England / UK Diving Holidays

Cornwall, England is the best place to swim with Basking Sharks. The best time to see these magnificent creatures is from mid May through to early July. The sharks are always here at this time of year.

The ideal conditions are needed to find them. Ideally it should be sunny with calm winds. The sun brings the plankton to the surface which attracts the sharks, and then the dorsal fin can be seen.

Charles Hood is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts when it comes to working with Basking Sharks. With a great network of spotters and local contacts, Charles is without doubt the best person to guide you on this fantastic trip.

The boat leaves the dock at 8:00am. Finding the sharks can take anywhere from half an hour to 3 hours, but they are worth the wait. Once you have them in sight, its time to kit up.

You will enter the water in small groups making as little noise as possible. If you stick to the rules and keep your distance from the sharks, they will stay very relaxed, and happily keep feeding, offering you a great experience as you swim slowly next to them.

Great encounters have also been had in this area with seals, bait-balling sardines with 100's, if not 1000's, of common dolphins, diving gannets, Cornish penguins, bottlenose dolphins, fin whale, leatherback turtles and loads and loads of sunfish.