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The Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) is the one shark that seems to strike fear and terror in many people. Also called the White Pointer, White Death, White Shark and other names, this is the largest flesh eating shark in the ocean today. Despite being a true apex predator with few, if any natural enemies in the ocean, the Great White Shark is very vulnerable to over-fishing and today it is generally recognized as an endangered species. Indeed, the species is officially protected in South Africa, Australia, Maldives and the United States.
The island of Guadalupe lies some 160 miles off the coast off Baja California and over 200 miles southwest of San Diego in open ocean water that has over 100 feet of visibility. The temperature averages 65° to 72° F.
Guadalupe Island, it's simply Shark Diving Heaven!
- Luxury Shark Cage Diving Schedule
- Trip Planning
- Physical Requirements
- What to Bring
- Underwater Photography & Videography
- Expedition Company
- Shark Related Information
- Multimedia Program & Published Articles
Although the expedition company has a very successful expedition record, they cannot guarantee a Great White Shark encounter on every trip. It would be irresponsible to claim some sort of control over Mother Nature. In reality, Great White 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 a Great White Shark.
Nautilus Belle Amie
The Nautilus Belle Amie is the largest most luxurious live aboard shark diving vessel on Earth. At 140 feet long, 33 feet wide and 500 tons she is incredibly spacious and stable. Built in 2005 at Bollinger Shipyard USA, and completely refurbished in 2014 with a new interior and dive equipment.
The Nautilus Belle Amie has a steel hull and super structure built with the highest standards and craftsmanship. This beautiful ship has everything! With 2 Premium suites on the main deck that can be combined into 1 VIP suite. The upper deck has 6 Superior suites with ocean views. The lower deck has 8 Staterooms and 1 quad berth (single occupancy). She has a enormous interior dining room and lounge area. There is a huge sun deck on top with a bar and hot tub.
The Dive Deck is massive with all the space and amenities you can imagine. Rebreather friendly and NITROX is available. The Nautilus Belle Amie will have three 28' RHIB's (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) with twin 225 hp outboards to get you to the dive sites at Guadalupe and around the Revillagigedos (Socorro) Islands. The ship also has 6 "State of the Art" shark cages with amazing capabilities.
- 140' x 33' (500 tons) ocean-going dive boat
- Built in 2005 by Bollinger Shipyards, USA
- Steel hull and superstructure, Stabilized, 11 knot maximum service speed
- ISM audited by Bureau Veritas
- Water capacity: Unlimited with high capacity watermakers
- Compressors: 3 x Bauer with banks + Nitrox membrane system
- Rebreather friendly
- Dive skiffs: 3 x high speed twin engine 28' rigid hull inflatable's
- Passengers: 28-30 guests open boat / up to 36 guests on private charters
- Crew: 11-12
- Spacious, comfortable and stable
- Satphone, email & internet access
Nautilus Belle Amie
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MV Solmar V
The Solmar V holds 22 divers when full. Solmar V is a luxury live aboard for the discerning great white shark cage diver! More creature comforts to suit your needs.
The galley and lounge have been carefully designed to guarantee a most enjoyable setting. The main salon comfortably seats all of our guests, is fully air-conditioned and designed with a rich mahogany interior. Televisions with DVDs are available for your entertainment both in the salon and in each stateroom. Each day brings three gourmet meals, prepared by our chef and served to you by our staff. Snacks and afternoon receptions, along with beer, wine and soda, are all included in the price of your trip.
Side scanning sonar, multiple radar systems, and the most modern electronic marine technology package provide an excellent complement to an experienced crew. Twin Two main engines and three full-time generators power Solmar V to a cruising speed of 11 knots. Two fresh water makers produce 1,600 gallons per day, more than adequate to fully support the Solmar V's showers and guest services. Our 12 individual staterooms are air-conditioned, have private bathrooms with sink, shower and head. They also have color TV and DVD. View Dive Boat
|2016 Cage Diving Schedule - $3697.90 US/pp*|
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|2017 Cage Diving Schedule - $3697.90 US/pp*|
The submersible cage was introduced by Great White Adventures in 2004 and allows divers to be suspended 20 feet below the surface which provides a completely new aspect to their diving experience.
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The Submersible cage allows divers to descend a little further into the world of the White Shark. Being only another 20 feet below the surface provides a completely new aspect to your diving experience. The Submersible cage allows GWA safety divers to escort clients below the surface and safely into the Sharks world. The divers view from this depth are a photographers dream come true. For the Shark Fan, being suspended out in the blue with White Sharks appearing from below as well as from above is an experience that you will never ever forget.
