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Great White Shark Diving

Isla Guadalupe White Shark Cage Diving

This is a video that was filmed on our vessel “Horizon” last November.

To join us for our 2016 or 2017 season, call 619.987.4275 or 855.987.4275,

White shark cage diving. When you think of ultimate white shark encounters Mexico’s Isla Guadalupe has established itself as the worlds top white shark cage diving destination. Ten years ago this pristine white shark site was relatively unknown, today white shark fans from around the planet come to meet the shark conservation and media stars of this newly minted Bio-Sphere Reserve. From the 15′ Shredder with his unique dorsal fin and well known cage diver curiosity, to the 16′ Bruce and a host of other tagged animals what we have learned about white sharks with the tireless efforts of CICIMAR at Isla Guadalupe has re-written the book on these amazing animals.

This is what it’s like to dive with Great White Sharks.

Guadalupe white sharks have been featured on television shows like Shark Week and more recently National Geographics Great Migrations. Of course long before they were white shark media stars we knew them simply as, “the locals”. Shark Diver has also been researching the history of this unique site over the past three years, uncovering rare title and ownership documents going back to 1845. This island has quite a history.

Our 2016 pricing includes brand new cages with plenty of room for 5 divers each, U.S. shark and vessel crews, all shark diving permits, unlimited beer and wine, soft drinks, wet suits, weight systems, on board accommodations, meals, snacks, transfers from San Diego airport. Shark Diver offers expedition forward pricing so you do not get hit with surprises down the line. Solo shark divers are encouraged and never hit with a single supplement fee. Ever.

Shark Diving with the Original Guadalupe Crew

When it comes to west coast shark diving knowing what to look for in a vessel and shark crew makes all the difference. After 15 years of hands on shark diving operations at Mexico’s Isla Guadalupe, Shark Diver has enjoyed a lasting partnership with the premier and original white shark vessel, the M/V Horizon. Best of all you do not need to be dive certified to cage dive at this location.

Passenger Safety in Mexico

Passenger safety concerns with Mexico’s unfortunate ongoing drug war are valid and we have gone to extraordinary lengths to address transportation issues into Mexico. Road travel within Mexico is becoming increasingly dangerous. Shark Diver ensures your exposure to Mexico’s drug zone is limited by not taking divers on buses into Mexico and back. It means we take fewer shark divers per trip, but safety is our top priority both on land and at sea. Our shark divers board in San Diego and return to San Diego on our vessel the M/V Horizon. Shark Diver is the only commercial shark diving company that has always offered direct U.S. departures to Isla Guadalupe at sea and not overland.

Shark Diving Vessel Details

The vessels in the Shark Diver fleet feature a range of accommodations from private air conditioned staterooms, to every other diving amenity you and or your groups will need. All vessels have dedicated air system for shark cage operations, service the largest shark cages available and have full time experienced great white crews. These shark diving isla guadalupeguys know sharks. Our vessels are excellent long range dive platforms for those seeking laid back comfort and style while diving with Great Whites in Mexico and Tigers in the Bahamas.Vessels are primarily designed to cater to adventure seeking individual divers, selected dive groups worldwide and professional filmmakers.

We know you have a choice when deciding to experience white sharks at Isla Guadalupe. Your vacation time is important to us. If there is anything we can do to make your experience with us better – from a birthday celebration on board to a wedding proposal at sea, let us know and, we’ll make it happen for you!

Food Service

Meals aboard Shark Diver vessels are key to any successful dive expedition. Individual divers and group leaders will be happy to note that we take great pride in taking care of all your divers food needs. The galleys on board are fully equipped for any style of cooking providing divers with a wide range of cuisine. Chef Mark on the M/V Horizon can prepare anything from traditional meals to the freshest fish in the world, or meals that cater to religious observance. Our crews cut no corners in efforts to present a truly memorable dining experience. Dietary restrictions are not a problem and our on board chefs look forward to accommodating your needs. Galley/salon areas are spacious with ample room for 16 passengers at one seating. Complete with TV and VCR/DVD, and email access, the salons are an excellent place to wind down after a day of incredible shark diving or while en route to Isla Guadalupe. All beverages including beer and wine are available at no extra cost.

Cage Diving Design

Shark Diver has reviewed all our vessels shark cage designs and built the brand new Guadalupe Mark VI cages for 2015 in house. They feature unique flotation pods designed for ocean use, that we have adapted for cage diving. This system allows for more space and comfort inside the cages and is in use by most operators at Guadalupe. We also feature two unique external observation hatches for divers and film crews who are looking for another angle to film great white sharks. In short, one of Shark Divers most important considerations is cage design, and safety. We have ensured you’ll have the best cages available to dive with; after all it’s where you will be spending most of your time with us.

