& SHARK SAFARI
Diving with smalltooth sawfish, silky sharks,
oceanic whitetips, bull sharks, reef sharks and
Andros Island, Bahamas.
Fishing Lodge on Andros Island.
Open Water Certification.
May 21-27, 2016
per person double occ. $3995 single occ.
ANDROS ISLAND 2016 TRIP REPORT
This trip includes:
diving with sawfish and other estuarine species of sharks
diving with bull sharks and Caribbean reef sharks.
One day of
blue water chumming for oceanic whitetip sharks.
One day of
diving with silky sharks.
captain and crew / shark wranglers.
attractants including chum and hang baits.
accommodation at a fishing lodge on Andros Island.
Personal diving equipment, flights, land
transfers, alcohol, gratuities.
Dive with the Sharks of Andros
has long been a shark diving mecca but some of the best
shark islands are still relatively undiscovered. Andros
Island incorporates the third largest barrier reef on the
planet. Not surprisingly, it has some of the most diverse
shark diving you will
ever do. From blue water encounters with silky and oceanic
sharks to inshore chumming sessions with Caribbean reef
sharks, blacktips and bull sharks. Not to mention, unique
estuarine encounters with enormous sawfish, and tiny
sharpnose sharks, bonnetheads and more. So join us for a
Shark Safari you will remember forever!
The Hunt for Smalltooth
so long ago, the smalltooth sawfish almost became extinct
due to overfishing and bycatch in fishing nets. Fortunately,
after a long fought campaign, sawfish received complete
protection and they are finally starting to rebound. Andros
Island contains some large, rarely visited, coastal lagoons
where sawfish are relatively common. Finding them is still
tricky but your chances of seeing them around Andros are
Note that sawfish can reach enormous sizes - potentially up
to 6m/18ft long so encounters with them have an element of
Snorkel with Blacknose, Caribbean
Sharpnose and Bonnethead Sharks
In the areas where you will look for sawfish,
there are mangrove and sea grass flats that are home to many
small shark species. The inshore rivers are sometimes
teeming with small sharks and stingrays that migrate up and
down the rivers with the tides. If we encounter these
species we will slip in on snorkel to document as many
species as possible.
Dive with Silky Sharks
Island is surrounded by very deep water. There is a navy
buoy suspended at the surface above a canyon that is 6000ft
deep. The buoy attracts all manner of pelagic fishes from
tiny snappers to enormous tuna, there is always something
taking refuge or looking for a meal under the buoy.
are fish, there are sharks. In this case the sharks are
mostly silky sharks; a beautiful open ocean species that
shows little fear around divers.
If you want
to get very close to one of the most photogenic species in
the shark world, you will love this dive site!
Dive with Bull Sharks and Caribbean
Andros Island has always been a bit of a
backwater. It dwarves all of the other Bahamian Islands but
there has never been that much infrastructure especially in
the area that we will be based for this expedition.
Consequently, it is very much an untouched wilderness; a
wilderness filled with sharks. By chumming on the shallow
reefs, we expect to encounter many Caribbean reef sharks and
bull sharks. Our operator ran a dive shop on Andros for many
years so he is very aware of all the shark hotspots.
Dive with the Sharks of Andros
And chum up Oceanic Whitetip Sharks
As if all of the above wasn't enough already,
we will also spend a day in deep water in a region called
the Tongue of the Ocean. There we will chum for Oceanic
Whitetip Sharks. Oceanics are skilled open ocean predators
that spend their entire lives hunting in bottomless blue
water. Although this area does not have as large a whitetip
population as Cat Island, there are still plenty of sharks
here if we can find them.
Day 1 - Arrive from Nassau (flight not
included) and check into your room at the lodge. Go for a
snorkel or relax at the bar and prepared gear for day 2.
Day 2 - First day of shark diving. We will
head out to an inshore reef where smalltooth sawfish are
most commonly seen. Initially we will try to attract them
with bait. If that is unproductive we will head onto the
shallow sea grass flats adjacent to the river estuaries to
look for them there. We have a very good chance of locating
them there but the visibility is usually lower than out on
Day 3 - After a quick breakfast we will head
far offshore to the Navy Buoy to attract silky sharks.
Returning by late afternoon to enjoy a supper at the lodge.
Day 4 - This day we will likely do some shark
diving on Andros' inshore reefs to attrack bull sharks and
Caribbean reef sharks. There is a chance we may also see
other species including tigers and lemon sharks.
Day 5 - Our second day out in deep water.
This time chumming for oceanic whitetips in the Tongue of
Day 6 - Last chance to bag some unique shots
of Smalltooth Sawfish. We will also try to head into shallow
water to look for some of the smaller shark species that
call Andros home.
Day 7 - After a leisurely breakfast and some
fond farewells, check out and fly
Offshore chumming days will
be scheduled during the best weather windows
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