These spectacular dives are for certified divers only and are always escorted by a GWA safety diver. GWA safety divers will only escort one client/diver at a time down to depth and remain at depth for 20 minutes. All certified divers that wish to make this journey are rotated as many times as conditions will allow. The response from divers has been phenomenal and everyone has been overwhelmed by the experience. Professional as well as amateur photographers are raving about the incredible shots and different angles that have been captured during these dives.
Physical Requirements - Although being a certified diver is a plus, it is not required. The expedition company does recommend completing a Discover Scuba introductory course if you are not certified. You must be at least 13 years of age to cage dive. All minors must be certified and accompanied by a parent or guardian.
If you wish to cage dive, some basic physical abilities are required. You, as a diver should be able to enter and exit the cages on your own. Example: Can you easily climb in and out of a swimming pool without the use of stairs or a ladder? You should be in reasonably physically fit condition. If you have existing conditions such as cardio pulmonary disease or other conditions or illness that require medication and or frequent access to medical facilities you may not be eligible to participate in these activities. Some physician approval may be required for other conditions such as diabetes, asthma etc. The maximum weight limit for cage diving is 250 lbs. If you weigh more than 250 lbs and are physically fit, then arrangements can be made to accommodate you.
- Dive Equipment Required
(To be provided by customer)
Mask, Wet suit (7mm optimum), Hood, Boots, Gloves, Weight belt (if not standard size), Spares
- Do Not Bring
Fins, BCs, Tanks, Regulators, Weights, Spear guns
- Important Items/Clothing to Bring
Sunscreen, Towel, Warm jacket, Sunglasses, Hat
Photographers are welcome and the crew will make every effort to accommodate your needs as well as provide fresh water for your cameras.
Keep you camera as streamlined as possible. This will make it easier to operate while inside the cage. All cameras are welcome and remember to charge your batteries!
Guadalupe provides the best underwater shots. The water visibility is generally excellent (70 to 100+ feet). We have had many underwater photographers on our expeditions. All types of still and video cameras can be used, but smaller is better. Sharks are large and come close to the cage, so a 15mm to 35mm lens is suggested. Many find a 20mm optimal. We recommend you leave your strobes at home. The sharks are found in clear and bright water and many photographers find strobes unnecessary, but it's your choice to bring it or leave it home.
The leeward side of Guadalupe is usually blessed with clear sunny skies and is where the boat will most likely be anchored. During midday your first choice for ISO sensitivity would be (ISO 100-200). Before 9:00 am, after 3:00 pm or if the boat is anchored in a position where the island blocks the sun, you may want to bump up your ISO sensitivity a notch or two (ISO 200-400).
Great White Adventures (GWA) is one of the best expedition companies you can travel with if you are planning to visit Guadalupe Island. GWA is an organization that promotes conservation and protection of the marine environment while providing adventurers with a rewarding and educational experience. Great White Adventures as well as Eco-Photo Explorers believe that education and enjoyment of our environment is the key to its protection. We all hope you will come away from your adventure with a new found respect and appreciation of the ocean and all of its inhabitants.
We have traveled with Great White Adventures on multiple trips and highly recommend their operation. Great White Adventures runs a sister company called "Shark Diving International (SDI)" because they are now providing shark diving trips that span the world. They have an unblemished safety record which is priority number one, an extremely professional and experienced crew, as well as having the best shark cages we have ever been in to date. You will not be disappointed.
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Make sure you include our Referrer Name: Eco-Photo Explorers on all correspondence to Great White Adventures (GWA) or Shark Diving International (SDI).
Multimedia Programs & Published Articles
Multimedia Program -
Inside the Cage: Shark Cage Diving in North
Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they venture inside the cage right here in North America to dive with Blue Sharks in California, Rhode Island and New York. This program will conclude with heart-stopping action from Mexico’s Isla de Guadalupe, home to some of the largest Great White Sharks in the world.
- Great White Shark Information | Photo Gallery
- Expedition Field Notes: 2005 | 2002
2005 Guadalupe White Shark Season Synopsis (pdf)
Courtesy: Great White Adventures/Shark Diving International
- Guadalupe Video (courtesy: GWA) - 1.64 MB Real
- The Shark Foundation has been committed to the protection and research of sharks since 1997 and sees itself as the sharks' lobby.
- The ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research is dedicated to shark and ray conservation through its scientific research and public education programs.
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