Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 - Travel Associates
DARE-DEVILS looking for their next big thrill have created a new generation of brave traveller with activities like shark diving a popular excursion on overseas holidays.

The increasing interest in dive holidays has prompted luxury and niche holiday specialists Travel Associates to compile a list of the world's top shark dives.

"For thrill-seekers looking for the ultimate adventure, diving cage-less with sharks, will more than likely give them the adrenalin rush they're after," Travel Associates' David Lovelock said. "Quite often Travel Associates will get requests for adventure or extreme travel and shark diving is one of the activities that people enquire about if they're heading to the USA, South Africa or even areas in Australia such as Neptune Islands off South Australia.

"In the past few years adventure travel has become increasingly popular with experienced travellers looking for something different or challenging. Shark dives offer an amazing perspective of these fascinating creatures and are available for first time or experienced divers. Depending on the operation and dive location, people can dive with or without a cage, from a floating snorkelers’ cage or view sharks from the safety of a boat.

Mr Lovelock said there were certain regions around the world that were known for having an abundance of shark species because of a combination of the right conditions.

According to Travel Associates the world's most popular regions for shark dives include the Bahamas, Southern California and Rhode Island in the USA, Gansbaai in South Africa and Isla Holbox in Mexico.

Bahamas
Nassau attracts thousands of tourists every year who come to enjoy the corals and beautiful fish - but the desire to see something big has been increasingly on the rise. To satisfy shark seekers, many dive operations now guide curious travellers to locations where, after dropping chum to attract a crowd of white or black tip reef sharks, divers jump in and observe the feeding frenzy above them.

Southern California, USA
California shark dives are offered by operators from the Los Angeles area, Catalina Island and San Diego. The dives vary but all involve long boat rides out to deep water. From the safety of a steel cage and armed with only a camera, divers can see great white sharks, makos, hammerheads and tiger sharks.

Rhode Island USA
Pull on a wet suit and jump overboard into the frigid waters off Rhode Island - about three hours offshore along the edge of New England's continental shelf. It is here that the migratory blue sharks prefer to linger. This is their preferred pit stop before shifting southward to Cape Hatteras and as far away as Africa.

Gansbaai, South Africa
From Gansbaai, the 'World Capital of the Great White Shark', you can get on a dive boat to the infamous Shark Alley. Rumour has it that there are more great whites in this part of the ocean than anywhere else in the world. And at nearby Seal Island, you might even get to witness the astonishing sight of great white sharks leaping out of the water as they hunt seals. A variety of diving operations offer the chance to see the sharks underwater in a cage or to enjoy them from the relative safety of the boat. And many operators don't require you to be a certified diver either, so snorkelers are welcome.

Isla Holbox, Mexico
This is one of the best places in the world to see the biggest fish in the ocean and the gentlest shark of them all, the whale shark. Called 'Dominos' by the locals - due to the distinctive white spots on their backs, these huge fish can grow up to 30 feet long. But they only eat plankton, so swimmers need not be concerned.

Cape Town Shark Dive
TAKE a dive in an underwater cage and eyeball man-eating giants of the ocean with a shark dive off the coast of South Africa.

Travel Associates is offering a two night Cape Town accommodation and shark dive package run by a commercially licensed diving crew.

The dive takes place from a launch boat moored in an established marine park near Dyer Island which is a known site of great white sharks.

Travellers do not need to have diving experience and if preferred can remain in the boat.

Prices start from $485* per person and include two nights dormitory style accommodation at the Boutique Hostel, all tour highlights, breakfast daily, one lunch, shark dive excursion, services of a commercially licensed shark dive crew. (Per person twin share accommodation is $525 for two nights)

Valid for travel from 1 January until 31 December 2010, excluding travel between 1 June until 15 July 2010.

Airfares to and from South Africa are not included.

For further information contact Travel Associates on 1800 044 066 or logo onto http://www.travel-associates.com.au.

*Conditions apply and are subject to change.

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