Want an adrenaline rush, try Rhode Island Shark Cage Diving: Venture inside a real shark cage right here in Rhode Island and dive with sharks. If you want to see sharks in the Rhode Island area, the Snappa is the boat of choice. Come and experience the excitement and the thrill of shark cage diving in Rhode Island. The Snappa dive boat has adequate room for all divers. An outside shower for divers is available, along with a walkout transom door and a fresh water wash tank for cameras. When sharks are present, divers will typically get 30 minute shifts in the cage before they are rotated out for new divers.
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are considered the ultimate predators and are one of the most
fascinating creatures on earth. With an air of mystique surrounding
it, the shark has roamed the oceans for millions of years, virtually
unchanged. Off the Rhode Island coast, the blue shark is the most
common shark you will encounter. It ranges in size from 4 to 13
feet, weighing 30 to 350 pounds. A slender body is characterized by
an iridescent blue color and its trademark long pectoral fins. The
best months for viewing this shark are July, August,
September and October.
The mako is one of the most aggressive sharks in the ocean, sometimes leaping 15 feet out of the water. It is identified by its pointed head, multi-layered teeth, full muscular body, and crescent shaped tail. The basking shark frequents these waters during the month of June. It is a harmless plankton feeder reaching lengths of over 20 feet. Calm, sunny days usually bring the basking sharks up to the surface to sun themselves. Many other forms of marine life visit these waters and make themselves available for the divers viewing pleasure. These include a wide variety of plankton and jelly fish including the Portuguese Man-of-War. Occasionally, dolphin or mahi mahi, marlin, porpoise, tuna, sea turtles, ocean sunfish and even whales have been observed.
The boat usually leaves the dock around 6:00 AM (unless noted otherwise), but please get there early because it takes about 30 minutes to load the boat with gear along with the cage. All divers are required to sign a Waiver and Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement before leaving the dock. After a quick orientation explaining the boat policies, rules and demonstrating correct cage procedures, the boat will depart for a 20-60 mile run out to deep water. The water depth will be approximately 200 feet. It will take anywhere from 10 minutes to 4 hours for the sharks to find the chum slick. On average, each diver will get two turns in the cage, about 30-45 minutes each. Diving usually ends around 2:00 pm and if the seas are favorable, you should get back to the dock by 4:00 pm. Off loading should be completed by 4:30 pm.
Even if you do not have underwater camera gear, make sure you bring your topside camera! You can get some great action shots from the deck, as the Captain try's to lure the sharks into raising their heads above the surface. You may also bring a small cooler for your food and drinks. Since it maybe chilly in the morning hours, we advise bringing a sweatshirt and windbreaker or other lightweight water resistant jacket. You may also want to bring a pair of sweatpants as well. Reading material may come in handy since the trip out as well as the trip back can take up to two hours. If your prone to seasickness, please take your seasickness medication at least one hour before you get on the boat.
- Water Conditions:
Water temperature averages 60°F and 65°F in June and upwards of 70°F in September
Visibility averages 15 feet to 80 feet - Tidal & Sea Temperature Predictions
- Required Dive Equipment:
All certified divers must bring their own diving equipment.
- Exposure Suits: Wet suit (7mm optimum) or drysuit
- Optional Equipment: (not necessary)
U/W Photography Equipment - Photographers are welcome and the crew will make every effort to accommodate your needs. Remember to charge your batteries.
- Suggested Clothing:
Sunscreen, towel, warm jacket, sunglasses, hat
Shark Cages & Topside Observers
Shark Cage UW
Shark Cage Diving (certified diver): The submersible shark cage will accommodate three divers. Cage divers are required to bring their own air tanks which will be used for life support. The cage is constructed of 1" anodized aluminum pipe (fully welded at all seams) and is 5 ft wide, 6-1/2 ft long and 7-1/2 feet high. The cage will either be on the surface or submerged to a depth of 7 ft and is always attached to the boat using a strong steal safety cable. All entry and exits are done from the stern of the boat. Divers will typically get two 30 to 45 minute shifts in the cage when sharks are present. When shifts are over, the cage is pulled back to the boat to rotate-in fresh new divers.
Floating Surface Cage (non-certified snorkel diver): The surface cage (playpen) is a floating platform designed for the non-certified snorkel diver. You will definitely experience the same thrill and excitement the scuba diver enjoys from below the surface. You simply observe the sharks from above the surface.
Topside Observer: Topside Observers enjoy all the sights and sounds above the surface. Although being in the water and meeting a shark face to face is the ultimate experience many shark encounters may be viewed from the surface. When natural predations occur most of the feeding activity takes place on the surface in full view of everyone. All shark expeditions are very educational and exciting for anyone who loves to be outdoors and on the ocean. During the trip you may encounter whales, porpoise and many other varieties of marine mammals and sea birds. To spend the day at sea is an amazing experience that we wish more people could enjoy.
The Snappa dive boat is a 46 foot fiberglass custom sport fisherman. The boat has a Wesmac hull and was built in Surry Maine, with the finishing work completed by Fernandez Custom Boats. Although the Snappa is USCG inspected and licensed to carry up to 23 passengers, diving groups are limited to 14. The power plant is a Caterpillar C-15, 853 H.P. diesel with a cruising speed of 17 knots. The cabin is completely enclosed and has cushion seating, dinette, head with shower, galley, and 3 bunks. A full complement of state-of-the-art electronics is located on the bridge. (Boat Image Courtesy: Snappa Charters)
- Raft & Life Jackets
- Emergency Position Indicating Radio beacon (EPIRB)
- Water Lights & Flares
- Oxygen and Resuscitation Equipment
All trips require reservations to hold your spot and can be made by contacting us through our online form. Since available dates fill quickly, we recommend booking early. When making a reservation, please have an alternate date, just in case your first choice is already booked.
