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7 Giant Creatures You Must Dive With In Your Lifetime

October 1, 2017
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The types of dives you can do as an certified diver are diverse and exciting in many different ways. Diving with nature’s giants however can bring forth an adrenalin not found on your average run-of-the-mill dive and brings a whole new set of adventure combined with unique challenges.

Diving with large fish and other underwater creatures is generally limited to either certain parts of the world or further out in the ocean. You certainly wont be swimming with a killer whale in sunny Brisbane for instance. For these dives you’ll often have to look abroad and make it a key aspect of your next holiday, if not the main purpose.

For those of us who would like to dive with large fish atleast once in their lifetime I’ve given you a start to your bucket list below. I’ve chosen seven that are high on our list to dive with over the next couple of years although there are many other large and unique creatures out there to swim with.

 

7 Giant Creatures You Must Dive With In Your Lifetime

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The view from above the water is peaceful and calm, but dip your head below and prepare to get your adrenalin pumping.

Here are seven giant creatures to dive with…

1. Whale Shark

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There are a few places in the world that give you the specific opportunity to snorkel or dive with these giant creatures. Many of these tours will not allow you to dive (offering only snorkelling tours) with them however there are some areas where you may have a good chance of encountering whale sharks when diving such as Ningaloo Reef in Australia, Utila in Honduras, Isla Holbox in Mexico (snorkelling), Tofo Beach in Mozambique, as well as a few spots in Thailand, the Philippines and the Maldives.

Despite being undeniably large, whale sharks are peaceful and feed off small ocean plankton (aka: they won’t eat you). The most important thing to remember however is not to touch these creatures as you can do a lot of unexpected harm to them.

 

2.Great White Shark

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How would you feel about dipping into the water with one of the most feared creatures in the ocean?

There are many locations around the world that allow you to lock your self into a cage plunged into the ocean while you’re circled by the proclaimed predators of the sea. If cage diving with great white sharks is high on your list you’ll want to visit Australia, Mexico or South Africa.

 

3.Hammer Head Sharks

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While hammer heads may not be the biggest thing you’ll spot in the deep one of their appeals is that they are often spotted in groups. Imagine looking up and seeing 10,20 or even more hammerheads swim by effortlessly above your head.

Popular spots for diving with hammerheads include the Galapagas Islands, the Cocos Island in Costa Rica and Palau in Micronesia.

 

4.Killer Whales

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For some diving or snorkelling with killer whales may incite more fear than diving with great white sharks, I mean they do have the word “killer” as part of their name. Luckily for us killer whales are not named after their human killing abilities.

There are very few places in the world where you can dive with killer whales but your best bet is in Norway. Some companies take divers, others just allow snorkelling or free diving.

5.Giant Manta Rays

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I don’t know about you but anything with the word Ray in the name is a no go for me. I could put it down to their spiky tail or to the fact that Steve Irwin was killed by one (I’m Australian, he’s like our national mascot) but if a ray comes in my direction I’m swimming the other way.

However some of you may be interested in swimming with these fascinating creatures. While rays are some of the more common underwater creatures you see on dives a giant one would be a massive treat (for you, not me).

You have a better chance of spotting giant manta rays in certain parts of the world so set your compasses and follow the wind to the Maldives, Galapagos or test your luck in seeing a giant at common manta ray dive spots around the world.

 

6.Crocodiles

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Why cage dive with crocodiles?

Well it just may make you appreciate your life a little more.

What do you think, could you jump into a see through cage and not pee yourself while a menacing looking reptile circles you like you’re his lunch order?

The best place to cage dive with a crocodile would have to be Australia however you can apparently dive sans cage in Mexico with smaller (American) crocs.

 

7.Sunfish

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Sunfish are peculiar looking things and are most popularly known as the heaviest bony fish in the ocean. These enchanting weirdos often weigh up to 1000 kilograms (and you thought you got fat after christmas) and feast on copious amounts of jelyfish to retain their figures.

Some places to dive with sunfish include Palau Sardinia in Italy, Bali in Indonesia, and Oban in the United Kingdom.

 

Honourable Mention: Whales

Want to dive with whales?

Whales are high up on our list but we’ve already done a photo post on them so check out our Diving with Whales  post where we share some amazing photos.

 

Which one of these is at the top of your list?

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Comments

  1. Romantiquely

    June 22, 2015 at 9:55 pm Reply

    I would love to swim with whales, and dolphins, not too sure if I’ll be brave enough to take a dip with sharks hehe. 😀 Never hear of the sunfish before, so beautiful wow! xxxxx

    http://www.romantiquely.com

    1. Lexi

      July 8, 2015 at 10:27 am Reply

      I know, the sunfish looks so cool right?

  2. Serena

    June 30, 2015 at 7:49 pm Reply

    Some of these creatures look too scary to dive with! I don’t think I’d want to go anywhere near a crocodile or shark!

    Serena / http://www.ramblingsofanotherunistudent.blogspot.com

    1. Lexi

      July 8, 2015 at 10:25 am Reply

      I could do either, just keep me away from the rays!

  3. Ben Church

    July 14, 2015 at 12:06 am Reply

    What an inspiring articles, one which are diving volunteers will love!

    1. Lexi

      July 18, 2015 at 2:52 pm Reply

      Thank you Ben 🙂

  4. Girl, Independent

    July 30, 2015 at 4:12 am Reply

    Love this article! I’m really lucky to have dived with a handful of these (included a Great White without a cage – by accident!), and snorkelled with whales. They really are life affirming experiences and everyone should do it! I’d probably add Dolphins to the list (wild ones of course!)

    Thanks for sharing. Makes me want to go diving again!

    1. Lexi

      August 8, 2015 at 1:23 pm Reply

      Ahh dolphins! I knew I had forgotten something. Oh wow I would have been terrified of diving with a great white shark, and I’m terribly jealous of your whale swim. We have that available in Queensland but there’s no guarantees, however I’m determined to try anyway this season.

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