Developing “The Cathedral”

“Tiger Shark Cathedral”

There are only a couple of places on this planet where you can dive with the “Sea Tiger” eye to eye, close up and personal – one of these sites is Cathedral, Beqa Lagoon Resort’s own Tiger Shark dive.

Cathedral is a once in a lifetime experience – multiple shark species in clear water only 15 minutes boat ride from our resort.

Enjoy diving with multiple Tiger Sharks at the time – dive with the biggest predator of tropical seas – experience big sharks that close you could touch them …..

A dive you will mark in your logbook as the best there can be 🙂

Site Development

About 18 months ago we came up with the idea to develop our own shark dive – we tried to develop a site closer to Beqa Lagoon Resort and less dependent on tides and rain then the other sites, in clear water.

Our dive guides knowing Beqa Lagoon since 2 decades proposed a couple of sites where they had most shark encounters during dives – most sites were close to Nanuku Island, a small island with a fringing reef north-east of Beqa Lagoon Resort.

Tiger Sharks

Most of these locations proved to be not convenient enough for our guests due to waves and currents – one however seemed to be almost perfect – protected from waves and with moderate to no current – we chose to try this site close to Sort Coral Plateau, only 15 minutes by boat from our resort.

In order for our guests to stay in one place, be protected and do no damage to the reef, we have collected dead coral blocks and built a wall on the sandy plateau in about 65 ft/20m depth.

We’ve built and sank several concrete blocks for moorings and ascent/descent lines.

Tiger Sharks @Cathedral

Shark Sightings

When we first started we had almost no sharks – the sharks that would frequent the site were mainly reef sharks.

It started to be more exciting once we suddenly had visitors we’d hoped for – Bull Sharks started to join the crowd of the usual reef sharks.

Then it happened – we got a new guest – our first tiger shark – a big female.

All very exciting, but not on regular bases – some days without any sharks, others with Lemon, Reef, Bull and Tiger Sharks.

It seemed our shark site procedures had to be improved – we changed our ways in April 2015 and lucky us sharks got more and came on regular bases 🙂

To our surprise we got more and more visits of tiger sharks – by July 2015 we had already counted at least 13 individuals from 4ft./1.2m to 12 ft/3.7m – by now our count is around 20 🙂 – we have 2 boys, a pregnant female and several baby tigers – the sweetest is only about 4ft/1.2m – very cuddly 🙂

Since the end of July 2015 we’ve never had less than 2 tiger sharks at the dive – the most were 8 tigers – an experience so impressive – hard to put in words …….

Tiger Sharks @Cathedral

 

January 28, 2016