Located an hour away from Grand Bahama Island, Tiger Beach is one of only two locations in the world where you can dive cage-free with tiger sharks. With a maximum depth of 20 feet, the waters here allow you to come within a fin’s length of these majestic sharks, as well as reef sharks, nurse sharks and giant hammerheads.
Growing up to 16 feet and weighing 1,300 pounds, the tiger shark is the fourth largest in the shark family. Like the great white, it has been involved in fatal human attacks, but is known to prefer man-made objects like paint cans, rubber tires and license plates to people. The tiger sharks at Tiger Beach are so used to humans that they pose little threat, and will often even playfully pose for the camera.
During your dive, look out for two famous sharks: Hook, who has a bent lower jaw, and Princess, known for her graceful demeanor.
If swimming with tiger sharks isn’t your thing, head over to the Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island and try out the Serpent Slide, a five-story water slide that ends with floating through a clear tunnel in a shark-filled lagoon.