Here’s where you can go to see your favourite sharks

Whale sharks, tiger sharks, threshers, hammerheads – we've got you covered

Enjoy cage-free diving with tiger sharks and bull sharks in Fiji

Some are humongous while others are little; some look terrifying with their great big teeth, whereas others are ever so gentle – yes, our beloved sharks come in all shapes and forms, but we love them all the same. If you haven’t seen your favourites in the flesh (or maybe you have but just can’t get enough of them), it’s about time you hit up these dive destinations.

Looking for: Whale sharks

Look for the largest fish on the planet in Tubbataha

Go to: Tubbataha, Philippines

This protected UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Philippines is a good place to see large pelagics, especially the slow-moving filter feeding whale shark. What’s great is that there’s a programme in place that helps researchers and scientists working with the Large Marine Vertebrates Project (LAMAVE) keep track of the number of these animals, and you can help by simply sending in your photos and stills for ID purposes.

Dive with: Discovery Fleet, Solitude Liveaboards

Also read: 7 whale shark facts (and where to swim with them in Asia Pacific)

Looking for: Bull sharks (and tiger sharks)

Tiger sharks can be found in Fiji

Go to: Pacific Harbour, Fiji

Get up close and personal with tigers and bulls in the waters of this South Pacific island. And no, there’s none of that funny cage diving business here. Get to Pacific Harbour in Viti Levu and descend into the depths of the Shark Reef Marine Reserve to swim with these majestic free-roaming animals.

Dive with: Aqua-Trek, Beqa Adventure Divers

Looking for: Hammerhead sharks

Schooling hammerheads cruising through the waters of the Banda Sea

Go to: The Ring of Fire

A trip to this remote area won’t be cheap, and the journey isn’t exactly easy, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find another destination in Asia Pacific that’s home to this many hammerheads. The Ring of Fire is a massive zone so what you need to do is book a spot on a liveaboard and let the crew take you to the right places.

Dive with: White Manta

Looking for: Sand tiger sharks

The sand tiger shark may look fearsome, but they’re actually pretty docile (Photo: William Tan)

Go to: Sydney, Australia

One of the best places to see the sand tiger shark (aka grey nurse shark) is the Magic Point dive site in Sydney. These guys move quite slowly and are a lot more active at night, so don’t expect them to be zipping around you and, as with every other shark, respect their space.

Dive with: Dive Centre Manly

Looking for: Wobbegong sharks

Aren’t wobbegong sharks the cutest?

Go to: Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Flattened body, “frills” around the mouth, and totally adorable – wobbegongs (aka carpet sharks) may be tough to spot because they blend so well into their environment, but they’re hard to miss in a place like Raja Ampat, where they’re virtually everywhere.

Dive with: Amira LiveaboardPapua Explorers, Koranu Fyak Bungalows (Homestay) & Wobbegong Dive Adventures

Looking for: Thresher sharks

Thresher sharks are easy to identify; just look out for the unusually long tail fin (Photo: William Tan)

Go to: Malapascua, Philippines

Malapascua has been synonymous with thresher sharks for the longest time. On this island in the Philippines, you have to wake up around 4am and head out on the water in hope of spotting the mighty threshers in the Visayan Sea.

Dive with: Evolution Diving, Thresher Shark Divers

Co-founder and editor of GoodVis, Sam has been obsessed with scuba diving since 2011. When she's not doing research on lesser-known dive destinations, ogling at new scuba gear, or taking pictures of fish underwater, she's either writing or stuffing her face with awesome food (or doing both simultaneously).