Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Best shark dive
I know what many of you regular readers are thinking, and yes, this article is indeed but a foot soldier in my bid to eventually turn www.thrillist.com into a whale shark fan blog. Let me live.
There are a number of dive sites you could consider the best places to swim with sharks of all shapes and sizes, but we’re going to focus on whale sharks -- they’re the best shape and size anyway.
Go to Isla Mujeres if you want to splash and snorkel around these bus-sized critters, but go to Darwin’s Arch, in the Galapagos, when you want to dive. It’s the only dive site at Darwin Island, and June through December is whale shark season.
“The reality with [photographing] sharks, which I think most folks don’t understand, is that you need to get within a foot or two to really make a great picture,” Skerry says. This usually involves the ethically murky practice of cage diving, but you don’t have to worry about that with whale sharks. They are famously gentle giants, known for passing right up close, and will definitely not eat you.
“Absolutely magnificent,” Skerry recalls of his first time diving with a whale shark back in the ’90s. “It was like being with a dinosaur.”