Sandtiger sharks are an aquarium favorite thanks to their ferocious appearance; with rows of crooked teeth and eyes of glinting gold, they certainly fulfill our expectations of the ocean’s most famous apex predator. Also known variously as ragged-tooth or grey nurse sharks, these animals are even more impressive in their natural environment, and those that have gone scuba diving in South Africa, Australia or the eastern coast of the United States may have been lucky enough to encounter them in the wild. Despite their fearsome façade, sandtigers are rarely aggressive towards humans, and can be seen in aggregations numbering tens…

Shark finning. The practice is all based on looking prestigious, but it’s been killing thousands upon thousands of sharks, resulting in some species of shark diminishing in numbers by over 60 percent, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Lately though, things might be changing. Looking back at the tradition, the act of eating shark fin dates all the way to the Ming Dynasty. Historically speaking, it was considered to be an act done only by royalty. Chinese emperors are reported as desiring the fin due to the extensive preparation and cooking methods needed to make it delectable. Most often the…

Potentially lethal to humans, the Galapagos shark (Carcharhinus galapagensis) is a shark that demands respect. Considered to be near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Galapagos shark is a species that is powerful, but fragile. This incredible example of aquatic dominance is something special for divers that love the beauty of the shark. Luckily this impressive animal is seen globally, though the Galapagos Islands are one of the favorite places for divers to witness their omni-presence. Other incredible places to witness these kings of the sea include Bermuda, the Virgin Islands, and Cape Verde. Additionally they are…

Have you heard of “The Mecca of Pacific Diving”? A daunting title with a heavy load, this name applies to Beqa Lagoon (pronounced Benga). An area off the main island of Fiji, just south of Viti Levu, the Beqa Lagoon is a place that deserves such a description. Enhanced by its status of having one of the world’s largest barrier reefs, it is a masterpiece in underwater beauty. A scuba diving adventure that all should witness. Easy to get to for the foreign traveler, Beqa Lagoon is not far from the Fiji international airport. In fact, it is not unheard…

Is there anything as terrifying as a shark coming at you? For many the answer is no. If you enjoy the thought of a powerful, graceful creature coming into your presence, then Palau, a Pacific Island nation situated as the most westerly island chain of Micronesia, is a place you want to put on your places to visit. Even if the answer was yes, you should still put Palau on your list of diving vacation musts.