Diving with Sharks off Cat Island in The Bahamas (Watch Video)
With just a single day of diving at Cat Island on our island tour itinerary in The Bahamas we had everything crossed that we would get a chance to dive with the Oceanic Whitetip Sharks that frequent this area in April and May.
We were staying and diving with Greenwood Beach Resort, who had the team from Shark Explorers on hand to take us out to look for the Oceanic Whitetip Sharks. But nothing is guaranteed when it comes to big animal photography: would the sharks show up? would the weather stay calm? After two hours of bobbing on the water, the smell of chum filling the air and not a single sighting of a fin piercing the surface we were beginning to wonder if our luck had run out. And then…
Our Oceanic Whitetip Sharks made an appearance; first just two sharks, but this was enough to have us racing to put on our gear, grab our cameras and jump into the clear, warm, blue water. Before long we had 7 Oceanic Whitetips swimming around us, along with several of their more common cousins. Oceanic Whitetip Sharks can be very curious and will come up to divers and cameras without being fed. We spent a couple of hours, hovering between 2 and 10 meters, watching them swim before it was time to head back to the boat and end what turned out to be an amazing day in the water.
- Video shot with a Paralenz Dive Camera +
- Images shot with Olympus OMD Em1 MKII in Nauticam housing
To find out more visit the Greenwood Beach Resort website by clicking here.
Jeff chats to… Christopher Bartlett, MD of Indigo Safaris, about scuba diving in Dominica and Mexico (3 of 5)
In the third in this exclusive series of five videos, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Christopher Bartlett, Managing Director of Indigo Safaris, about their diving and wildlife adventures, and some of their top destinations. In this episode Christopher talks about Dominica and Mexico.
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Diving with… Ben Williams and Kay Van Leuven, Sunchaser Scuba, British Virgin Islands
In this ongoing series, we speak to the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…
What is your name?
Ben Williams and Kay Van Leuven
What is the name of your business?
What is your role within the business?
How long has the business operated for?
32 years in total and we have been here since 2010, working for the previous owner, then bought the current company from him starting in 2015.
How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?
Ben since 2003 and he is a PADI MSDT and SDI instructor
Kay since 2010 and she is a PADI MSDT and SDI instructor
What is your favorite type of diving?
Ben loves pinnacle dives; Kay loves shallow coral dives
If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you, what would it be?
We offer valet diving for a trip of your lifetime. Personal service is key in our business, together with small groups.
What is your favourite dive in your location and why?
Ben favorite dive is the Invisibles because of the amount of marine life; Kay favorite dive is the wreck of the Rhone, because of it’s historical value, marine life and the amount of coral growth on it.
What types of diving are available in your location?
We offer reef and wreck diving, rendez vous diving with your charter boat so we can pick you up straight off your boat.
What do you find most rewarding about your current role?
Being able to dive every day and show the underwater world of the BVI
What is your favorite underwater creature?
Ben’s favorite is sharks and for Kay it is dolphins.
As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?
Ever rising supplier prices.
Is your center involved in any environmental work?
Yes, we do treatment for STCLD, shark sightings and beach clean ups
Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?
The hotel we work out of is still recovering from the 2017 hurricane so more places to stay will be coming along in the future. We have an amazing local non profit called Beyond The Reef in the BVI who are always making new artificial reefs.
How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?
We feel it is a great industry and it is very rewarding being able to teach people to dive and therefore increase awareness. One of the biggest changes that would be great to change is to be able to make things cheaper so it is more accessible to our local kids/divers and therefore increase the number of divers in our local community.
Finally, what would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?
The BVI is very underrated and untouched, making it a great destination for both novice and
Where can our visitors find out more about your business?