Shark Ray Alley
Shark Ray Alley
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  • roermobl
    Hampshire, United Kingdom97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible experience
    An incredible experience! You're in the water with the sharks, rays and fish swimming around you within touching distance (although obviously you shouldn't pet them). It was a real highlight of our holiday, so much so that we went a second time! I'd recommend going with a small group or on a private tour, and there were fewer boats there at the weekend. Apparently fishermen used to clean their catch here, then when it became a reserve the tour guides carried on feeding the sharks/rays a few little scraps to encourage them to come over to the boats. I doubt the animals are dependent on these snacks and I did see some of them exhibiting natural scavenging behaviours.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 16, 2024
  • Sal D
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snorkeling and scuba
    Lots of sting rays, nursing sharks. It was amazing to see everything. Warm water, good visibility. It was very windy this day so definitely a lot of work swimming but still recommend
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 30, 2024
  • Kim K
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sharks, close enough to touch. But don’t touch!
    If you want to get up and close to sharks this is the place to be. The staff was very knowledgeable and how the starts work and wet things to do and what not to do so they educate us on their feeding and what they required to stay safe. I felt very safe with them very close to me. initially you want to think it’s too dangerous, but then you start seeing how much they’re interested in the food they were feeding them chum that they were not interested in humans at all. It was an awesome experience.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 6, 2024
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roermobl
Hampshire, UK97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
An incredible experience! You're in the water with the sharks, rays and fish swimming around you within touching distance (although obviously you shouldn't pet them). It was a real highlight of our holiday, so much so that we went a second time!
I'd recommend going with a small group or on a private tour, and there were fewer boats there at the weekend.
Apparently fishermen used to clean their catch here, then when it became a reserve the tour guides carried on feeding the sharks/rays a few little scraps to encourage them to come over to the boats. I doubt the animals are dependent on these snacks and I did see some of them exhibiting natural scavenging behaviours.
Written March 16, 2024
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Pernille K
Sindal, Denmark125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
It is absolutely worth it. Whau a lot of wildlife at one feeding spot. We were surrounded by rays, sharks with the size of a welgrown man, lots of fish and to our surprise a sea turtle swam by👏
Jump in and enjoy😊
Written January 4, 2020
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Jay S
34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
I would recommend this experience to anyone who hasn't done it but you probably don't need to repeat it. That said, if you have kids this really is a great experience with nature up-close. Besides, they can tell their friends they swam with sharks!
Written January 21, 2023
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Allison P
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This tour is detrimental to wildlife. There are tons of tour boats all chumming the waters so that sharks come. I couldn't believe this was legal in a "protected" marine reserve. By chumming the waters humans are changing the sharks natural behavior and making them reliant on humans for food. Per my tour guide there is no limits on boats or amount of food you can feed them.

You jump in the water and snorkel around for 5-20 minutes depending on how many people in your boat . Snorkeling in the Hol Chan reserve was much much better. Many companies rope the two tours together but Shark Ray Alley really isn't worth it and we wish we didn't do it.
Written November 14, 2021
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Traci S
Badger, IA46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We visited with our our family of 9, including 2 small children and a special needs teen. By the time I got in the water most of the sharks had dispersed. Was a thrill to see them, tho sadly it was by feeding them and I realized too late that we had contributed to a negative tourist trap. Once the group had dispersed we were able to snorkel in a relaxed manner with the few sharks that remained at the bottom. We only saw one ray sadly. Wouldn't go again, but our Grandkids will remember it always.
Written February 11, 2022
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Lance6270
Wylie, TX147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
So we were told the history of the Hol Chan and shark ray alley on our way out there for our tour with Scuba School and Family dive center. They also told us to expect the sharks to come to the boat as soon as we get near there due to the sound of the engines and sure enough as you can tell in the pictures they come to the boat. Had a great time and highly recommend this just for the experience.
Written November 12, 2021
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LeeAnn M
South Lake Tahoe, CA155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Amazing experience to swim with these gentle sharks. The swimming with the sharks itself is very short lived. The sharks have come to know the sound of the boats engines. When the boats arrive they know that they will be fed. Once the engine is turned off the sharks will head on to the next boat. However, the reef where the sharks and rays are hold a wonderful habit filled with other beautiful sea creatures. Make sure you have a great guide that will take you around and show you other points of interest at the alley.
Written May 19, 2022
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alyosha666
Chicago, IL556 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A lot of fun. I was worried that since we were going in the afternoon, we might not see many sharks or rays. Turns out this was a perfect time to go as there were only 2 other small boats who arrived at the site right when we were leaving. We had the sharks pretty much to ourselves for about 20 minutes. There were about 20 or so sharks and one solo ray. Rays must have had the afternoon off.
Written July 9, 2022
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Sal D
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Lots of sting rays, nursing sharks. It was amazing to see everything. Warm water, good visibility. It was very windy this day so definitely a lot of work swimming but still recommend
Written March 30, 2024
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Alexa H
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Such a cool experience! I’ve never swam with sharks before, well on purpose! Only seen a few here and there while diving. Never actually decided to take the plunge into the water with multiple sharks! But I’m glad I did, as it was amazing. Don’t be scared! It was such an awesome experience! The pictures don’t do it justice, there were at least 20 sharks around us.
Written October 16, 2020
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