Water activity

Sal Island: Shark Bay Experience from Santa Maria

Sal Island: Shark Bay Experience from Santa Maria

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Likely to sell out

From US$ 32.21 per person

You can choose to stay on the beach and watch the sharks with binoculars or get in the water and watch them from up close.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 1 - 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Portuguese
Pickup included
This activity must start on time. If you will be more than 5 minutes late, please contact the check-in person via call or WhatsApp using the contact number provided on your confirmation voucher.
Private group available


  • See lemon sharks in their natural environment
  • Get up close and personal with the sharks
  • Learn all about the sharks and their environment from a professional guide
  • Benefit from included water shoes for safety and to make the trip easier
Full description
Visit the east part of the island on the beach with a natural lemon shark rookery, which is a light-brown colored shark, or sand-colored when in its natural environment. Choose to stay on the beach and watch the sharks with binoculars or get in the water and watch them from up close.  The lemon shark is medium to large shark and is not a threat to people, but can be a danger to other ocean animals. Its scientific name is Negaprion Brevirostris. The average length of a lemon shark is about 2.5 to 3 meters. Some of the largest lemon sharks measured about 3.4 meters. These sharks grow about 0.50 centimeters per year. After spending 60 minutes with sharks swimming around you and learning about the sharks you will be taken back to your lodge or hotel where you were picked up.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private transportation
  • Licensed guide
  • Water shoes
  • Infants seat
  • Liability insurance
  • Hand sanitizer
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Camera
    • Water shoes
    • Water

    Not allowed

    • Oversize luggage
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 27 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
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    Really great tour, Chan picked us up from our hotel and took us to shark bay. Really funny and friendly guy with lots of information about Sal and the sharks. When we got there we were taken out into the bay by a local guy who showed us the baby sharks and then we were lucky enough to see some big ones further out. Rode back in the back of the truck. Would definitely recommend!

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    February 24, 2022

    Super excursion! Together with Chan we went to sharkbay with my family. Here we could pet the little sharks as they swim around you. Great experience! Chan knows everyone and knows just the right places at the right times. We canceled another excursion at Tui and explored the rest of the island with Chan. Delicious eaten in the capital at a local restaurant where you otherwise do not come. Seen all the hotspots and Chan has taken the time for everything. Normally an excursion over the island takes 4 hours at Tui, at Sal expierence you get 7 hours for the same price with a very good guide. So really recommended!

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    January 2, 2022

    We had private tour to Shark Bay with our guide Chan. He was extremely kind and helpful. He took us into a calm place when we could observe sharks in thier natural environment from very close. It was really fantastic experience. I can highly recommend this for everyone :) Special thanks for Chan, you're awesome!

    August 27, 2021

    Product ID: 283392