The Dives

shark diving guadalupe IslandThe cage diving at Guadalupe is bar none the greatest on the planet, with up to 100 feet + of visibility. The water temperature ranges from 67 to 76 degrees making this the ultimate white shark destination for everyone. Especially for the discriminating underwater photographer, or the novice.

You will enjoy hours of cage time utilizing our state of the art cages. The two 4-5 diver cages are built to maximize your safety and comfort. At 50 square feet each they are the largest shark cages you will find on the planet. Our cages feature excellent viewing and photography characteristics, providing you with total freedom of movement and 360 degree panoramic visibility.

You will appreciate the use of dedicated surface supplied air, allowing you to be comfortable and secure during your dives. All our air systems are internal and we never use off the shelf air compressors. Our professional and courteous crew will make sure your adventure is a safe and rewarding experience.

Professional Photography

Our shark diving crews looking forward to assisting you, the professional or semi-professional, with all your underwater photographic needs. As a prime example of stunning underwater shark shots taken from Isla Guadalupe please spend some time with renowned underwater photographer Phil Colla located at

Join us in 2015 and discover yours!

Conservation Shark Diving

CSD is an acknowledgment of shark diving operators who give significantly back the resources they work with. Initiatives that help conserve local and regional shark populations, like the Shark-Free Marinas Initiative or local and regional funds that directly support area research teams such as the Isla Guadalupe Conservation Fund are just two examples of this commitment.

Conservation Shark Diving is a way of directly impacting the animals we work with in a positive manner exhibiting site stewardship and conservation industry leadership. Our clients are, after all, the sharks.

Shark Diver is proud to support Conservation Shark Diving. Your decision to book with Shark Diver allows us to continue to manage and direct conservation efforts that have a direct and lasting impact on sharks all over the world. We are proud to have developed the concept behind the Shark-Free Marinas Initiative which has already garnered support from PADI, The Humane Society, the island nation of Fiji and even Slash from Guns n’ Roses. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Stewart Gow and Mike Neumann 80% of Fiji’s marinas are now Shark Free, a stunning achievement.

Help support sharks by supporting commercial shark diving operations who are making a real difference.

Group Sales and Military Discounts

IMG_2022Our vessel accommodates groups of 16 divers, all group leaders automatically come for free and active military enjoy our special military rate.Over the years we have hosted some of America’s best and bravest and will continue to do what we can for our troops who have given us, here at home, everything. This image is from Habbiniyah Iraq and Diane’s Marines who we met in 2008. They are wearing the Shark Diver crew gear we sent them as a prelude to cage diving with us that fall.We are looking forward to providing you and your groups with the vacation of a lifetime, tell our experienced shark dive crews what your needs are and Shark Diver will make it happen for you. Semper Fi.

Shark Diving Itinerary

Welcome to Shark Diver. Your dive expedition to the Pacific’s most pristine and robust white shark dive site leaves from San Diego’s famous H&M’s Landing, 10 minutes from San Diego’s airport and home to California’s long range fishing fleets. Shark Divers vessel the MV Horizon boards divers from California to Isla Guadalupe. We are on site usually 20 hours later and beginning your first exciting white shark cage dives after a hearty breakfast. We take a maximum of 16 divers per trip – perfect for dive clubs, corporate groups, film crews, and photographers.

Day One

Boarding begins at 9:00pm -11.00pm on the evening of your expedition date. Prior to boarding most of our divers have booked with the Holiday Inn Bayside under our special Shark Diver Rate, we are happy to be working again this year with the Bayside, our 8th season with them. Divers generally come in a day early and take advantage of the Bayside’s free airport shuttle service and 7 minute location from the international airport. Our divers also like discover San Diego’s Gas Lamp District, home to some of California’s top restaurants and entertainment venues located minutes from the hotel. If you’re coming to San Diego early plan on visiting the town. We generally depart from the docks at 11:00-12.00pm. Travel time to Guadalupe is approximately 28 hours. Once you arrive to the vessel you’ll be greeted by Martin Graf, your dive operations manager. Martin holds the enviable distinction of spending the most time at Isla Guadalupe aside from the shark researchers at CICIMAR. His wealth of shark knowledge and dive operations prowess makes Martin our top choice again this year to run the white shark program on the M/V Horizon. He also speaks German and Swiss fluently and works in tandem with the entire vessel crew who you’ll soon get acquainted with. For now it’s time to get settled and into bed, try and get some sleep because in a few hours from now the next time you set your head on your pillow just know there will probably be two or three white sharks swimming underneath it!

Day Two

We clear Mexican Customs early in the morning and then head out towards Isla Guadalupe. Look out for Dolphins, Whales and Sea Lions and enjoy your day at Sea.

