Mexico is a top destination for August, as the great white shark season has begun at Guadalupe and the conditions are excellent in the Sea of Cortez. These are two great destinations for marine megafauna at this time of year.
Liveaboard diving in Mexico is extremely popular and is all about encounters with large pelagic life. The Sea of Cortez diving season runs from July to October and is great for both reef diving amongst small species and diving with large marine life. The most well-known attraction of the area is the curious sea lions that come close to divers, plus the playful juvenile sea lions that are present during August and September at El Arrayo, Punta Martir.
The Sea of Cortez also has whale sharks and jumping mobula rays to enjoy at this time of year. The reefs are not to be missed amongst all the ocean giants, and are covered with sponges, corals, sea fans and many species of nudibranchs. The Rocio del Mar offers 7-night safaris to explore the best of the Midriffs Islands, Sea of Cortez.
The great white sharks of Guadalupe are world-famous, visited by Shark Week film crews often, and this island paradise is one of the best places in the world to dive with them. Guadalupe liveaboard diving offers cage diving with great white sharks in crystal clear warm waters, where divers can enjoy the sharks interacting with each other. Divers can spend many hours in the water and dive at depth or at the surface, depending on their experience level and preference.
August is a great month to visit and experience the energetic male sharks of Guadalupe and get to know some of the 171 different individual sharks known around the island. Liveaboards that visit Guadalupe will maximise your time in the water with the sharks; with cages open for diving in the early morning and accessible until dinnertime.
If you’re a fan of turtles and tropical diving rather than sharks, August is the time to visit Sipadan Island in Borneo, Malaysia. The waters of Sipadan are full of mating green turtles during August and liveaboards in the area offer the chance to dive with these turtles.
Tiputa Pass, in French Polynesia, is famous for its sharks, manta rays, turtles and dolphins. August is the perfect time to dive here as humpbacks appear in the archipelago at this time and manta rays are also seen.
This article was written by divers and writers of LiveAboard.com. Additional material by J. Studholme.
Photo credits: Bill McGee & Rocio del Mar.