Shark Rodeo at Walker’s Cay – Abacos Islands, Bahamas

Thrills and Chills in Bahamian Waters

In old times a rumrunners’ refuge, Walker’s Cay today is a small, world-class sport fishing center that gives Bimini a run for its money. Despite a panoply of diving and water activities, the Shark Rodeo is undoubtedly the headliner.

At least 100 (and probably twice as many) Caribbean reef, bull, blacktip, and nurse sharks gather to feed from a frozen “chumsicle” of fish carcasses that your boatman lowers into clear, 35-foot-deep waters.

Divers wait nearby, and, if they choose, can take a confident swim among these magnificent creatures— having never been hand-fed, the sharks do not associate their daily hors d’oeuvres with the divers, and so are completely uninterested in their presence.

Safely swim­ming eye-to-eye with the big guys is a surreal expe­rience, but only one of the many available in the famous waters and reef struc­tures of the Abacos Islands. Walker’s Cay Hotel and Marina is the site of the Annual Billfish Tournament every April, and is one of the world’s best deep-sea fishing resorts for marlin, wahoo, and tuna.

Its full-service, seventy-five-slip marina is the best in the Bahamas and boasts more International Game Fish Association records than any other resort. Sooner or later you’ll find everyone in the Lobster Trap lounge, swapping tales.

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