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Hammerhead sharks are one of the most evocative animals in our seas. Their extraordinary shape and movement beguile any diver fortunate enough to share the same patch of ocean. Our range of hammerhead trips take you to the world’s finest locations to experience diving with hammerheads.

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Why our hammerhead shark dving holidays are so successful

We only work with the most experienced and professional operators
Our hammerhead shark locations are carefully selected to offer the finest encounters
Our local experts share a passion to protect and conserve hammerhead sharks & their habitats
Our trips can be tailor-made to suit your precise requirements

What hammerhead sharks to see and where

These incredible animals can be enjoyed by divers in a number of locations around the world. They are known to gather in larger numbers at certain times of year, increasing the chances of exceptional encounters. Found in tropical coastal and continental waters, the extraordinary flattened shape of their heads, known as the cephalofoil, is now believed to be linked to enhanced vision and sensory perception.

Of the 11 species of hammerhead shark, it is schools of scalloped hammerheads (Sphyrna lewini) and the impressive great hammerheads (Sphyrna mokarran) that provide the greatest allure for divers. 

The incredible behaviour of great hammerheads, measuring up to five metres in length, in the shallow waters of Bimini in the Bahamas provides outstanding photo opportunities in January to March each year.

SocorroCocos IslandMalpelo and the Galapagos Islands form the shark corridor - an area renowned for exceptional encounters not only with large schools of hammerhead sharks, but also Galapagos and silky sharks year-round. Encounters are also possible in TahitiFijiMalaysia and the Maldives.

Scalloped hammerhead shark

The scalloped hammerhead shark is a coastal pelagic species, found on or near continental shelves. They can be seen near the surface, but are known to inhabit waters as deep as 500 metres. These sharks are known to gather in schools sometimes measuring hundreds of sharks, providing a mesmerising spectacle for divers.

Scientists believe these aggregations occur as it is easier to find food as a group than individually. Such schools can be found in the Pacific Shark Corridor, comprising the Galapagos Islands, Socorro Islands, Cocos Island and Malpelo. These sharks can also been seen in Layang Layang, Malaysia, the islands of Tahiti, the Sea of Cortez and the Bahamas and Cuba.

Great hammerhead shark

The largest shark in the hammerhead family, these hugely impressive sharks can measure up to six metres in length. In addition to their great size, these sharks can be identified by the distinct shape of their hammer or cephalofoil, which is straighter than others in the family, along with their tall sickle-shaped dorsal fins.

Bimini in the Bahamas has emerged in recent years as the best place in the world to see great hammerhead sharks. Between January and March each year, they patrol the shallow sandy shores around this Caribbean island, permitting exceptional sightings for divers.

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