For those seeking an extreme adrenaline rush, swimming with sharks presents the ultimate psychological challenge. From cage-diving with some of the ocean’s deadliest predators to swimming freely among enormous yet docile whale sharks, the world is full of places for some unforgettable marine excitement. Check out these 10 places to swim with sharks, if you dare.
1. Cocos Island, Costa Rica
Situated some 340 miles off the coast of Costa Rica’s mainland, Cocos Island Marine Park is a beautiful unspoiled tropical paradise. The small island features 20 main diving sites, many of them teeming with sharks. The most common sharks in the region are hammerheads, although tiger sharks, blacktips and the great white shark can be found there. It’s a known “cleaning station” and social hangout for large schools of sharks, so chances of an encounter are good. Many dive operators focus on shark dives for those who want this bucket-list experience.