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  • Beer Traveller
    Novo Mesto, Slovenia455 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience with "baby sharks"
    We went tehre with a tour. It would be a bit tougher to find on your own, but manageable. You turn right at the beginning of Espargos, following the signs to salines. Then when you see a a sort of a quarry with trucks and diggers you turn right to the dirt path (there's no sign here). Then just follow it and you can't miss. Bring your water shoes, or you can hire for a few €. To be honest, I didn't expect much, but it was a really great experience having small sharks swimming by your legs. In the end, it was the best part of the island tour. So, if in doubts, go.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Lannie
    348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    Booked this tour in resort with you, picked up by a driver & Jordi our guide, about a 30 mins drive to shark bay with Jordi telling us interesting facts on the journey. We took our own water shoes but you could rent crocs, I was worried it might be really slippery after reading other reviews but it was ok, we quickly had sharks swimming around us and Jordi was pointing them out & talking about them, we were lucky to see bigger Finn's a short way out ...I was glad the larger sharks stayed in deeper water! As the babies were about a meter long. We were stood in ktbee deep water but the waves were coming up to our middles so a tip is to wear swim stuff. We were in the water for about half an hour before walking back, we didn't have any hassle from the sellers on the beech and we were back in the resort within 2 hours. Would recommend..
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
  • lindylou84
    Harlow, United Kingdom160 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    I’m not very steady on my feet so didn’t venture too far out. It’s like walking on lumps of coal so really uneven. However I did see lots of lemon sharks. They are totally oblivious to human legs and swam all around us. There are lots of men that try to sell beads and wooden carvings from wooden trays. I bought an overpriced wooden shark that looked nothing like the sharks I’d just seen 😂. I bartered but decided that he probably needed the escudos more than me. Cape Verde is a very poor country 😣but beautiful
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Stuart A
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom391 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Baby Shark do do do do do do
    In a remote Little Bay, I recommend you take Crocs or hard shoes with you as the water terrain is quite challenging with slippery rocks. Although you can hire cross here for €5. We also took hiking poles as I'm unsteady at the best of times. Lovely warm clear water, lots of Lemon shark babies swimming about, lured in with nibbles by the guides. A great experience and an amazing view of baby sharks up close.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 6, 2023
  • Gillian C
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Lovely clear waters, clean beach. Litter bins provided 6 € for rental of some crock style footwear which was good as I forgot mine! There were many small lemon sharks, would absolutely recommend. Something a bit different having swam with sharks before. Would do it again.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 22, 2023
  • EyalOpher
    Chepstow, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great and unique experience.
    Great experience! Rare opportunity to see (and even touch) young sharks very close up in complete safety and comfort. There is no need for a guided tour, any taxi will take you to shark bay and the local guides will walk with you to the right place and lure the sharks.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 11, 2024
  • Hisham A
    London, United Kingdom95 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ordinary experience
    We had bigger expectations as you would think you will find large packs. You will get there with a tour to a beach alike, a lot of buses with individuals selling a items (nothing interesting) and you can rent crocks and slippers to help you walk and navigate in the water ( I had my own ordinary flip flops ) they cost like €3 to rent and only cash. You walk around 30 to 50 meters to reach the required spot and water will reach your knees. Very rocky so if you have back , leg or knee pain please don’t go You will see one small shark every 2 to 3 minutes as individuals and that’s about it. Please go with tour and avoid going by yourself with taxi as it’s not safe and would be more expensive
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 17, 2024
  • Lucylu185
    Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wahoo...getting so close to sharks! Wow
    Fab experience. Must take beach shoes or can't go in unless you pay to use the shoes the guys rent out there. More guys here trying to sell you the usual tourist items. Someone will guide you in and kindly hold your hand if needed as it is very very unsteady due to the rocks. It is well worth it though to experience the sharks coming so close to you and bizarrely it isn't scary at all. We tipped the guy who took us in a couple of euro as he was kind and really enthusiastically getting the sharks to come close for us to get good pictures and see lots of them.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 24, 2024
  • Kelly Mahoney
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience, excellent tour guides.
    Excellent way to spend a few hours. We booked through TUI so had coach pick up and 2 guides who were marine biologists (I think!). They were so informative and very good English. When people say it’s rocky and slippery going into the sea they really mean it!! This is not a trip for people with mobility issues unfortunately. If you don’t have crocs or hard core sandals then you can hire for 3€ when you get there. Are your guides were lovely and told us all about the sharks, and helped us over the rocks if needed. We were in the water about 45 minutes and were lucky enough to see a larger shark further out to sea (nowhere near us thankfully!) Great trip indeed 😁😁😁
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 17, 2024
  • Chris_KO
    Koblenz, Germany3,403 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sharks at your feet
    Shark Bay is the destination of every island tour on Sal. Young lemon sharks are attracted by the conditions in this bay, and enterprising locals have recognized the tourism potential. You can wade about 50 m knee-deep into the water and then experience up close the young sharks, which are lured by a guide with chunks of fish. The sharks are completely harmless, adult animals do not make it into the bay. Because of the many stones in the water you have to wear swimming shoes. If you don't have any, you can rent them for a fee of two euros.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 18, 2024
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Rob R
Tredegar, UK2,614 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited with an open mind and to be honest I thought it was a bit of a tourist trap. It is well of the beaten track then you have to hire some very worn water shoes for €2 and get in the water which was freezing ( it was January shouldn’t complain) Then they entice the lemon sharks with some bait. Personally myself I was very underwhelmed but it’s ok as part of an island trip and at least some locals get to make a living from it.
Written January 19, 2020
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Heather H
Paris, France199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We visited shark bay ourselves, self guided. We had planned ahead and brought our own wet shoes. We were a little hassled by guides and sellers, but just said no thank you and went for a walk.
Seeing the sharks so close was awesome for adults and kids. We'd have happily paid for a guide, but not per person, but there were so many other groups out there we just listened to them!
Written August 27, 2022
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Agnes K
Bristol, UK73 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
It was great experience with baby sharks in the water but people on the beach constantly wants you to buy their overpriced stuff. Also you need to hire a water shoes for 3 euros for 15 mins. No toilet around.
Written September 19, 2022
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Chris_KO
Koblenz, Germany3,403 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Shark Bay is the destination of every island tour on Sal. Young lemon sharks are attracted by the conditions in this bay, and enterprising locals have recognized the tourism potential. You can wade about 50 m knee-deep into the water and then experience up close the young sharks, which are lured by a guide with chunks of fish. The sharks are completely harmless, adult animals do not make it into the bay. Because of the many stones in the water you have to wear swimming shoes. If you don't have any, you can rent them for a fee of two euros.
Written March 18, 2024
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Heli K
Lappeenranta, Finland1,686 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
There is many possibilities to experience these sharks. You can go by yourself or take a shark excursion from Santa Maria or you can do like we did - take a private island excursion (whole day 180 euros for six persons) and have a Shark Bay as one of the pit stops.
What you need is water shoes e.g. crocks (because of rocky surface) and then you enter to the sea. If you do not have your own shoes, you can hire them for 2–3 euros / pair.
You enter to the sea and walk approximately 20 meters from the shore - if you have swimming suit put it on or at least have shorts to change (you'll get wet at least if you are a short person).
The beach is natural nursery rife of lemon sharks so you'll be able to watch wild baby lemon sharks while they swim around your legs in their natural environment.
Nice / different experience.
And if you do this by yourself, do not touch the sharks - at least our guide told us not to touch. And if you go by yourself please notice that the sharks came because our guide fed them. So I am not sure if they come if you go empty handed.
Written December 31, 2022
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Andreas B
Hassleholm, Sweden36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
After some 30 min driving on beach roads that is not super good we ended up on the shores of the shark bay. Rented some crocs (you need shoes like that) for 2 eur (bring small bills) at this remote place with basically nothing besides 3-4 small wooden huts we walked out to knee deep waters and 10-15 small lemon sharks circled our legs. Great experience especially for the kids in the 9-13 ages. After some 30 min we went back and drove home with the guide.
You could also grab a taxi and go there and go back to the hotel.
Fun experience
Written January 10, 2023
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Fredbear_Hull
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK1,014 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
visited in our own 4x4 which we hired and was a surreal experience to be fair. as we were driving down the dirt track a local lad stopped us, about 18ish, and asked if we were seeing the sharks. said yes and he said he's show us, so he jumped in.