Day Three

We will arrive at Guadalupe sometimes after midnight. Upon arrival, we anchor, deploy our huge shark cages and begin operations. Breakfast is served in the galley, and Martin will be doing an in depth dive safety review prior to your cage time. Cage diving rotations are usually one hour at a time and the vessel is divided into four crews of four with eight divers in the water at any given time. Your first cage dive is usually preceded by someone yelling “White Shaaaark!”. A few years ago we had a young deck hand “Mikey from Main” who’s tell tale white shark yell is a tradition we carry on to this day. Welcome to cage diving, keep your eyes open as you walk down a short ladder into the industries largest shark cages, chances are in a few minutes you’ll be face to face with the Great White shark. Lunch is served around noon and for most divers this is a welcome break from the morning and getting used to the world of cage diving. We pick up the afternoons cage diving rotations after lunch or power through depending on the shark action this day. Dinner is served approximately 6:00pm. After a hot shower and a change into your post shark encounter clothes, it’s time for a sunset beer, or three on the bow with the other newly minted shark divers. Congratulations, it took you a long time to get here, but you did it, and now you’re ready for the next two days of white sharks, and more. You are an official Shark Diver.

Day Four

If we decide to try a different site, we move early and begin operations at sunrise. Cage diving continues throughout the day and rotation times will be increased. Usually we stay in place as our crews and vessel captain know where to place the vessel and where the sharks are. Chances are you’ll see another long range boat in the bay, but the sharks will transit from boat to boat, and with the density of animals on site everyone gets into sharks. We may get boarded by the MX Navy while were on site. They will board each vessel at least three or four time during the season. They are looking for valid commercial shark diving permits, passenger manifests, and some water or a soda. These young marines work very hard with little pay, so we always offer them lunch and water. Do not be surprised to see guns, this is a a typical Mexican boarding procedure and they have been doing this since 2008. The good news is their presence deters unlawful sport fishing boats who, in 2007, hooked a white shark right in front of us. Fortunately we sent a small boat over to them to film what they were doing and they soon cut the line and ran away. Having the MX Navy on site is a good thing. Day four ends as day three did, by now you have moved over to the expert class of Shark Diver and you know what the color of a white sharks eye really is. Only a real shark diver knows this so consider yourself one of the fortunate few. Like we said before, tonight when you go to sleep just know that a few feet below you lurk some of the white sharks you have come to know over the past few days. Shredder with his unique dorsal fin, Fat Tony, Mau, or even Bruce. They’ll be here when you wake up.

Day Five

By now, everyone will be old pros and enjoy the relaxed feel of things. Your shark cage team will be some of your best friends even after this latest adventure with Shark Diver. Cage teams typically assign names for themselves, “The Wild Ones”, “Team Dark Tide” when it’s time to go cage diving your team is ready and able, knowing where all the gear is located and how to suit up. Our photographers will be focused on getting the “best of the trip” shot and shark fans will now be able to accurately measure, sex, and identify each new shark. Shark Diver has a share and share alike policy towards shark images. Basically if you happen to nail the best trip shot, share it. Each night we provide memory sticks so divers can offload images and share them with each other. That way every divers goes home with the absolute best images they can, a group effort. The last cage rotation is always bitter sweet, time to say goodbye to animals that have captured our imaginations since, for many, childhood. It’s amazing but sometimes if you really connect with an animal, there’s a moment where the two of you just click. Shredder has been clicking with divers since our first season, and we hope you get to meet him this year, as he has proven to be quite a unique and wonderful animal.We depart after lunch and head for home, make sure you take some last minute snap shots of Shark Fin Rock on the way out, usually the light is just right and it’s a great way to say good by.

Day Six

We travel back to San Diego and arrive at the docks approximately 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even the most hard core shark fans have a few questions and our team have collected the most frequently asked from our divers. If your question about your next shark diving adventure isn’t answered below, don’t hesitate to call us at 619.887.4275 or toll free 855.987.4275 or email us, informed shark divers are better shark divers.

Is shark diving safe?

To date we have enjoyed a 100% operational record at every shark site we operate in.Shark Diver remains committed to Safe and Sane Shark Diving TM, it’s a way of doing shark dive operations right, the first time, every time. No shark system is 100%, so let’s talk shark safety.

Over the past decade Shark Diver has steadfastly stuck to a few core operations principals that are at the heart of Safe and Sane Shark Diving.

1. Respect the sharks. Shark Diver sees sharks for what they are, predators, first and foremost. We respect that fact. No one, no matter how seasoned or professional should lose sight that sharks have the potential to be dangerous if they are not treated with a healthy dose of operational respect.

2. Sharks are not “playthings”. Along with respect comes the understanding that stunt work with sharks with regular divers ultimately leads to disaster. We conduct the same dive and baiting protocol with sharks each and every time.Operations that conduct stunt work with sharks while commercial divers are in the water have little respect for the animals and the resource. We are here to observe these magnificent animals, not use them for personal gain, either with stunt based images or video or by calling stunt work “conservation.”

