The Awakening Shark Dive was born when I met The Barefoot Collection in Fiji. We decided to create something unique that would be good for the sharks, good for the reef, good for the local communities, totally safe and providing research opportunities. We used the latest scientific information, experience from other shark dive sites and our own ideas to design a safe, easy, sustainable and spectacular shark dive. The project started in 2015 but was live and available in 2016, the time for us to setup the dive properly and safely.
You can follow the Facebook page of the Dive >HERE< to get access to new photos, videos and updates about the dive and our sharks.
I also created a list of useful information and with it a few photos of the dive:
– The dive runs every morning from Barefoot Kuata Resort. Divers must spend the night on the island (or get a private transfer from the mainland) to attend a detailed briefing about sharks and the dive plan and rules. The dive site is just 15-20 minutes away from the Diveshop by boat.
– The total duration of the dive is around 45-50 minutes, but the time with the sharks is usually between 25 and 30 minutes, depending on the tide and air consumption. The depth is 22 meters, allowing for Open-Water divers to enjoy the experience just after they finished the course they can do on the island in just 3 days with our SSI instructors.
– It is possible to arrive on the island without any scuba diving experience, learn in a few days and meet large 3 meters sharks that can only be seen in a very few places around the world.
– The main species we see at the moment are the beautiful Bull Sharks, but we have seen 10 different species on the site including Tiger Sharks and Great Hammerhead Sharks.
– There is an off-season where Bull Sharks are more shy (mating season) which slowly start in October and finish in January, with a peak in December. We still operate but there is a chance that you will see less sharks and from further away – there is also more chances to see other species like Tiger Sharks. The rest of the year is good action but there might be circumstances that lead to less or shy sharks (i.e. cyclones, ecological events such as spawning aggregations nearby, whales etc…). Best months are May to September.
– Most of our Bull Sharks have names because we can recognize them, based on scars and other features. This is important because it allows us to collect precious data for some of our science projects.
– We do feed our sharks but in a very specific way to make sure it is GOOD for them, for the reef, and doesn’t increase (but in fact probably reduce) their dangerousness toward human. It is NOT possible to see Bull Sharks the way we see them without feeding. If you would like to see sharks without feeding you will need to aim at other species such as grey reef sharks or scalloped hammerhead sharks, but if you think feeding is bad please educated yourself and learn all the good it can do when done right.
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