playful Socorro dolphins and scuba-loving mantas at the Boiler. The breaching humpbacks and an unexpected whale shark were amazing additional bonuses. There was nothing more we could have asked for from either the marine life or the boat and crew. We'll definitely be looking to book with Big Fish Expeditions again in the future."
Alex & Andrea Covelli, Ontario, Canada.

 

SOCORRO MANTAS 2014

Thank you for a fantastic, wonderful adventure! The Socorro trip was absolutely the best dive trip for me yet! Diving and interacting with the Mantas, dolphins, hammerheads and multiple different kinds of sharks, whale sharks and whales was magical! Thanks again! I will sign up soon for my next dive with you!

Gary McClain, USA

 

BIMINI HAMMERHEADS 2014

Thank you for what was another great big fish expedition. As always everything rocked!
David C, Vancouver, BC.

 

BIMINI HAMMERHEADS 2014

Thanks again for a great time to Andy, Laura and Big Fish Expeditions, we are looking forward to our next adventure with you this summer.

Rob Flach, Victoria, BC, Canada.

 

KILLER WHALE EXPEDITION 2014

Home after an incredible trip to Norway to swim with orcas! Another awesome time with Big Fish Expeditions! We had some perfect encounters with orcas in the water, and watched humpback whales feeding with them on herring from the boat. This was the most amazing thing I've ever done, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Trisha Stovel, Vancouver, BC., Canada.

 

KILLER WHALE EXPEDITION 2014

If you’ve ever had the desire to see Orcas from their perspective, this is the trip. Right from the start, the crew has a method for encounters that start with the whales first having the option of staying away from us. You can jump in the water with a lot of different large species, but these intelligent and social animals are pretty much the pinnacle. What struck me on this trip was not so much being in the water with a pod of Orcas, that was anticlimactic after all the planning and preparing. It was their sheer power and size seeing them from the dive boat that impressed me the most. They are more remarkable when you’re at their level on the surface than you’d ever imagine if you saw them from a whale watching tour on a large boat from 100 meters away. Here, they surface right next to you and you’re looking right at that two meter tall dorsal fin sail by. If you’re not into diving or snorkeling, this would still be the trip of a lifetime if you want to see and photograph Orcas up close. You will also see other whale species spouting near the M/S Sula, and perhaps like us, see Humpbacks together with the Orcas sharing the bait ball. If you want to get in the water, be prepared for an extreme adventure, but one that you’ll never forget.

Dustin Hurbut, Washington State, USA.

 

OCEANIC WHITETIP SHARKS 2013

My first trip with Andy Murch of BigFishExpeditions.com was to Cat Island, Bahamas, to dive and photograph Oceanic White Tips. It was an amazing adventure!

First, Andy is very laid back, incredibly organized, and great fun to be with! The
crew he arranged on the roomy boat were invaluable. The "12" Oceanic WT female (and most expecting) sharks that came every day were treated with ultimate respect!

I could go on and on but know that I\'ve signed up for Andy's Hammerhead Expedition in Bimini Feb 2014 and Socorro Mar 2014! Can't wait!!!

Terri Roberts, Florida, USA.

 

WHALE SHARKS 2013

My group had an AMAZING time!!!! I can't wait to go on another trip! Not only was the shark diving amazing but you guys make the trip fun and easy going. Everything seemed very well organized and the quality of the trip as a whole was top notch! I liked staying at Na Balam much more than I would have at a large traditional hotel. I never imagined we would see so many sharks AND mantas! The mobula rays were a nice surprise as well. I have no complaints or improvement suggestions.... just envy that I can't do what you all do for a living ;-). Hopefully we'll see you again soon! Thanks again for an unforgettable trip!

Briauna Azan, Missouri, USA

 

WHALE SHARKS 2013

"I know I speak for myself and everyone in my group when I say that everything about the whale shark trip was absolutely amazing! Great shark diving, great people, great service. Andy and Laura are friendly, passionate about what they do, and work hard to make sure everything runs smoothly. It was a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I can't wait to take more Big Fish trips in the future!!"

Chuelo Arias, Missouri, USA

 

WHALE SHARKS 2013

"...planes, busses, ferries, taxis, dive boats, through every aspect of our trip, Andy and Laura were there making sure things went smoothly. It made the trip much more enjoyable, as their experience from many previous trips made our trip flawless, even laid back! . We are going back next year, that says it all"..

Nicki Miller, USA

 

WHALE SHARKS 2013

Thanks Andy for a totally amazing whale shark trip. You and your boat captains were very professional and so helpful with every aspect of the trip. If anyone ever wonders who is is the best company to see the whale sharks with it has to be Big Fish Expeditions, sign up now for a trip of a lifetime!