3. Baiting and sites. Shark Diver only operates at sites with seasoned animals. We do not change baiting practices in the middle of a dive, and we do not confuse the animals. When you change what you do with sharks in a baited situation you often have confused sharks, which leads to situations that are not good for your divers or for the sharks. Sharks do not want to attack humans as a general rule, but they have 300 million years of predatory evolution behind them, so do the same thing with sharks each time, every time. Our crews work with the animals and let their behaviour be our guide – not the other way around.

These are a few of the simple yet successful principals we have developed and stick with year in and year out. Like we said no system is 100% safe, but a decade later we have shown that respect, protocols, and understanding the animals you are fortunate enough to work with can allow for safe shark interactions – and we hope you agree.

Do I need qualifications to dive?

Other than being reasonably physically fit, you don’t have to be an expert diver to cage dive with us at our Isla Guadalupe white shark dive site. Divers joining us in the Bahamas do need to be certified divers. For non divers joining us this season at Guadalupe, you will be required to attend a one-hour onboard cage diving presentation. Comfort in the water is a must. We strongly suggest that non divers take an “intro to diving” class at your local dive shop prior to joining us at our white shark dive site.

Do you have Bio-Sphere permits?

Shark Diver operates under Mexican operations permits issued to the MV Horizon by CONANP and other agencies. We have done so since the permit system was introduced to Isla Guadalupe in 2008. There are no such things as “exclusive permits” at Isla Guadalupe. The Mexican white shark permit system is fair and even, each vessel, each operator, has to operate within the established park guidelines. If you become aware of any operator who makes claims to “exclusive permits” be wary of that claim as they are false, and the operator is hiding something from the divers.

Do the sharks ever attack the cage?

As a general rule no, they do not. We do not entice sharks into cages nor do we seek hard shark interactions. As some operations have unfortunately discovered sharks can be unforgiving if you do not adhere to strict shark diving protocols. We do, and it’s our foremost consideration when you dive with us. Expect very close passes within 12 inches at times. We run a cage free operation in the Bahamas but do have film and television cage systems for rent if needed.

How big are the white sharks and tigers?

Isla Guadalupe Great Whites are primarily transitional sub adults, 12 – 16 feet in length are are sleek, fast, and beautiful. We also encounter makos on very rare and very special occasions. Later in the season we encounter much larger sharks upwards to 18 feet. We call this “The Time of the Titans.” Late season sharks also come with a better chance of poor weather on site so you need to take that into consideration when making your shark diving choice with us. In 2015 our primary focus will be on peak season dates from August-November, to maximize your chances of quality interactions with these animals.

Tigers in the Bahamas run from 10-15 feet in length and are primarily female. They can be shy at times but we work with them over a period of days at Tiger Beach until they, and our divers, reach a good comfort level.

Is cage diving always possible?

At Tiger Beach Bahamas we run a cage free operation for our divers. At Isla Guadalupe on occasion adverse weather may prevent safe cage diving operations. Our experienced dive operations managers will make the decision when he or she feels that your dive safety may be at risk. We may move to a better location or even cancel the weeks trip. Safety is always our first priority. We will never “push the envelope” at any shark site when it comes to your safety or your loved ones safety. In the many years we have been at Isla Guadalupe we have canceled only one expedition due to late season storms. To protect yourself against any unforeseen circumstance, or act of God, we highly recommend you purchase trip insurance.

How far in advance do I have to book?

We suggest that you book your expedition with us as soon as possible to guarantee yourself a spot on any of our fleet boats for limited expeditions to our incredible and pristine shark diving sites. Worldwide attention has grown for Isla Guadalupe and Tiger Beach over the past decade, and we are experiencing record interest again this year! Shark Guarantee?

Yes. After almost a decade of shark diving operations we offer the industries only shark diving guarantee. Shark Diver only runs shark operations during peak seasons, we know when and at what times the sharks are on site and have the benefit of the world’s most productive and pristine shark sites to operate in. We guarantee that you will see great white sharks. Should you not see any great white sharks, SD will take you back for free, (airfare, hotel etc. not included). This is your vacation, and your money, we’re in the business of delivering sharks. Join us!

176 thoughts on “Great White Shark Diving

  1. Hi I am very interested in the Guadeloupe trip and I am active duty military. What is the military rate you offer?


  2. Hi guys,im from ireland and diving with whites is a dream of mine.Can you send me some prices and if i can book and pay a direct debit until its paid off.Thanks

  3. diving with white sharks has always been my dream, im wondering if there is any kind of military discount. if you can get back to me as soon as possible. thank you very much.

  4. I was curious what equipment is available to assist with poor eyesight? I have an eye phobia so I don’t wear contacts, but my vision isn’t good enough to see clearly without them. I’m worried that I will lose out on an experience like this because of my vision. Is there any thing to help with this?

  5. Are early October dates are considered “later in the season?”
    I would like to go during the “Time of the Titans.”
    What is the final date of the season?