we drove down to the shark beach, rented some shoes for the misses, now 3 euros by the way, and we wade out to see the sharks. was pretty cool.

we then wade back and the kid asked if we'll drop him back were we picked him up. at no point did he ask for money or anything but he's done a good job so we gave him 5 euro. seemed to make his day!
Written January 31, 2022
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Kelly Mahoney
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Excellent way to spend a few hours.
We booked through TUI so had coach pick up and 2 guides who were marine biologists (I think!). They were so informative and very good English.
When people say it’s rocky and slippery going into the sea they really mean it!! This is not a trip for people with mobility issues unfortunately.
If you don’t have crocs or hard core sandals then you can hire for 3€ when you get there.
Are your guides were lovely and told us all about the sharks, and helped us over the rocks if needed.
We were in the water about 45 minutes and were lucky enough to see a larger shark further out to sea (nowhere near us thankfully!)
Great trip indeed 😁😁😁
Written March 17, 2024
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lindylou84
Harlow, UK160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I’m not very steady on my feet so didn’t venture too far out. It’s like walking on lumps of coal so really uneven. However I did see lots of lemon sharks. They are totally oblivious to human legs and swam all around us. There are lots of men that try to sell beads and wooden carvings from wooden trays. I bought an overpriced wooden shark that looked nothing like the sharks I’d just seen 😂. I bartered but decided that he probably needed the escudos more than me. Cape Verde is a very poor country 😣but beautiful
Written October 25, 2023
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Hisham A
London, UK95 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had bigger expectations as you would think you will find large packs.

You will get there with a tour to a beach alike, a lot of buses with individuals selling a items (nothing interesting) and you can rent crocks and slippers to help you walk and navigate in the water ( I had my own ordinary flip flops ) they cost like €3 to rent and only cash.

You walk around 30 to 50 meters to reach the required spot and water will reach your knees.

Very rocky so if you have back , leg or knee pain please don’t go

You will see one small shark every 2 to 3 minutes as individuals and that’s about it.

Please go with tour and avoid going by yourself with taxi as it’s not safe and would be more expensive
Written January 17, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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