Location: Brittany, France
Snorkeling with Porbeagle Sharks and scuba diving in Brittany.
Porbeagle Shark Encounters
Apex predatory shark of temperate seas, the charismatic Porbeagle is a muscular lamnid; cousin to the Great White, Salmon Shark, and Mako. A fast and energetic hunter, the porbeagle is one of the few species that has physiological adaptations allowing it to maintain a body temperature higher than its environment.
Porbeagles are found at both ends of the Atlantic, and in the South Pacific but in most areas they are very rarely encountered by divers because they spend much of their time in the open ocean and at great depth.
For a short period during their summer migration, Porbeagles gather in unusually high numbers in shallow water off Brittany in northwest France. This unique spot is the only site where porbeagles are commonly encountered.
So far, more than 100 different porbeagles have been cataloged but the aggregation is probably much larger.
Swimming with Porbeagles and diving the reefs of Brittany
This is your opportunity to join four other guests and two shark researchers on a baited encounter to snorkel with porbeagle sharks. In this very special spot, the success rate for porbeagle sightings stands at 85%; vastly higher than any other location.
As well as chasing porbeagles each day, during the trip you will have the chance to snorkel at a grey seal colony, and conduct reef dives to see other endemic species such as lesser-spotted catsharks, torpedo rays, many endemic fishes, octopus, and cuttlefish.
We will also visit the only nesting point in France for northern gannets (20,000 pairs) and see Atlantic puffins (175 pairs), English shearwaters, and razorbills.
June 1-7 1 SPOT AVAILABLE
$4,495 per person double occupancy
$5,695 per person single occupancy
June TBA 3 SPOTS AVAILABLE
$TBA per person double occupancy
$TBA per person single occupancy
Comfortable oceanfront hotel in Brittany
Open Water SCUBA certification required
- 6 nights at the Hotel des Rochers
- Breakfast at the hotel
- 5 charters to snorkel with porbeagles
- All required equipment and bait for attracting sharks
- Reef diving
- Birding and Gray Seal tours
- Experienced Shark Diving Guide
- Marine Biologists onboard
- Underwater photography coaching
- Land transfers to Brittany
- Lunch and Dinner
- Personal snorkeling/SCUBA equipment
- Crew gratuities
Arrive in Brittany and check into your marina front hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore the ruggedly stunning peninsula.
In the evening we will get together for a briefing about the days ahead and learn a little about porbeagle sharks before heading out for dinner.
After a delicious breakfast each morning, we will head out to look for porbeagle sharks not far from the coast. The sharks usually show up quite quickly. It is not uncommon to see multiple sharks at the same time so there are usually excellent photographic opportunities.
After a few hours of attracting sharks, the boat will return to shore with the changing tide.
You will have plenty of time to wander over to one of the local creperies for which the area is famous.
In the afternoons, we may head to a seal colony to snorkel with playful grey seal pups, or conduct a single tank dive to look for catsharks and other local marine life.
Time for a final breakfast at the hotel followed by fond farewells, before your onward journey.
Please note that the porbeagle snorkeling and daily diving schedule may be reversed or otherwise amended due to tidal and weather considerations.