  6. Im looking to book very soon for Sept 2014 and hope to bring a couple gopro cameras with me but as a semi pro photographer I also want to find something for my DSLR, is there somewhere that rents good housings for pro level cameras and lenses?

    Thanks in advance,

  7. Hello! My husbands 40th is coming up and a surprise trip like this would be a dream for him. Can you tell me when your 2015 schedule will come out?


  8. Hello
    I am planning to go to Las Vegas this year in oct 13th and would like to know if at the end of my trip to Vegas which would be Oct 27th is a good date to visit Isla Guadalupe to see the white sharks… I am a low income person, will save my money for accomplishing this dream of mine it would be one shot – therefore I want to visit the island with certain guarantee I will see the sharks,
    Understand the price is $3100 per person and includes breakfast and meals during the trip right? Does it include the diving suit too?
    Waitng for reply thanks!

    • Hi Ellane,
      Our last trip this season with open spaces is Oct. 12-17. The price includes everything, food, snacks, wine, beer, soft drinks, all the dive gear and a DVD for you to take home. The only extra we have is the gratuity for the crew. Shark Diver is the only company that also offers our shark guarantee, where you get to come back on us, if you don’t see any sharks.

  9. Hi every body … I’m fabrizio from italy.. I’m soo interested in your dive experience and i just want to know if will be possible come out from cage?


    • All passengers have to board and return to San Diego. We are not allowed to pick up passengers in Mexico. Our prices include all taxes.

  10. Is the last week in September through October 1st going to be your last trip out for 2015? I, too, want to see the larger sharks. Thanks :)

  11. What are the major differences between going in August rather than October? I noticed that October was already fully booked and was wondering if that’s due to the difference in marine life, water temp, and visibility?

    • Earlier in the season we see more sharks, later in the season we see fewer, but larger sharks. They are all very large though. 16+ ft in August, up to 18+ in October-November.

  12. Does the cost of the trip include diving equipment or do I have to provide my own? Also is smoking permitted on this trip?

  13. Hi!
    I’m planning a trip in 2016 for my husband’s 40th. We are very excited! I had just one question. I see you do not need to be scuba certified. Is there, however, any benefit or difference in the dives if we are actually scuba certified for open water?

    • The only difference would be your comfort level at being underwater. We go into the cage with all non certified divers on their first dive and make sure everyone is comfortable and can clear a mask.

  14. Hi I see that scuba certification is not required but I was wondering if it all made a difference in the type of dive (depth, etc.) that you offer? We are scuba certified for open water and I was just curious. Thank you!

  15. Hi! I’m booked for September 2015!! :) I’m curious if you ever see any Killer Whales during the trip? Thank you!

  16. Was happy to see that you also don’t like fishing tournaments where they kill the sharks. We vacation each year at Dauphin Island, Alabama, which is on the Gulf of Mexico. They are said to be the largest saltwater fishing tournament in the world. I was very saddened to see that they had caught beautiful Bulls, Hammerheads, & even Tigers in past years only to kill them. To my knowledge, they don’t release any of them. Saw a front-end-loader with cut off shark fins in it & it sickened me! Me & my 9 yr. old dtr. were the only ones who even seemed bothered by it. Wish they would also release them as some of the folks at the Ocean City Tourn. you mentioned.

  17. Hello guys!
    I am temporary resident who was given a USCIS number for two years but cannot leave the US, so my question is… Would this ruin my plans of going to isla Guadalupe or am I still able to go? Plz help!!

  18. Hello, do you have any pics of the boats, staterooms and/or suites?
    What is the price for a non diver?
    What are the average water temps for Oct and Nov?
    Can I make a reservation for late 2016?

  19. Hello,
    I live in the UK so was just wondering roughly how much it would be for the Great White Shark diving with yourselves.

    • Hi Lauren,
      Our expeditions are $3100 per person, from San Diego. The flights from the UK to San Diego are not included. BA offers direct flights from London to San Diego.

  20. hello, I was wondering if the military disscount is only for US MILITARY members ONLY or could it be for international military institutions? I am a chilean navy officer thank you.

  21. Hello,I really like the sound of your set up,I have wanted to get in the water with great whites (or any shark) I have been having a look around and really like the look of your company, I am interested in doing this in 2016 early September ish,when would this be available to book and also do I have to pay the full amount or can I secure with a deposit? Thank you Gaz

    • We should have our 2016 dates soon. Typically we charge a $500 deposit, with the balance due by June 15 of 2016.

  22. Hi guys im coming on the trip on 17th August from the UK. Can’t wait and just wondering who else is coming. Please could you let me know any tips for good cameras and lenses and waterproof housing for shark photography. Thanks. If anyone is around on 16th august or earlier on the 17th for a catch up drink be good to catch up.

