Sharks have been portrayed as a vicious creature who loves to mangle humans. Though ironically enough, humans are the one who hunt over them for their fins and meat. Sharks' number keep dwindling down and that draw concern from nature conservationalists in Bali. Bali Shark Island is shark sanctuary that acts as a sanctuary for the young sharks until they are ready to venture the open sea. It also serve as a nursery and rehabilitation center that helps treating various shark species who have been inside confinement for too long, before they are ready to be released to the wild.
Amazing Things To Know About Bali Shark Island
1. About Bali Shark Island
So what is the complete story behind the establishment of Bali Shark Island? It starts about 5 years ago, where a non-profit organization 'Bali Sharks' are determined to create their first Shark Rescue Center. Founded by a Hawaiian surfer named Paul Friese, the first sanctuary was a floating building made of recycled wood, barrels and nets. They are unfortunately succumbed to nature's elements and getting reconstructed into a brand-new floating structures and still using eco-friendly materials. The organization works together with reformed poaching fishermen society and offer them alternative jobs to help preventing unsustainable fishing practices. As a result of their collaboration, The Bali Sharks organization received numerous sharks that are caught alive and handed to them by the fishermen who feel benefitted from their program than if they kill the shark and sell it to the market. The first sharks they received are mostly Black Tip Reef Sharks or Carcharhinus Limbatus, though later they rescued more and more different shark species and house them in the sanctuary. All sharks nurtured in the sanctuary will eventually released into the wild or at the protected areas around Indonesia. For example, in July 2013 the organization donated a pair of white and black tip reef sharks to Gili Eco Trust organization located in Lombok to be released in the protected water in the area. The Bali Sharks also work together with various institutes to conduct researches that help move the project forward.
2. Bali Shark Island's EcoTour
Ever wonder how it feels like to swim with the sharks, or hand-feed them? You'll get all of those if you are joining Bali Shark Island's EcoTour. By signing up for the tour, you'll get to interact with the magnificent sharks kept in the sanctuary for 3 hours. There's a shark-feeding activity that will sure enthrill both children and adults alike. You and your kids can also swim with the sharks inside their pool. You don't have to worry about your safety since the pool itself isn't that deep. Plus you'll be equipped with snorkeling equipments from snorkel mask, life jacket, and towel. You will also be scouted with a trained snorkeling instructor. You'll also be taken to Turtle Conservation & Education Center where you can participate in releasing baby turtles to ocean. Additionally, you'll be given a transportation service that will picks you up from the south Ubud, a meal and a drink, and also an insurance.
3. Bali Shark Island's Perks
Bali Shark Island is run by a single organization, and they will be greatly helped by donations from you. The donations will be used for the sanctuary maintenance and also so that they can continue to protect as many sharks as possible. So far Bali Shark Island have rescued over 260 sharks and other marine life, and they still need to raise funds to support the project. Bali Shark Island offer various perks to those who donate to them. With only $5 USD you'll get a regular perk where you will help to save sharks that are a victim of aquarium trade, by-catch, or even those who are hunted down for their fins. Your fund will covers the rescue transport, supplies, and fees. Your name will get mentioned at Shark Rescue Center's tweet, so make sure you've include your Twitter username in the submission form. There's also an 'Adopt & Name-a-Shark' perk. Getting this perk mean, you'll get to sponsor a shark release program where you can give a name to the shark and you'll be given the complementary release footage that you are free to use. You will also get exclusive pictures of your shark and received a Shark Sponsorship Certificate. To claim this perk you only have to pay $99 USD. If you, by any chance, can't come and sign up for the feeding shark activity, you still can be their sponsor by donating $10 USD or more to the organization. Your fund will goes to buy luncheon for the cute sharks, they eat a lot! There are many other perks that offer different benefits for the donators, but the greatest benefit is to imagine that you become a part of sharks rescue effort!
How to Get Tickets?
To enjoy the immense interaction with the majestic sharks, you must pay for about $99 USD for adults and $89 USD for children age 5 and above. There's no admission charge needed for children under 5 years old.
How To Get Around?
Bali Shark Island and Serangan's Turtle Conservation & Education Center is located near each other. The Serangan Island is also notably small so all attractions around Bali Shark Island can be accessed on foot.
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Best Time to Visit
Bali Shark Island is open daily from 07:00 AM to 03:00 PM. You can visit the sanctuary at any time of the year, although the best time is during dry season that falls from May to September.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, all informations you need about Bali Shark Island can be found inside this website.
How To Get There?
After the reclamation, Serangan Island can be easily accessed by taxi or a car from nearby main cities such as Denpasar and Sanur.
If you have enough time, be sure to visit other attractions in Serangan Island after your visit to Bali Shark Island. The island is still quite scenic and isolated, there are numerous beaches you can go to.