| Scuba diving with Japanese sharks
| Honshu Island, Japan.
| Western style hotels.
| Open water certification required.
| October 1-7
| $3450 per person sharing a double room.
2017 Trip Leader:
| October 1-7
8 SPOTS AVAILABLE
| $3650 per person sharing a double room. $4900 private
2018 Trip Leader:
5 days of shark diving. 3 dives per day.
6 night's double occupancy hotel
Private coach transfers between Tokyo, Chiba
Tanks and weights.
Shark encounters with an experienced shark
Personal dive equipment rental, flights, alcohol.
DIVE WITH THE ENDEMIC SHARKS AND RAYS OF
Honshu Island sits in the confluence of the
Okhotsk Current which pushes cold water southward from
Russia and the Tsushima Current which carries warm clear
water northward from the Philippines. Where these currents
collide, animals of all shapes and sizes can be found. In
this extremely special spot, there are lush reefs of soft
corals populated by countless sharks and rays.
The most common shark species that you will
see are banded houndsharks; a generally shy species that - over a period of
years - have become used to human contact. When we conduct
the shark feed, you can expect to see literally hundreds of
Banded houndsharks in one small area. This is a dive not to
JAPANESE HORN SHARKS
Another common shark on the reefs around
Chiba is the Japanese horn shark. With a good guide and some
observant hunting, his beautiful species can often be found
hiding under ledges or sitting motionless in plain sight.
This one is definitely not shy! Its super easy to close to
this shark as sits patiently hoping to blend into its
BLOTCHY SWELL SHARKS
More difficult to find than its horned
cousin, the blotchy or Japanese swell shark is another slow
moving species that likes to wedge itself under overhangs
and inflate its belly with water so that it can't be
JAPANESE SLEEPER RAYS
This unusual little ray species lives on the
sand in close proximity to reefs where it has a steady
supply of prey species. Finding these pint sized predators
can be a challenge because - with a flick of their pectoral
fins - they can dissappear under a fine layer of sand. Watch
out where you are kneeling, this ray packed a serious
electric punch even when under the sand.
SCALLOPED HAMMERHEADS AND
JAPANESE WOBBEGONG SHARKS
Dive under a blanket of sharks at Mikomoto
Island! Once we leave Chiba and head along the Izu
Peninsula, we will be in hammerhead country. Mikomoto is
Japan's version of Cocos Island where, on a good day,
schooling scalloped hammerheads fill the heavens.
While at Mikomoto we will also go on the hunt
for the illusive Japanese wobbegong shark; a northern
relative to the more common wobbegongs that are found around
JAPANESE ANGEL SHARKS
When diving around Honshu, always keep one
eye on the blue and one eye on the sand. Although uncommon,
you may stumble upon a Japanese angel shark!
RED STINGRAY CITY!
Perhaps even more abundant than the banded
houndsharks, you will probably be bombarded by scores of red
stingrays during the shark feeds in Chiba. Armed with sharp
tail spines, these rays show up in droves hoping to sneak a
scrap or two. Fortunately, they never use their barbs on
divers unless you accidentally land on one!
PACKED WITH EXOTIC SPECIES
If endless sharks starts to get a little
monotonous, its a quick kick into the lush soft coral reefs
where a myriad exotic fish await! The diversity of species
around Honshu Island is world class. From huge bristlechin fish to intricately patterned morays and
rockfishes, there is enough life on these reefs to keep even
the most jaded diver happy.
Day 1. Pick up in Tokyo. You will travel in
our private group bus to the hotel in southern Chiba
prefecture (about 3hrs by road). Group dinner included
Day 2. After a light breakfast, we will head out to sea for
three banded houndshark and/or reef dives
Day 3. Three more shark dives including time for exploring
the reef in search of Japanes horn sharks and swell sharks.
Day 4. Three more shark/ray dives in Chiba. Then, relocate
to the Izu Peninsula; about 4hrs by private bus. Dinner at
our hotel near Mikomoto Island in southern Izu.
Day 5. After breakfast, head out to dive at Mikomoto Island
in search of schooling hammerheads.
Day 6. Head out for 3 more dives at Mikomoto. Possibility of
hammerheads and Japanese wobbegong sharks. In the late
afternoon we will return by private bus to Tokyo for a final
night out on the town (dinner not included).
Day 7. Fly home or continue on to our
Giant Salamander Expedition.
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