    • Hi Rishi,
      We are looking forward to showing you our friends at Isla Guadalupe. We do have some Olympus point and shoot cameras for both pictures and video. Rent for $90 for the trip. For a DSLR, it is expensive to buy or rent a housing for a particular camera. We have 3 DSLR’s for rent. 1. Canon Kiss, with an 11-17 mm Sigma lens in a Ikelite housing with dome port. Rent $150 for the trip (Does not take video). 2. Canon 1ds MK III, with a 17-45 lens in a Subal Housing, with Dome port (No video) Rent $200 for the trip. 3 Canon 5d Mk III in a Sea&Sea housing with dome port. Comes with an 8-15 fisheye lens and a 16-35 wide angle lens. Shoots both stills and video. Rent $1000 for the trip.

  23. enquiring about cage diving with great whites next going to be fling from ireland and want to go at the best time of year you reccommend doing it sept/october?also,are all the trips 6 days or are there any 1 / 2 day trips available also? thanks :)

    • The best time for number of sharks seen is typically August and September, for the biggest sharks, October and November are best. We only do 5 day trips, since it takes a day to get there and a day to return.

    • The best time for number of sharks seen is typically August and September, for the biggest sharks, October and November are best.

  24. Hello! I saw that you give discounts to military and EMS professionals! Any chance nurses are anywhere on that list? I have a group of them that is interested! Thanks!

  25. What is the age limit to do the trip? I have a 14yr old son who has wanted to be a marine biologist since he was 8 and would love to do this. I’m guessing it’s 18?

  26. I have been looking at booking for the 2015 season and have a couple of questions.

    1) What are the special film and science expeditions?
    2) During the special Science expedition, September 14th – 19th, is that consider the “Time of the Titans” – or does that time come later in the month?
    3) If a trip is booked during one of the special events, what can be expected as additional experiences as opposed with the normal excursions?


    • The special film expedition features Peter Kragh, an award winning cinematographer, who will be helping the divers with their video shooting as well as editing their movies. On the science expedition, our divers have a chance to help with the photo id database and Nicole Nashby will be on hand to share her research with all the divers. Everyone will also get a photo id book ($100 value) and the fee for the camera rentals is waived ($90 value)

  27. Hi! This has been a dream of mine since I was little. I’ve finally decided to take action even though the price is outrageous for me! I would love to join in for next August. I am a student and money is tight with me right now but was wondering if you guys do payment plans? it would be easier for me to make payments than pay 3 grand at once! Would love to hear back from you guys! Thanks for all that you do!

  28. Do you have a minimum age requirement? I have a 16 year old daughter who won’t stop talking about a Great White Shark cage dive!!!

  29. Hi there, can you let me know if you get any cancelations for this year. I’m free for October and November or if you know any colleagues with a space. Many thanks Kev

    • We will let you know, if we have any cancellations. Typically our trips book up well in advance and 2 of our expeditions next year are already sold out.

  30. I’m so excited to find your company. This is something that has been a life long dream of mine. My one question is, are there any size restrictions? I’m about 5’11 355lbs.

    • Weight is not a problem, as long as you can safely go into and come out of the cages. We have wetsuits to size 5xl. Give us a call at 619.887.4275 and we can answer all your questions.

  31. Hello, this is something I’ve wanted to do for the longest of time! I am living in Mexico and was wondering whether I could actually catch up with you in Mexico or whether it would be necessary to travel to San Diego and start form day 1 as it would be cheaper for me to travel within Mexico.

  32. Please let me know if you could also offer packages during Christmas break? For example December 20 – 26 or around that dates since it is easy to take time off. I cannot really take time off from work but would love to go on great white shark dive.

  33. I was curious what is all included in these prices. Also what size does the group have to be to get the group discount and what that discount is ? Please and thank you I’m super excited to do this

    • Other than the gratuity for the crew, everything is included, once you are on board. Food, drink, dive gear and even a trip DVD are all part of the package. Flights, hotels etc., before you board the boat, are not included.

    • There is no set minimum age. It’s up to the parent to decide, if their child is ready for this trip. The biggest thing is being on a boat for days. We had kids as young as 9 and they had fun.

  34. I was really interested in the science expedition. When are the science dates for 2016. it would be a really fun way to celebrate my birthday.

  35. Hi. I’m going to be with you guys Sept 9-14, 2015. Do you only see juvenile White Sharks this time of year or are there mature adults that commonly show up as well? I know the big females are later in the season. Do you see some that are 15+ feet around this time or generally smaller? Thanks a lot!

    • Hi Molly,
      In September we’ll see juvenile sharks of both sexes and some big adult males. The biggest sharks you can expect to see are 16+ ft. long. Our sharks only come in size XL, huge and OMG!

    • Freediving with great whites at Guadalupe Island is illegal. We never allow it and any operator who does is not only violating the law, but endangering the divers.

    • We require a $500 deposit when you make your reservation. The balance is due by June 15 of the year you are coming to Guadalupe. You can also make regular payments, as long as the balance is paid in full by June 15.

