Location: Brittany, France
Snorkeling with Porbeagle Sharks and scuba diving at Sept-Iles Archipelago
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 they are very rarely encountered by divers because they spend much of their time in the open ocean and at great depth, but for a short period during their summer migration, North Atlantic Porbeagles can be found hunting in shallow water around the Sept-Iles Archipelago, off the coast of Brittany, France.
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 within a protected marine park and seabird sanctuary. 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, various endemic fishes, and octopus.
Within the archipelago, Rouzic Island is also the only nesting point in France for northern gannets (20,000 pairs) as well as for almost all Atlantic puffins (175 pairs), English shearwaters, razorbills, and many other iconic avian species.
Hotel des Rochers in Ploumanac’h.
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 Ploumnac’h
- Lunch and Dinner
- Personal snorkeling/SCUBA equipment
- Crew gratuities