Having had the most amazing time at Tiger Beach, we wanted to do some more shark diving during our stay on Grand Bahama. Caribbean Reef Sharks are abundant here, and there is a spot where the dive centres take it in turns to do the majority of their shark diving: Shark Alley. Whether there is a shark feed going on, or whether you choose to do the site as a “normal” dive, there will be plenty of curious reef sharks around.
Our first dive in the area was with UNEXSO and we dived a dive site called The Chamber (due to a hyperbaric chamber being dropped onto the sea floor to act as an artificial reef). This is adjacent to the main shark feeding area of Shark Alley. As we dropped in, we could see a handful of sharks moving around the reef as we descended. The reef is patchy here, with small reef heads, or bommies, rising up from a sandy sea floor. Caribbean Reefs sharks patrol around and are not frightened of divers, so come in quite close as you swim along. A school of horse-eyed jacks also stayed around the reef, adding to what was a simply lovely dive.
The following day, the Reef Oasis team took us back to Shark Alley so that we could experience a shark feed dive. Here, we knelt on the seabed, lined up in front of a small wreck of a tug boat that has its inverted hull sticking up just above the sand. The sharks know the routine and were soon swimming all around us, waiting for their turn to be fed. All the action means that the sand does get stirred up making photography and videography slightly more difficult, but the sharks do come in much closer on this dive, and you might see over 20 individuals. As it was late afternoon, the sun was low and created a really atmospheric light, particularly at the end of the dive as the divers ascended on the line.
You can see video footage, shot on our Paralenz camera from the non-baited dive below.
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Images, video and text by Frogfish Photography.