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Went to shark bay which is not as picturesque as it sounds! Didn’t distract from a worthwhile... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mrs Lyn M
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Walking with sharks

A brilliant little excursion.... must wear suitable footwear as the rocks and corals are very... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Stevenage, United Kingdom
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 6 August 2014

I was skeptical when the tout for our 4x4 island tour described the stop at Shark Bay and showed us pictures of shark fins sticking out of the water. I imagined that we would stop on the shore, squint at the water for a while,...More

6  Thank kaisatsu
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 November 2014

Dirty polluted beach , saw nothing. part of the poor 4x4 island tour provided by Thompson, avoid this tour

3  Thank Carlm1
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A brilliant little excursion.... must wear suitable footwear as the rocks and corals are very sharp, these can be hired at the bay for a small cost. We went with a hotel organised trip in a mini bus but others went with local tours and...More

Thank 328russellr
Reviewed 1 week ago

For a start we had a problem finding this. Poor signage and a generally poor area. We stopped about 2 km from the bay and were given directions and told to look for Patrick. Eventually we arrived at some shanty buildings where we asked for...More

Thank Tunleytraveller
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not the most picturesque place on the island, disturbed at the amount of plastic and litter washed up by the sea, however walking amongst the Lemon sharks is truly unforgettable! Only cost in 2€ for shoe hire which is a must as the rocks are...More

Thank MrStorer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to shark bay which is not as picturesque as it sounds! Didn’t distract from a worthwhile visit in any way. Beach shoes necessary - they’re on hire for €3 if u don’t have your own. Our guide Eddy was very knowledgeable as he’s a...More

Thank Mrs Lyn M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unforgetable experience with the lemon sharks, friendly they are. Bring please a beach shoes if not u can rent from some locals there

1  Thank Elvis Manuel C
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Stopped here as part of a tour and spent a short while here. It’s just a few metres out from shore before we could see the young lemon sharks and saw a few during our visit. We would recommend coming here as part of a...More

Thank DaveJB157
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

My first time feeding sharks and I must say was brilliant, them swimming around your feet whilst the guide puts fish guts into the sea to get them to come near, brill experience.

3  Thank Adammichael91
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Support the local economy and visit shark bay. A guide walks you out into the sea. SEA SHOES A MUST AS YOU WALK ACROSS ROCKS..and it's very sloppy. You can hire sea shoes for €3 You walk out and the guides drop bait and the...More

Thank Ali S
Reviewed 25 September 2018

We booked a guided tour to sharks bay via our TUI rep in early September and it was really worth the money- This must have been a good time of year to go. We were not sure what to expect, or even if we would...More

Thank MrsP_PLondon
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

We hired a car specifically to go to shark bay. When we arrived there was a group of people all ready out in the bay. We turned down the offers of help from the local people and went out on our own. The baby sharks...More

Thank Emma M
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3 November 2018|
Response from MrsP_PLondon | Reviewed this property |
Our guide wouldn’t recommend it... I asked, he said it’s a wild predator at the end of the day so not advisable to get too close but rather let them swim up to you and investigate you.
23 October 2018|
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Response from MrsP_PLondon | Reviewed this property |
We hopped over to Boa Vista Island from Cape Verde Sal. It's a very short flight away of about 15 mins. I think it cost us around £100 for the flight and tour of the island.
Emma H
11 August 2017|
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Response from Lois J | Reviewed this property |
Mine cost £25 for the lemon shark trip was about for about 3 hours