Christine DiCurti, Fairbanks, Alaska

WHALE SHARKS 2013

"I have been on many Dive trips over the year's, and the attention to detail on our Big Fish Expedition was noteworthy. The knowledge that Andy shared about the animals, and photographing them far exceeded my expectations. I can't wait to go back next year!"

Steve Miller 2013

 

WHALE SHARKS 2013

"When it comes to Big Fish trips, your Whale Shark adventure was second to none. Christine and I had a blast. Thank you for all your preparations".

Kathy Cope, Arizona, USA

 

WHALE SHARKS 2013

"I had the pleasure of returning to Isla Mujeres with Andy Murch of Big Fish Expeditions for the Whale Shark trip this year. It was one of the most enjoyable expeditions I have been on. I like to photograph big animals underwater and have been with Andy on several other trips. Andy works very hard to make sure you are presented with every possible opportunity to get shots of the targeted species. In this case, the Whale Sharks. Not only did we have the appearance of hundreds of Whale Sharks this year, but also many Mantas. When you were waiting for a Whale Shark to swim by, and those waits weren't long, you could swim with the aerobatic Mantas as they looped and whirled around and under the Whale Sharks.
On this trip as with others I have done with Andy, he and his staff work with local, experienced, providers to get you into the best situation to interact with the animals. In Isla Mujeres, Andy made sure we were first on site in the morning and had the peak time of day to shoot stills and video of the sharks. Unlike other trips I have been on, Andy ensures you maximize your time in the water rather than getting just a few short and very controlled encounters. Also, the accommodations were clean, comfortable and affordable. If you are interested in top notch photographs or the emotional high of being very close to such large animals, then Big Fish Expeditions is the operator to go with."

Dustin Hurbut, USA

 

CAT ISLAND 2013

Thank you again for the great trip in Cat island. The experience with Oceanics was amazing and all the organization (diving boat, diving crew-Beto overstanding-, boat, resort) was perfect.
I hope to join you in other expeditions in the future!

Daniele A. Italy.

 

TIGER BEACH 2013

I just returned from a week at Tiger Beach and it did not disappoint. It was nice to see old dive friends, meet new dive friends, and to be in the center of lots of shark action with Dolphins, Tigers, Lemons, and Reef sharks. It was awesome, thanks Andy for another great trip. Now it's off to Cat Island for Oceanic White Tips for a week!

Dustin Hurlbut USA

 

WHALE SHARKS 2012

This was the first of 3 bookings I've made with Andy and bigfishexpeditions.com and it certainly turned out to be a safe bet, so I keenly look forward to the next two. I've only had one brief encounter with Whale sharks before and so I was a little concerned as to whether we would find any on the 4 day trip or indeed how long the encounters would be. Well I need not have worried, Day one consisted of whales sharks for 6 hours and if I had gone home after that day I would have been content with the trip, however day 2 (albeit a little slower) and day 3 were also good days but day 4 surpassed even day 1 and the sea was awash with whale sharks, so many that you didn't know which way to turn. I have hundreds of pictures as well as video footage which I'm still trying to go through.
In terms of what the trip promised, it certainly surpassed my expectations. Andy organised the trip well, he is a very likable and laid back individual who is obviously very passionate about what he does and very knowledgeable about the subject. The hotel was located in a prime spot on the beach requiring just a short paddle from the breakfast area to the awaiting boat. Would I go again? yes I certainly would, however I have other places and subjects to experience first so whale sharks will have to wait for a while. Would I recommend this trip? yes definitely and have done so to my friends already! Andy you're going to need a bigger boat!! :)

Manish Patel USA/UK

 

WHALE SHARKS 2012

I had an amazing time on your expedition and have to say it was one of the best vacations I've taken! Being in the water so close to the whale sharks (and with so many of them) has definitely been one of the coolest things I've been able to experience! Thanks so much for organizing!

Kate Ague Kneeland, New York, USA.

 

WHALE SHARKS 2012

In the deep blue sea and whale sharks everywhere - it was a snorkel adventure of a life time, totally thrilling! Andy's strategy for getting us quality time with these amazing fish was the essence of our success. The trip was just plain wonderful. Great photos, amazing videos, and new friends. Thanks again Andy!

