The Grand Isle Resort & Spa, a four-star luxury resort on Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas has partnered with Beneath the Waves and leading marine biologist Dr. Austin Gallagher to offer hotels guests a once-in-a-lifetime chance to tag sharks in the wild.

Guests are being offered a chance to join Dr. Gallagher’s team in their mission to advance the conservation of sharks through research and promote healthy oceans. For a donation of $500, guests can reserve a spot during one of Dr. Gallagher’s excursions to search for, study and tag Tiger Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Nurse Sharks and Reef Sharks.

The first round of excursions will take place Feb. 20 – 23, 2019, with additional trips to be announced in the coming months.

“Grand Isle Resort is deeply engaged in the conservation of our environment, and through this partnership we are able to contribute to the incredible research being done to protect our oceans and marine life here in the Bahamas,” said Lester Scott, general manager of Grand Isle Resort & Spa. “Travelers who join us on this trip will get up close and personal with these majestic animals in a safe environment while learning firsthand from marine biologists.”


“The Bahamas is one of the most important areas for sharks globally, and conducting our shark tagging research in the Exumas will help us gather the necessary data to determine the value of protecting sharks for the environment and economy,” said Dr. Gallagher from Beneath the Waves. “Working with Grand Isle Resort and its guests not only helps us get more research done, but this is really an incredible opportunity to expose people to the true nature of sharks in hopes that they will become inspired to become ocean ambassadors.”

Space is limited on each excursion and reservations can be requested here. All donations will directly fund the NGO Beneath the Waves’ research efforts.

Image Credits: Sami Kattan.