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Diving With Sharks:
A Coral Sea Adventure

Want to be sure to encounter sharks on your dive visit to Australia? No worries, a number of different operators offer dive trips with excellent opportunities to encounter sharks.

All kinds of sharks:
The Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea Reefs have a number of species of sharks that are encountered by divers, ranging from the Whale Shark, the largest shark in the world, down to sharks that are so small and so oddly shaped it is hard to think of them as sharks at all.

The most commonly encountered sharks are the Black-tip and White-tip Reef Sharks. These range in size from one to almost 2 meters. While they can feed aggressively on fish, they are not thought be a hazard to divers that follow the instructions of the divemasters. Divers, especially on the Coral Sea Reefs, also frequently spot larger species such as Grey Reef,Oceanic Silvertip,and Hammerhead sharks.

The Coral Sea Reefs: Ideal locations for encountering sharks.
Located out in the open ocean outside the Great Barrier Reef, these isolated reefs are the destinations of shark encounter dive trips. The open ocean isolation also draws in large pelagic fish such as dogtooth tuna, mackerel and barracuda. These clouds of fish draw in the sharks. Osprey, Holmes, and Flinders Reefs are the most commonly visited by shark encounter trips.

Some operators (Taka Dive, Mike Ball Dive and Coral Sea Diving Company) offer a shark feed dive, where sharks are drawn in to a feeding station. Mike Ball uses a protective enclosure for divers, while the others follow a protocol that allows divers to be in the open. Be sure to follow the instructions of the divemaster on these and all dives, you are a long ways from medical help out here.

The fourth shark dive operator, Undersea Explorer, offers a very unique opportunity. They conduct an active research study, and offer divers the opportunity to assist them with the capturing, data collection, and tagging of sharks at their study sites.

Amazing visibility, and a variety of dive opportunities.
These reefs also offer a combination of diving, from dramatic wall dives to intricate coral formations, huge soft corals and reef flats. The diving and snorkeling are great, although the trips tend to draw largely divers.

Four to Seven day trips.
Trips to the Coral Sea Reefs range from 4-6 days in length. While the diving is adventurous, some of the boats are extremely comfortable, even luxurious, in terms of the food and comfort they offer aboard. Most trips going to Osprey Reef usually do a day or two of diving on the Ribbon Reefs and Cod Hole, which also offer outstanding diving. There are a number of different trips to choose from, one may suit you perfectly!

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