SHARK DIVE EXPERIENCE
OCEAN PARK AQUARIUM
About the Experience
DIVE WITH SHARKS IN THE OCEAN PARK AQUARIUM SHARK LAGOON
The Shark Dive Experience is suitable for first time or certified divers. Get a front row seat and see sharks underwater – no cages – just up close and personal with the sharks. Experience the thrill of diving with the ocean’s apex predator in WA’s largest aquarium shark lagoon.
The species of shark you may encounter include tiger sharks, lemon sharks and sandbar sharks as well as many other species of fish including cobia, giant trevally, golden trevally, estuary cod, yellowtail kingfish and more. Shark sightings are guaranteed, with loads of animals on every dive.
Your safety is our number one priority and all in water activities are managed and supervised by a qualified PADI Professional.
The Shark Dive Experience is a must-do for travellers and visitors to Shark Bay and the perfect gift for thrill-seekers. It also makes a fantastic gift for Birthdays, Christmas, Anniversaries, Bucks Days, Father’s Day, farewells or any other occasion!
This experience is for everyone, whether you are a certified diver or have never breathed underwater before – we have an option for you.
Your Shark Dive Experience lasts around 2 hours and begins when you are introduced to and learn about the sharks from the safety of our specially designed viewing platform. All our dive staff are qualified PADI Professionals and will ensure you are comfortable with the SCUBA equipment and breathing underwater before it’s time to meet the sharks! Your Instructor will guide you through the whole experience and be by your side every step of the way.
We do our best to capture some fabulous underwater photos/video while you are face to face with the sharks. Following the dive, warm up with a hot shower and debrief. You’ll have the opportunity to see the photos of your dive in the Oceans restaurant and log your dive with the PADI professional.
- All dive equipment and training
- SCUBA diving and shark awareness briefings
- 30 minute dive in WA’s largest shark lagoon
- Optional underwater photography
- All activities conducted by a PADI Instructor or Divemaster
- 10% off all food at Oceans Restaurant and the Ocean Park Aquarium tour
What to bring
- Bathing suit
- Any of your own snorkelling equipment (if you have it)
- Dive certification card and log book (for certified divers only)
Prior to booking please review our terms and conditions.
Theres TWO ways to experience the Sharks of Ocean Park
DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING TOUR
(NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY)
Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving WITH SHARKS, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. You’ll learn a few important skills, get to breathe underwater and when you’re ready experience the thrill of diving with sharks on your very first dive! The shark lagoon is a perfect confined water setting to experience SCUBA diving for the first time. Shallow, clear, calm water with plenty of wildlife to see!
NB – Prior to booking your dive you must review the PADI Medical Questionnaire. Please note if you answer ‘YES’ to any of the medical questions you will be required to obtain medical clearance from your doctor prior to booking in for the dive (see terms and conditions).
CERTIFIED DIVER TOUR
Our Shark Dive Experience for Certified Divers is suitable for qualified divers (minimum of PADI Open Water or equivalent) who have dived in the last 2 years. All our dive staff are qualified PADI Professionals and before you enter the Shark Lagoon, you will briefly demonstrate your skills competency to our instructors, it’s then time to meet the sharks!
All divers MUST be over 14 years old.
No cameras – This is for your own safety. Your PADI Professional guide will try to take pictures and video of your dive.
There is a maximum of 4 divers per session.
All divers MUST be able to speak English. We regret for health and safety reasons we are unable to allow non-English speakers to dive with our sharks.
Scuba Diving is physically demanding and can be dangerous if you suffer from certain medical conditions. Here is a list of medical conditions that may prohibit you from taking part in the Shark Dive for your own safety.
- Heart Disease
- Chest Conditions incl. Pneumothorax
- Sinus Conditions
- Ear problems/surgery
- High blood pressure
- Pregnancy (Pregnant woman are not permitted to dive)
If you suffer from or have suffered from any of the above medical conditions OR If you suffer from any other medical conditions, including recent injuries, surgeries or psychological conditions then you will be required to obtain medical clearance from your doctor prior to booking in for the dive.
The Sharks of Ocean Park
Please Note: Tiger sharks are not always present in the aquarium. Due to their migratory nature we are unable to keep them year round. Please enquire when booking if seeing them is a priority.
A stocky and powerful shark and can grow to over 3m in length. They are often found in shallow subtropical waters and are known to inhabit and return to specific nursery sites for breeding. Often feeding at night, these sharks use electroreceptors to find their main source of prey, fish. Lemon sharks use the many benefits of group living such as enhanced communication, courtship, predatory behaviour and protection. Lemon sharks get their name because of the yellowy tinge to their dorsal fins and underbelly giving them the perfect camouflage when swimming over the shallow sandy bottom of Shark Bay. Lemon sharks are the most studied shark of all time as they survive well in captivity. The Lemon shark in a non-aggressive species and there has never been a recorded fatality due to a lemon shark attack.
Tiger sharks are common in Shark Bay as well as all tropical and sub-tropical waters throughout the world. Large specimens can grow to as much as 6 to 7.5 metres in length and weigh more than 900 kilograms. They are scavengers, with excellent senses of sight and smell and a nearly limitless menu of diet items. They have sharp, highly serrated teeth and powerful jaws that allow them to crack the shells of sea turtles. The stomach contents of captured tiger sharks have included stingrays, sea snakes, seals, birds, squids, and even license plates and old tyres. They are heavily harvested for their fins, skin, and flesh, and their livers contain high levels of vitamin A, which is processed into vitamin oil. They have extremely low repopulation rates, and therefore may be highly susceptible to fishing pressure. They are listed as near threatened throughout their range.
Sandbar Whaler Shark
One of the biggest coastal sharks in the world, and is closely related to the Dusky Shark and the Bull Shark. Its dorsal fin is triangular and very high. Sandbar sharks usually have heavy-set bodies and rounded snouts that are shorter than the average shark’s snout. Their upper teeth have broadly uneven cusps with sharp edges. Its second dorsal fin and anal fin are close to the same height. Females can grow to 2/2.5 m, males up to 1.8 m. Its body colour can vary from a bluish to a brownish grey to a bronze, with a white or pale underside. Sandbar sharks swim alone or gather in sex-segregated schools that vary in size.