Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Travel  > Swimming with Sharks

Swimming with Sharks Cost


How Much Does Swimming with Sharks Cost?

 
low costOpen-Water Swims: $100-$3,600average costAdvanced Dives: $2,000-$3,600+high costMulti-Day Adventures: $2,950-$3,900+
post Post  

Swimming with sharks is available off chartered boats from Isla Guadalupe in Mexico or the Farallon Islands off California, east to the Bahamas.

Typical costs:

  • Open-water or cage-less swims typically cost $100-$3,600, depending on the location and number of dives. Off the Isla Mujeres in Mexico, home to the large plankton-eating Whale Sharks a day swim cost about $100-$150. A little more heart-pumping action may be found in the Bahamas with free swims amidst Tiger Sharks, Reef Sharks or Hammerhead at $100-$150 in a two-tank dive surrounded by the local sharks during feeding. Diving certification with basic tank skills are required.
  • Divers with Advanced Open Water Certification[1] may seek out the larger species in open waters for about $2,000 for a five-day package or $3,600 for nine days. A two and a half-hour briefing prior to diving covers the location, depth, type of interaction expected and safety procedures. Divers stay in the water as long as the sharks are nearby and the divers are comfortable for the shallower 15' dives with Tiger Sharks and up to about one hour at a time for the deeper dives. Depending on the diver's oxygen-absorption levels, one-five dives per day are possible.
  • For Great White sharks and other very large predators, organized dives are completed in metal cages in rotations of 20-60 minutes. The cages rest just below the water level with divers using a dedicated air system. A one-hour onboard class is required for non-certified divers. Submersible cages drop to levels around 100 feet and require full diving certification. Because boat trips out to areas where Great White sharks live may often take more than 20 hours of travel, most trips are several days and dives long. Isla Guadalupe[2] sits 160 miles off the coast of Baja California in 70-degree waters with about 100 feet of visibility. Cost for the five or six-day adventure including dives, equipment, meals and lodging is $2,950-$3,450, depending on choice of stateroom. One exception to distance is the rocky Farallon Islands[3] that sit 26 miles west of San Francisco and is a breeding ground for seals that attract the Great Whites. The water temperature averages 52 degrees and visibility is about 20 feet. Cost is about $775 for a one-day cage dive and includes diving air, weights and belts, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages. In the Bahamas, cage divers will need to be fully certified for multiple-day shark packages that cost $3,100-$3,900.
Related articles: Swimming with Dolphins, Passport, Travel Insurance, Digital Camera, Swimming Lessons

What should be included:
  • Most cage diving services include weights, dedicated air systems and training on how to behave[4] in the presence of underwater predators.
  • Beer and wine are provided with meals on many of the longer trips.
Additional costs:
  • Open Water Certification registration costs about $120, plus about $400-$960 for the lessons, depending on location and class size. A dive mask[5] can cost $30-$1,500, depending on the quality of the material used from rubber to hypoallergenic silicone and style. When choosing a mask[6] , a secure fit on the face is the first step. Some dive companies will require all dive gear to be black or dark colored.
  • Bringing along a witness or Topside Observer costs about $375 for a day trip. Operators warn that when in a feeding ground, watching a Great White consume a 300-pound seal is dramatic and violent.
Discounts:
  • Active-duty military personnel may receive a group discount through different suppliers.
Shopping for swimming with sharks:
  • USA Today has listed 10 great places to swim with sharks[7] including the Outer Banks in North Carolina over centuries of shipwrecks and Isla Guadalupe in Mexico.
  • ScubaDivingCertification.org offers a quick online guide to selecting a diving certification agency[8] .
  • Before selecting a diving company, ask if the boat and crew are certified by the US Coast Guard[9] or other reputable agency.
post Post  
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


And the Best Bacon Is...
This little piggy went to market.After that, Consumer Reports bought samples and tasted to determine which little piggy offered the best bacon.Top honors go to Costco, it turns out. || Posted October 5 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Swimming with Sharks
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Location: Type of Interaction: 
Number of Days:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.seesharks.com/bahamas.html
  2.  www.seesharks.com/guadalupe_island.html
  3.  www.greatwhiteadventures.com/farallon_details.html
  4.  www.elasmo-research.org/research/diving.htm
  5.  www.leisurepro.com/Cat/Context_954/Masks/958.html
  6.  www.thescubaguide.com/gear/masks/choosing-a-mask.aspx
  7.  travel.usatoday.com/destinations/10great/2010-07-29-swim-with-sharks_N.htm
  8.  www.scubadivingcertification.org/what-should-i-know-before-i-choose-a-scuba-certificati...
  9.  www.uscgboating.org/browser.aspx
More Travel Topics
Check Out All Costs for Travel How Much Does an Alaska Cruise Cost? How Much Does a Passport Cost? How Much Does a Eurail Pass Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Replace leaking supply line40' w/copper from meter to house
Paid: 2150.00
Water supply line leaking, need dig trench, 40' Type L copper pipe. 1st plumber quote $6500. Did some research, 2nd quote is $2150. Depth by city code 16 - 18", both licensed, guarantee 1 year... [more]
-Meeept2000
Replacing Copper Pipes Cost
About to start babysitting
Paid: 6.00
I’m about to start babysitting for their first time ever (for pay) and I was wondering if my pay was too high or too low. Tha family has two boys, a ten year old and an eight year old... [more]
-
Baby Sitter Cost
cost of ear drops
Paid: 67.00
I was prescribed antibiotic drops for an ear infection. Went to pick up at Walgreen's and declined due to price of $219. I asked the medical facility to send prescription to Costco. Picked it up there for $67... [more]
-jeffo
Ear Infection Cost
Be aware
Paid: 0.00
Be aware that many of the listed locksmiths are a call service and many of them are in another state. Some even try to pass as other businesses. Academy lock is a thief and abuses they employed too. There are many... [more]
-Martin Y.
Locksmith Cost
Deep cleaning
Paid: 9999.00
As a dental hygienist with 22 years experience, I can tell you “DEEP CLEANING” is not a SCAM! 1st and foremost remember your insurance coverage is to assist with treatment payments... [more]
-Tasha Nicole
Teeth Cleaning Cost
04 Nissan Sentra
Paid: 120.00
I had one key for the car I just bought a few months back, well... While I was closing the front door to my house my key was caught and severely bent, I tried to gently tap it back straight but needless to say it snapped in half... [more]
-Mz Sentra
Key Copy Cost