Diving at Cathedral
We have named the site Cathedral, deriving from the Greek word kathedra (καθέδρα), meaning seat, bench, base.
Beqa Lagoon’s base for shark diving :-)
The dive is currently available Monday/Wednesday/Friday plus special requests. The two tank dive starts 8:00 AM and ends shortly before lunch at a cost of USD150.00. The use of NITROX is recommended.
Minimum requirement for all certified divers is 30 logged dives. Private DMs and dive instructors are available for a fee of USD 30.00 for divers with less experience than required. Video cameras are available at our dive shop for rent.
It is about a 15 minute boat ride to Cathedral where we’ll moor at one of the buoys we’ve prepared.
Our dive crew will review the safety rules that you learned during the shark and site briefing the evening before and off you go either freely descending along the reef contour, or along one of our ascend/descend lines - directly down to our “stone wall”. Your dive guide will show you where to settle down.
To make your shark experience as safe as possible you will find guards on either side of the stone wall and behind you - our guards carry long sticks with rounded ends, almost like a spoon, just in case we have to direct sharks away.
Now comes the part where we put some fish loins and bones in the water to attract the sharks to come a little closer. We then fill a big box with fish and lock it. The box is nicely rounded so that the sharks do not hurt themselves when rubbing on the box.
Now the sharks can see and more importantly smell the food - small fish that fits through the bars of the box will feed and attract the sharks.
Finally the sharks will try to get their snacks from the box - and they can be quite creative :-)
All this action while you are sitting at a safe distance, 5-6 meters/16 to 18 feet from our feeding bin behind our guarded stone wall.
I hope you like my little reef map :-)