    • We just require a $500 deposit, with the balance due by June 15 unless other arrangements are agreed upon. Call us at 855.987.4275 and we’ll be glad to answer any questions you have.

  36. Me and my dad have been planning to go cagediving and my mom wants to go, but she doesnt want to dive all she wants to do is watch. How much would it be for her to go?

    • We have a $2000 non diver rate. If she changes her mind and wants to go into the cage, she can still go in, if there is an open spot, or you let her use yours.

  37. Hi

    do you have trips starting from Mexico… I live in Monterrey Mexico and would be cheaper for me to travel inside Mexico, tan to go to San Diego..

    • Unfortunately all our divers need to board in San Diego. It is a coast guard regulation for our vessel that all passengers board at the same place.

  38. Hi!
    My boyfriend and I have decided that we would love to go on the Guadalupe White Shark dive. I am absolutely terrified of the ocean and sharks, and can’t swim, but I am determined to do this! My only concern is that I am currently watching Shark Week and their cages show an entire side open without any bars covering it. Will the cages be like this? Because I feel like a shark could easily come through there!
    I’m so excited to do this dive!!!


    • Our cages are enclosed on all sides. We specialize in “safe and sane” shark diving. We respect the sharks and don’t take safety lightly.

  39. I was going to try to plan for a trip with you next year, I was thinking around my birthday in February is that a bad time of year? I’d love to do it at the right time & get the best experience, so when in your opinion is the best time of year?

    • Our white shark season is from August through November. In February we have bull shark dives in Fiji available.

  40. I’m a single diver without another diver to accompany me. Do you have any kind of system where you can match up individuals so they get double or triple occupancy rates?

  41. Hello friends.

    I’m from Mexico, dou you have office in Mexico?
    I’m interested for the trip to Isla Guadalupe.

    with my best regards

    • The price for our regular expeditions is $3100 We do have discounts for military personnel, police, fire fighters and EMT’s available.

  42. Hey there, do you guys do like a payment plan option, where you take a payment each month until it is paid off, or do you have to pay it in full? Thank you :) also last question, so my dad and i are the ones that want to do the cage dive, but if our spouses, and my brothers wanted to come along, how much would it be for them to stay on board, or do you only let people who are going to be diving go on this trip?

    • You can make payments until it is paid off. We require a $500 deposit to hold the space and the full amount is due by June 15.
      We can take up to 2 non divers per trip (first come first served) and their rate is $2000 per person.

  43. I was thinking about takeing my family it would be my wife and I with our two young kids 2yr son and 7yr daughter what is the price for all of us to go?

    • Generally, we do not have a problem taking young children along as non divers, but you should be aware that we are on a relatively small vessel for 5 days and we do not provide child care. One of you would have to be with them at all times. I would recommend that you wait until your children are a little older, but you as a parent are better able to judge that. If you think your youngest is OK to take the trip, your price would be $3100 each for the adults and the children, as long as they share your stateroom, would be $300 each.


  44. My wife is an above knee amputee. We did a local shark cage dive in Hawaii. She has a prosthetic leg, and uses a walker when she is doing water activities. Would this be an issue with a trip like this? We talked about a South Africa trip, but I think I’ve convinced her we would have more fun on this trip. Her main concern is her ability to move around the ship with or without her leg.

    • That should be no problem. We always have a couple of deckhands and a divemaster by the swimstep and they can give any assistance that is needed.

  45. I am very interested in booking a trip with you guys. Great White cage diving is on my bucket list! I see you give discounts to military and EMS/nurses. Do you happen to give a discount to licensed veterinary technicians (animal nurses)? If you do that would be great! Just curious. Thanks!

    • We give discounts to our military and emergency medical personnel, EMT, firefighters and police.
      Call Cindy at the office 619.887.4275 and she can accommodate you.

  46. Is the military discount $200 per person or is it 200 subtracted from your regular rate? I just want to make sure I understand .

  47. Hi there. I`m planing a trip with you guys this year, but I havent decided on when yet. Im little bitt worried about the weather and sea conditions. Do people often get seasick while on bord? Is the sea pretty rough out there? i know very little about this part of the world, so I would appreciate any information about the weather and the size of the waves out there. Yours sincerely Sammy

    • Hi Sammy,
      The weather can be rough, since we are on the open ocean. Some people do get seasick and we recommend you get the “patch” or something similar. Once at the Island, it is typically very calm, since we are anchoring on the lee side if the Island.

    • It is not possible to do shorter expeditions, since it takes a full day to get there and another full day to get home.

  48. Hi there….. I’m a US Citizen but haven’t processed my passport……
    Do we need it to take this trip?….
    Thank you

    • You do need a valid passport or passport card. Even though you don’t leave the vessel in Mexico, we do have to clear customs for our trips.

  49. I have a Malaysian passport and already have Visa for USA. Do I need a Mexican visa too? My wife is British. what are her Visa requirements

    • Check with the Mexican consulate regarding a visa for Mexico. Your wife just needs an ESTA for the US and just her passport for Mexico.

