Celebrate Shark Week By Booking a Trip to One of These Jaws-Dropping Destinations
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Stay at one of the four Palladium properties along Mexico's Riviera Maya to take advantage of the resorts' dive center, which offers Whale shark snorkeling during whale shark season from May to September (meaning you can visit in late July, timed perfectly to Shark Week!). You'll spend about three hours swimming with manta rays and whale sharks along a Caribbean reef near the islands of Isla Mujeres and Holbox, off the coast of Playa del Carmen and Cancún.
Book it: Stay at the Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa, Kantenah Resort & Spa, White Sand Resort & Spa, or the adults-only TRS Yucatan Hotel. (rooms from $253; Whale shark snorkeling: $199 per person)
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Head to Cabo San Lucas at the southernmost point of Baja California Sur to immerse yourself in a Pacific Ocean paradise. Between August and May, add a little excitement to your trip by booking an eight-hour Auberge Adventure swimming with whale sharks. You'll head to the waters off of La Paz to swim with whale sharks measuring up to 40 feet long. Expert guides will navigate you to popular feeding grounds to watch the sharks in their habitat and even swim alongside them.
Book it: Stay at the Esperanza Auberge Resorts Collection (rooms from $750/night; Auberge Adventure price varies)
Pacific Harbour, Fiji
Head deep into the clear, warm waters of Fiji to try cageless shark diving in the Beqa Lagoon. Surrounded by over 190 miles of spectacular coral (Fiji is known as the "Soft Coral Capital of the World"), you can dive—sans cage!—to see the spectacular undersea gardens as well as reef sharks, nurse sharks, lemon sharks, bull sharks, and tiger sharks. (Related: Why There's So Much More to Portugal Than the Beaches)
Book it: Stay at the Nanuku Auberge Resorts Collection (rooms from $750/nigh; cageless shark diving: $200)
From November to May, head to Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii to cage dive with sharks in their natural habitat. North Shore Shark Adventure cages can hold up to eight people—meaning, you can go with your whole crew or fam—and shark sightings are 100-percent guaranteed (!!). You can also peep dolphins, Hawaiian green sea turtles, and humpback whales while you're down there.
Book it: Stay at Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu's North Shore, Hawaii (rooms from $329/night; shark cage diving: $96 for adults, $60 for kids)
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Venture off the soft, white sand beaches of French Polynesia to embark on a Lagoon Safari Snorkeling Experience to swim among stingrays, manta rays, tropical fish, turtles—and, of course, Bora Bora's infamous (but friendly) blacktip sharks. With water this clear, you'll be able to see plenty—even if you don't want to go too close. (Related: 4 Reasons the Cayman Islands Are the Perfect Trip for Swimmers and Water Lovers)
Book it: Stay at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui (rooms from $700/night; Lagoon Safari Snorkeling Experience: $103 for half-day, $150 for full-day)
Head down under to the Maldives in Southeast Asia, and book the resort's Hammerhead Heaven overnight trip to the world-famous Hammerhead Shark Point—one of the few places remaining in the world where you can see the species. (Bonus: Make your own underwater movie while you're down there for the ultimate Instagram post.)
Book it: Stay at the W Maldives (rooms from $644/night; Hammerhead Heaven: price varies)
Can't go as far as the Maldives, but craving some hammerhead action? Pop down to Bimini in the Bahamas between December and April to go on a Great Hammerhead Safari. Spend all day diving for the chance to catch a glimpse of these spectacular predators—or opt for a full-day wild dolphin safari if you can handle what the guides call Hammer Headquarters.
Book it: Stay at the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina (rooms from $179; Hammerhead Safari: $299 + tax)