Fact; sharks aren’t the non-stop bloodthirsty killing machines portrayed in the movies. Fact; at Shark Island in Denpasar, you can even safely swim with some of them!
A Unique Experience
Located on Serangan Island in Bali, this attraction is within easy reach for those based at a budget hotel Denpasar has to offer. At the site, there are nursery pontoons home to mostly blacktip reef sharks that one can snorkel amidst. It’s an ideal family activity and you have the chance to feed the sharks as well.
Those on a tour here from backpacker-friendly properties like POP! Hotel Denpasar Bali can enjoy other experiences too; this includes a visit to the nearby Turtle Conservation and Education Centre which offers a sanctuary for sea turtles and is where one can learn about and encounter these endangered marine species.
Origins of Shark Island
The original Shark Island (or Bali Shark Project) was the brainchild of a Hawaii-grown surfer who was also invested in the conservation of sharks. In 2011, he and those working with him collaborated with fishermen who brought sharks to the nursery which was more beneficial than killing and selling them in the market.
Keep in Mind
A full tour takes around three hours including a visit to the turtle sanctuary. A snorkel and mask are provided though do bring a towel, swimwear and sunscreen; also, pay careful attention to any given instructions. There seems to be some debate if the original Shark Island is in operation so find out details from your tour operator.