Playa del Carmen is one of the best places worldwide to dive with bull sharks. If you are an experienced diver and are looking for an unforgettable experience, get close to a bull shark!
Despite of what Jaws made us believe, only very few of the over 400 shark species grow as large as to cause serious injuries to a human. The bull shark, muscular and fast, is one of them, considered as one of the most aggressive and dangerous sharks in the ocean. But it’s mainly circumstances that lead to dangerous situations, since bull sharks like to spend time at the shallow waters close to the beach. But don’t worry – unless you are spear fishing (the vibrations of the fish flipping around and the taste of blood gets the sharks excited), attacks are highly uncommon. Actually, more deaths are caused in household accidents than by sharks, and according to statistics we’re more likely to get struck by lightning.
Bull sharks grow up to 3,5 m (11 feet) and can live in fresh and in salt water. They have been known to swim quite a distance upstream. There is one place, however, where bull sharks have been spotted regularly for decades: the shallow waters of the Riviera Maya. It is the breeding ground of female bull sharks. Usually they can be seen here from November to March, before they move up north.
Only a few things in life will give more amazement and adrenaline than facing a shark. It’s a breathtaking experience you’ll never forget! To dive with bull sharks you need to be a certified and advanced diver, with more than 30 logged dives. Most dive tours take you to a depth of about 25 meters (80 feet). Usually it’s a static dive, where you have to stay in your assigned place. You can also choose to dive in the shallow waters of the reef, with depths of up to 18 meters (60 feet). Whatever you choose, be prepared for this adventure of a lifetime, since bull sharks are not shy and may pass very close to you.
There are many dive shops in Playa del Carmen to organize your dive experiences with bull sharks. We recommend the Phantom Divers, just around the corner from Playa Palms Beach Hotel. They are pioneers in this region, diving with sharks since over 20 years. In cooperation with the NGO Saving Our Sharks they are working on creating a shark sanctuary, implying full protection of sharks in this area.