Tiger Beach Bahamas was discovered in the early 2000s as a reliable location to find large female tiger sharks. The area was discovered much earlier than that, however no one attempted to chum the sharks in with the intention of diving with them until the early 2000s. It has since grown into the best place for scuba diving with tiger sharks in the western hemisphere. Divers from all over the globe have visited this shark sanctuary over the past 10 – 15 years. Many return year after year since the dive site continues to get better with time.
Tiger Beach Bahamas is a special dive site where we can reliably find high numbers of tiger sharks. By far, most of the tiger sharks found here are female. Many of them are pregnant adding to the theory that this location is important in tiger shark reproduction. It is very rare to find their male counterparts, but they are certainly in the area. We will often see females return to the site with mating scars that were not there the day before. Juvenile tiger sharks are also rare to see at Tiger Beach so it’s not likely that the females are pupping here. The smallest sharks we see are around 4 feet long, with the largest being over 15 feet!
Tiger Beach Bahamas Map
If you are looking to make a trip to Tiger Beach Bahamas, you’ll have to travel to Grand Bahama Island. It is in the Northern Bahamas. The dive site is a ways offshore, away from any populated areas or other tourists. It is not a beach at all, but a shallow area of the Little Bahama Bank. It’s classic white sandy bottom is a great place to dive with tiger sharks, but there are other locations as well. You see, Tiger Beach is not a single dive site. It is actually a large area on the bank so there are a wide variety of dive sites. During a multi-day dive trip, we visit the classic sandy tiger beach, as well as several reefs and grass beds.
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