Shark Cage Dives
Experience the excitement and warm water of
shark cage diving in Montauk, NY. The Sea
Turtle will take you 15-30 miles south of Long
Island where warm waters from the gulf stream
bring an array of life during the summer
months. Sharks, (mako and blue) mahi-mahi,
tuna, whales, ocean sunfish, porpoise and of
course sea turtles are among the creatures you
could see on a cage trip.
The two person cage is made of 1" anodized
aluminum pipe and is fully welded at all seams.
Sitting upside down on the open stern of the Sea
Turtle, the cage hinges upright into the water.
Entry and exits are done from the stern of the
boat. Once inside, divers are floated back 5' -10'
behind the boat while still attached by a safety
A typical day of cage diving starts with a full
briefing and boat orientation at the dock. Once
underway, the trip to the blue water takes 1-2
hrs. Upon arrival, the crew begins chumming the
water, creating a slick to attract the sharks. This
can take anywhere from 10 min. to several
hours. During the wait, everyone is given an
opportunity to try out the cage and get
comfortable with all diving procedures. Diving
doesn't get much easier - just bring along a
mask, fins (optional), and exposure suit. Tanks
and regulators are mounted in the cage and we
supply the weight belts. The cage will be floated
3' -7' below the surface depending on sea
conditions. Water temperatures will range from
60 to 80 degrees and visibility 20' to 100'+. The
most common sharks seen are Mako, Thresher
and Blue shark. It's not uncommon to have 3 or
4 sharks in the water at the same time and past
trips have seen as many as a dozen at the cage.
Makos become more abundant in August. Blue
sharks are always the most prevalent and get
over 12'. The amount of dive time you have
depends on when the sharks show up. The
average person will get two turns of 30 - 45 min.
These trips are 8 - 10 hrs. long, so come prepared
for a full day on the boat. Coolers and ice are on
board, but you are responsible for your own
food and drink. All divers should be in good
physical condition and be able to exit a
swimming pool without a ladder. All divers are
required to sign a Waiver and Release of
Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity
Agreement before leaving the dock.
Tanks in Cage
& Who Knows ?
See You Soon !
|Sea Turtle Dive Charters
Shark & Wreck Combo's - These are
single day trips that will include a single tank
morning open water scuba dive on the Block
Island Pinnacle, where there are usually
schools of sand sharks. After the morning dive
we will head, with the cage, to deeper water
south of B.I. and chum for the bigger blue and
mako sharks. Trip departure is 6am and we will
be returning before 5pm.