Best Fishes, Flo, Washington State, USA

 

OCEANIC WHITETIPS 2012

This was my third outing with Andy and it was simply awesome. We were hunting photo ops with Oceanic White Tip sharks and Andy came through big time. Our first day we ended up in the water with 12 Oceanics, which was about 11 more than I expected at any one time. We found them every day of the trip. Andy knows where to go, who to take us, and how to do it. If you have limited time like I do, and want to see as much as possible, Andy's trips are perfect. Out of the three trips I've made, we have always seen sharks on every day. This is not to mention the excellent instruction from Andy taking me to a whole new level with my underwater photographic skills.

Dustin Hurlbut. USA.

 

TIGER BEACH 2012

Our trip to Tiger Beach with Big Fish Expeditions was amazing! From super comfortable accommodations, excellent briefings, informative photo seminars to individual coaching, Andy has covered all the bases. And the sharks, there were hundreds of them including nurse sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, lemon sharks and of course the star of the show - tiger sharks.
Chris & Lesley Alstrand, San Diego, CA.

 

RHODE ISLAND SHARK SAFARI 2011

Andy knows all the best spots and all the best people it seems, and I've never before or since spent so much time with so many sharks - and after only a few days. Blues & makos are absolute must-sees, and they're a lot of fun to photograph - highly recommended.

Terry Goss, California.

 

BIG FISH EXPEDITIONS

I have been on 3 Big Fish Expeditions trips by now and have more trips to look forward to in the near future. First of all I share a big passion for sharks, whale and other big marine life and Big Fish Expedition is all about that.
As an amateur photographer is great to be among equals and even better to get new tips and ideas from professionals. Andy is very helpful showing new tricks and talk about UW photography in between dives.
Sure the destinations offers world class diving but it’s also about the people and the relation to people and Andy surely gives everyone the feeling of being very welcome and try to give everyone a lifetime experience.
Another good thing is that Andy is maybe the only pro shooters who offers trips to very reasonable prices.
I won´t go into details about all the good dives I’ve done with Big Fish but instead say GO, you will never regret it!
Br, Rasmus Raahauge
Denmark

 

TIGER BEACH 2011

Thumbs up for Big Fish Expeditions! The tiger shark expedition is an adventure I'll cherish for the rest of my life. A special thanks to Andy for helping me perfect the "lemon snaps"... a series of photos now on my office walls of lemon sharks feeding at the surface that visitors never fail to stare at in fascination. Thank you!

Patrick Pyles, USA

 

HUMBOLDT SQUID EXPEDITION 2011

We would rather go diving with Andy than with anyone else! His trips are always an adventure and provide far more than expected. He invests the extra time and effort to ensure that everyone is able to see and experience as much as possible ~ even if it takes a little longer than anticipated to catch up with the giant squid! :) On the Sea of Cortez trip, it was nearly impossible to keep up with just how many wonderful sights we shared and on the Malpelo trip, we had such a perfect little group that every day was filled with smiling. Even the hammerheads, white-tips, and small-tooth sand tigers seemed friendly.
Donald and Tara, AZ, USA

 

TIGER BEACH 2012

Thank you for the recent expedition to Tiger Beach. Had an excellent time with great diving, great people, a great hammerhead and even greater Tiger Sharks.
David, Vancouver, Canada.

 

BIG FISH EXPEDITIONS

I have been on a couple of Big Fish Photography Expeditions trips now. They are always well organized, and exceed my expectations!
Andy puts together unique and action-packed trips. I'm looking forward to my next dive experience with him.

Trisha, Vancouver, BC.

 

SHARKFEST 2011

Morehead City, NC "Sharkfest"
The coast of North Carolina is one of those places that will make you want to get surgically fitted for gills. So much life, on some beautiful shallow wrecks - and then ther're all those sharks! Andy leads a fun, laid-back itinerary and getting pro-tips from the Master Shark Shooter is a definite plus. If this isn't already on your list, it should be.

Terry Goss, California

 

SOCORRO 2012

Our trip to Socorro Island was our first trip with Andy. I highly recommend to consider Big Fish Expeditions as your partner for your next dive trip.
We had so much fun, we already booked our next trip with Big Fish and it won\'t be the last one.

Robert Flach, Victoria, BC, Canada.

 

 

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Andy Murch Trip Leader

Andy Murch

EXPEDITION LEADER

Andy Murch is a fanatical big animal diver.

He has photographed and dived with more sharks than most people on this planet and he's very good at it.

Andy's images and shark stories have appeared in hundreds of books and magazines around the world from titles as varied as National Geographic, Scuba Diving, FHM, Digital Photography,  and the Journal of Zoology.

Andy is the Creator of the ever expanding Shark and Ray Field Guide on Elasmodiver.com 

 

When not running big animal expeditions or on photographic assignments, Andy lives and dives on Vancouver Island, Canada

 

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