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“Delivered the Sharks as Advertised” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Roatan Shark Dive

Roatan Shark Dive
West End, Honduras
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Ranked #77 of 152 activities in Roatan
Type: Bodies of Water
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“Delivered the Sharks as Advertised”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Going shark diving in Roatan is by referral only. You can only make reservation through the dive shop you do your “daily” dives with, and who, it is implied, will screen appropriate bait, ehh I mean diving skills! :-) . On the day of the shark dive, our dive shop shuttle took us to a little dingy hotel in Coxen Hole, behind which Waihuka Adventure Diving, who runs the shark dive is located. 9 divers from various resorts were gathered for the briefing of our dive, including couple of kids, where a well-choreographed event was reviewed, with much emphasis on adherence to the rules and DM instructions. Staying at 75 feet for 30 min on a ledge on the “wall” with strong currents and lots of big Caribbean reef sharks is not for the anxious, novice diver, though one doesn’t have to be that experienced, either, just current with some diving experience and basic buoyancy control, comfortable following pretty strict instructions and comfortable in the knowledge that sharks just don’t like divers in general and bubbles in particular, and thus are safe to be around as long as you don’t do something stupid.

After a 10 min boat ride to the Wall, we anchored and did a back-flip entry, immediately swimming to the line attached to the mooring, as the current surely was pretty strong. Following the rope down to the ledge at 75 feet the DM placed the divers in 2 rows, the taller standing up against a reef wall and the smaller kneeling in front. The DM then started to clang, and an increasing number of 5-9 foot reef sharks appeared and circled the chum-bucket placed about 12 feet from the divers with lid still sealed. The number of circling sharks increased to 15-20 (with a huge black grouper providing comic relief by getting so close to the divers and allow them to pet it (allowed, though no petting of the sharks even though they are close enough so you could). When the max number of sharks appeared (all females), the DM indicated that it was now OK for the divers to swim with/among them. And swim with them we did, with sharks on all sides, within a foot, gorgeous creatures to be so close to, very cool!!. After about 5 min of swimming we were directed back to our position up against the reef wall at which point the DM took the lid off the chum bucket starting a classic shark feeding frenzy that no matter how you twist and turn it, is nothing but astounding!. After some amazing scenes around the chum bucket, the sharks started to disappear. The divers were allowed a few minutes to scour for shark teeth with the DM/DM assistants being very helpful so that basically all of us go a shark tooth souvenir. With that, it was time to ascend. And due time it was, as our computer told us that we only had ~5min left before going in to DC mode (at that time 30 min at 75 feet). Exciting without problems with the help of several DM helpers on the boat after proper safety stop, and everyone was counting fingers and reveling about the dive meeting expectations on the way in. A professional videographer shot what turned out to be a great 18m video which was shown within minutes of getting off the boat and subsequently sold for $40. Even though my dive buddy shot a great Go-Video of the whole shebang, I decided to buy it as it was high quality and did catch in a professional way the very unique experience of literally diving with the huge sharks.

Visited October 2012
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Westmont, Illinois
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3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Great Experience if you don't buy their DVD”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

Just did the shark dive booked through CocoView 2 weeks ago. What a great experience! Nice and friendly staff. The bad: Their DVD we watched after our dive, pretty decent quality. I figured great little memento to take home and show people until I got home. I paid $40 for a DVD that cut out after 2 mins. I sent a couple emails to them with no response. It would have been a wonder experience if I had a DVD that worked. Skip the DVD or check it before and money is exchanged.

Visited July 2012
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Argyle, Texas
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
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“Waihuka Shark Dive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Booked through our CoCo View Resort, this was a fun shark dive with 11 of us diving along with a divemaster and a videographer. Respectful treatment of diver and shark made for a wonderful 30 minutes underwater following a full briefing in their office before the Cara a Cara site dive. There was never a fear of anything going wrong, and all of us were happy with the experience.
We paid $85 for the dive, plus xportation cost shared among the 11 divers. We brought our own Air and gear from CoCo View.

Visited July 2012
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delaware
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“Wonderful, thrilling experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

My husband and I booked our Shark Dive through West Bay Divers during our stay on Roatan- and we are so glad we did! This was the best dive! We got up close with the Caribbean reef sharks, which were not aggressive at all! Our dive master even allowed us to swim with the sharks away from the coral wall because the current was good that day! We were really lucky the day we went, as there was only two other divers that accompanied us- normally there are about 12-15 divers scheduled.

I've always admired sharks, but after this dive- my respect and passion for them are renewed! This dive really gives you a look into how we are more of a threat to them, than they are to us.

Visited June 2012
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Temecula
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“shark tank”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

excellent...amazing...very safe. You will get incredible pictures. Black tip reef sharks come within a foot of you. No cages. it's an incredible experience. If you are skeptical you can stay by the wall. Don't have to swim with the sharks. Don't miss this, worth the money!! A must see!

Visited June 2012
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