  50. LOVE THIS and thinking of doing for my bday. Inquiring for a package deal, one day trip for about 4-6 people. How much would that cost?

  51. Hello. I’m wondering if you offer a discounted rate for a passenger who wishes to sail and take the journey to Guadalupe Island but not participate in the shark cage diving. I’m very excited to cage dive with sharks but my husband is not that interested, however I was hoping he could still take the trip with me.

    • We offer a discounted rate of $2’000 for non divers. Give is a call at 619.887.4275 and we’ll give you all the info you need for your trip of a lifetime.

    • We only use surface cages, because that’s where you get the best pictures and when using submerged cages, the sharks tend to stay below the surface cage.

      All the pictures on our website were taken from the surface cage.

  52. Hello,

    My husband tends to get very sea sick on little boats. We really want to do this life long dream but I’m worried. Do you guys see that problem a lot? How big is the boat and what would you recommend since medicine doesn’t seem to help him?

    • Our vessel is 85ft by 25ft. Depending on the sea state, we do have some passengers that get sea-sick. The effectiveness of the various remedies depends on the individual. Different things work for different people. What I do recommend is getting a bunk in the center of the vessel instead of a room on the side, since these bunks tend to be the calmest place on the boat. If medication doesn’t seem to help, some people have had good experiences by using ginger as a natural remedy.

  53. Hi,
    Finally planning my trip- I will be coming alone and I am curious about cabins. How do you arrange bunks? Are there single cabins or is it shared bunk-style rooms? Thanks in advance for the reply.

    • We have rooms with 2 beds as well as a bunk room with double beds that have privacy curtains. If you are traveling by yourself, you can either share a room with another diver or get a bed with the privacy curtains.

  54. My husband and I are getting ready to book with you for 2017. Looking at the trip leaving October 13th. I really want to see the big dudes but have read that there are less sharks appearing during the later months. Does that mean only 2 or 3? Just wondering…. Also, do you need a passport

    • In August and September we see up to 30 per trip. In October and November we have seen as many as 15 different individuals Whatever time you choose, we guarantee you that you’ll have a great time and see lots of sharks

  55. Hello i am Björn from germany. What includes the special science safari tour ?

    And do you make also a policeman discount ?

    Thanks Björn

    • We do have a police, firefighter, EMS and military discount of $200 off the price. The science trip includes a scientist on board, talking about the research that is going at Guadalupe, a copy of the photo database ($90 value) and a free camera rental ($90 value)

  56. I have dreamed of swimming with Great Whites all of my life. I mean literally, I have dreamed about it. Not just daydreams…but dreams when I am sleeping. Vivid dreams, real dreams, I have to catch my breath just thinking about it…I love sharks, I always have, it is in my DNA.

  57. Hello, I’m booked for the middle of October and will be flying in the same day as the beginning day of my trip. Do you have a transport from the airport to the dock?

  58. I just got home from what I had called, “the trip of a life time”. Can’t say that anymore!! We are definatly going back!! Sea conditions were a little rough heading out, but perfect coming home. The crew is absolutly amazing! They care for your every need and feed you like a Kings! We saw over 20 differant sharks. Big Sharks!! And you too will fall in love with Cindy!! Thank You Sharkdiver!! See you again in 2018!!

    • i know this is kinda a stupid question but does the boat have wifi or service because when i go in august i want to be able to post pictures on instagram and snap chat

      • We do have satellite email, but now way to upload pictures. It’s awesome though to actually just enjoy the sharks and leave the electronic leash behind

  59. I am very excited to hopefully make the trip in 2019 or 2020, it’ll be my graduation gift to myself. I’ve read that you cannot free dive with the sharks, but if they get close to the cage can we “pet” them?

    • When great white sharks touch each other, there is usually biting involved. We don’t encourage touching the sharks as a sign of respect for the Sharks.

  60. Wife and I have experience diving and we are looking at purchasing full face masks.
    Will your air supply hoses support our full face masks?

    Do we have the option to bring our own equipment?

    • Unfortunately we can’t accommodate full face masks, because we would have to drain the air system and change it over every time we change rotations.

  61. Hi,
    So if I understand correctly the best time to see big, big guys is in October. What would be the absolute best from your 3 dates: 8-13, 13-19 or October 30- November 4?
    Which ship do you use or where can I read information about the accommodations?

    • Sorry for the late reply. We require a $500 deposit and can arrange for payments after that. Give us a call at 619.887.4275

  62. Hello, do you experience sea sickness or rough seas at any time during the trip out and back? Also, how long does it take to get from San Diego to the dive spot?

    • It can get rough on the way there and back. It takes a day to get there and a day to get back. If you feel that you might be prone to seasickness, we do recommend you get the patch or some other seasickness medication.

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