Sharks in Indonesia

Indonesia is home to several shark species, most notably the bull shark, the blacktip reef shark, and the whitetip reef shark. However, the most dangerous species are rarely seen near beaches used by humans, and attacks tend to be few and far between.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Indonesia

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Bali Catshark 1.58-1.6 feet Not aggressive
Blacktip Reef Shark 3-4 feet Moderately aggressive (if provoked)
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Greeneye Spurdog 2.78-3.11 feet Not aggressive
Gray Reef Shark 4-5 feet Highly aggressive
Grey Sharpnose Shark 2.3-2.9 feet Not aggressive
Indonesian Angel Shark 4.3-4.4 feet Not aggressive
Indonesian Speckled Carpetshark 1.4-1.5 feet Not aggressive
Megamouth Shark 13-18 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 5-8 feet Highly aggressive
Pelagic Thresher Shark 13-18 feet Not aggressive
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark 9-12 feet Moderately aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Spot-tail Shark 5-5.3 feet Not aggressive
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive
Whitetip Reef Shark 3-5.5 feet Moderately aggressive (only when provoked)



There have been several such attacks in the country’s history. However, all the recent attacks taking place after 2010 have been non-fatal.


Great white sharks have been occasionally seen in Indonesian waters.


Yes, you can swim with whale sharks and get up close to these gentle giants.


Though not very common and nowhere near populated areas, tiger sharks have been captured by deep-sea anglers.

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