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Dive with Bull Sharks

Fantasea Dive and Adventures is excited to offer one of the most adrenaline packed dives you can make anywhere in the world…Diving with Bull Sharks! Need something that will make your heart race like a rabbit for about 45 minutes, try this dive!

This is a one tank dive that is literally right out in front of our shop. We gear up in the boat as we slowly cruise over to the spot. After a full briefing as to the day’s current conditions and a reminder of the Do’s and Don’ts, the back roll into 60ft of water and head down to the site drifting with the gentle current. The bottom is flat, sandy, reefless, and gently sloping east towards the “el Cantil” (trench between Playa and Cozumel). We drift along a couple minutes then all of a sudden…We have Bulls everywhere!!! Well…..on most days. These bull sharks migrate into the area around the 1st of December and migrate away around the 1st of March. Some days we only see 5-6 and other day we see 15-20. We do not chum or feed them, except for private requests (which means full boat charter). There are about 3-4 big females and another 5-15 smaller males. This is an underwater photographer’s heaven. With 60-80 foot visibility, it’s very easy to get a nice, clear shot of them and they pass by as close as just 10ft away!

Bull Sharks are known to be one of the most dangerous and aggressive sharks in the water.  What we aim to do is provide an opportunity to visit these majestic creatures proving that they are not as dangerous as they sound.  We never take more than 4 divers with us and make sure of their placement in relation to the sharks. In the last 6 years of offering this dive, we have NEVER had a problem. Just follow instructions and you’ll be fine!

The bull sharks are a special species of shark that can actually swim in freshwater as well. The bulls of Playa are drawn here because of the freshwater cenotes that pump out into the sea along the coast. The exits for these cenotes are too small for a shark to pass though but the constant flow of freshwater leaving the cenote exits certainly draws them, as well as an abundant food supply of fish, into the area. Playa del Carmen is also known to have a rather large turtle population which is another food source for the bull sharks.

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Big Bull Sharks ... and lots of them!
Watch this amazing underwater footage from recent dives we did with Bull Sharks

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Underwater Photos
Some great photos of the Bulls of Playa

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Safe Diving with Bull Sharks
What you need to know before you dive

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diving with bull sharks in playa del carmen

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Bull Sharks of Playa Del Carmen
Like many other fish, the main threat to the bull shark is man. It's hunted all over the world and used for many different purposes.  The bull shark’s hide is tanned for leather and its liver is used for oil, it’s meat is sold fresh, frozen or smoked for food.  The biggest use for bull sharks is their fins which are used in Asia (and in Asian restaurants world-wide) in shark-fin soup.

In addition to the commercial use, they're also a popular fish for sport fisherman, due to their size and proximity to the shoreline. For many of these bulls, it's a mounted jaw and a photograph before their carcass is dumped back into the ocean.

The result of all this fishing is that the bull shark is close to being placed on the threatened list. But since it's not officially threatened, it's not legally protected anywhere in the world.

Recently over 25 bull sharks from the Playa Del Carmen population were been killed by fishermen from Puerto Morelos, and there have been reports of dead sharks found with their fins cut off.

Help us stop this senseless massacre of these amazing animals which are so important to our fragile ocean ecosystem and provide many local familes with jobs from the tourism they bring to the area. 

Scuba Diving with Bull Sharks in Playa Del Carmen - Protect the Bull Sharks