A US $500 deposit must be received within ten days from date your reservation was made. Deposit payment may be made with personal check, Visa, Master Card or Discover Card. Trips canceled within 30 days of your reservation forfeit their deposit. Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted for final payment. Cash, money order or bank checks only. Make checks payable to "Snappa Fishing & Diving Charters, Inc." and put "Referred By: Eco-Photo Explorers" on bottom of check. Bad weather cancelations will be made at the dock by the captain!
|Shark Adventure (Prices based on 8 passengers)||10 hour, 40 Mile Limit|
|Shark Adventure Snorkel Dive||US $2000|
|Shark Adventure Scuba Dive||US $2200|
|Charters over 8 Passengers||Add US $200 pp|
|Snorkeler Divers||US $245 pp|
|Scuba Divers||US $270 pp|
|Topside Observer (non-diving)||US $200 pp|
Promoters and dive shops: Inquire about any discounts.
Mask, Fins, Snorkel, and Wetsuit Rental Fee: US $25
All prices are in U.S. dollars and are per person. All prices subject to change. If you call the dive operator directly, please tell them you were referred to them by Eco-Photo Explorers.
A 5% discount is offered to groups booking two days in a row aboard the "Snappa." The group organizer receives a free fare as the 10th Person.
Price Does Not Include:
- A fuel surcharge of US $50 for private groups and US $5/person for singles, will be assessed when fuel prices reach US $3.00/gal and at each US 0.50 increase thereafter.
- Souvenirs, and gratuities for the crew.
for the 2018 Season
1 day trips - Check Weather
Private Groups (scuba divers, snorkelers and topside observers)
Individuals (scuba divers, snorkelers and topside observers)
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Although the expedition company has a very successful expedition record, they cannot guarantee a Shark encounter on every trip. It would be irresponsible to claim some sort of control over Mother Nature. In reality, Sharks are wild animals that have their own schedules and priorities. They live in an extraordinary environment that at times, does not cooperate according to our schedules. Weather is always an important factor when operating offshore. The expedition company does however, promise to take you to the best place at the best time and provide you the best opportunity to encounter Sharks.
Certification Requirements & Liability - Divers must provide their own diving gear. Scuba divers must show certification through PADI, SSI, YMCA, NAUI, or NASDS. Divers should be in good physical shape. A Waiver and Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement must be signed by all participants on each trip before the boat leaves the dock. Non-Certified divers are permitted to snorkel dive on the surface only.
Cancellations - Trip cancellations due to bad weather conditions and/or unsafe sea conditions that may jeopardize the safety of the passengers will be decided by the Captain at the dock. Every attempt will be made by the expedition company to reschedule divers in the event the Captain cancels the trip due to bad weather and/or unsafe sea conditions.
Bad Weather - The dive boat cannot be held responsible for bad weather, if a diver chooses not to go out and the trip was not canceled that constitutes a NO SHOW. The dive boat Captain will make every effort to reschedule your dive.
Boat Policies - Zero tolerance policy is enforced. No illegal substances will be permitted on the boat. A Waiver and Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement must be signed by each participant on each trip before the boat leaves the dock. The Captain reserves the right to change the scheduled dive site due to conditions which he may feel will either jeopardize your enjoyment or safety.
DAN Diving Insurance is
Snappa Diving Charters
Directions to Boat:
From Connecticut & Pts. South - Take Rt. 95 North to Exit 92. Go right on Rt. 2 East. Follow to Rt. 78 East. Go left on Rt. 1 North. Take the Pt. Judith/Galilee Exit. Go right on Rt. 108 South to Galilee. Go past Fisherman's Memorial Campground and take right at next light onto Galilee Escape Road. Take a right at the end and your first left will bring you to the parking lot. The Snappa dive boat is docked in front of Mahoney's restaurant.
From MA & Pts. North - Take Rt. 95 South to Exit 9 (on left). Follow Rt. 4 South to Rt. 1 South. Proceed on Rt. 1 South to the Pt. Judith/Galilee Exit. Go right on Rt. 108 South to Galilee. Go past Fisherman's Memorial Campground and take right at next light onto Galilee Escape Road. Take a right at the end and your first left will bring you to the parking lot. The Snappa dive boat is docked in front of Mahoney's restaurant.
Captain & Crew:
The owner of the Charter boat "Snappa", Charlie Donilon has been in the business for over 40 years. When Charlie is unavailable to captain the Snappa, his alternate captains and mates are put to work. With some having more than 12 years experience working on the boat, the owner has complete faith that his captains and mates will provide a safe, enjoyable and productive day for your group.
Captain Charlie Donilon
2 Congdon Drive
Wakefield, RI 02879
401-782-4040 (cell\boat), 401-487-9044
Accommodations & Lodging
Please note, it's
your responsibility to reserve your own accommodations.
Price Range: Least ($), Moderate ($$), Most ($$$)
Other recommendations for lodging in the Narragansett area...
|The Atlantic House||401-783-6400||5||$$|
|Scarborough Beach Motel||401-783-2063||3||$|
|The Village Inn||800-843-7437||5||$$|
Other recommendations for lodging in the Charlestown area...
|Krystal Penguin Inn||401-364-0062||18||$|
|Phil & Ann's Sunset Motel||401-364-3321||16||$$|
|The Willows Resort||800-842-2181||19||$$|
|Ocean View Motor Inn||401-364-0080||16||$|
|General Stanton Inn||800-364-8011||16||$$|
|Shelter Harbor Inn||401-322-8883||21||$$$|
Other recommendations for lodging in the South Kingstown area...
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