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The Great White Sharks of Guadalupe

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Join a live-aboard expedition at the world renowned Great White shark location, Guadalupe Island. Come face to face with the world’s largest mature White sharks in over 100ft water clarity. 

Observe Natural Behaviour

Shark trips to Guadalupe Island have become famous for its mature sized sharks and incredible water clarity. However, something that often gets overlooked is just how special this location is for natural observations of in-water shark behaviour and interaction. You may have heard of the posturing, gaping, swim patterns and size orientated hierarchy the White shark displays. Now come and see it for yourself! Observing animals for long periods gives you a deeper insight into this complex and not fully understood body language of the Great White shark. Again, because of the water clarity and the specific diet and hunting techniques at Guadalupe Island, another fascinating display and interaction is observed.  This is the Guadalupe sea lion and the White shark turning what most people think about this relationship on its head. Guadalupe is one of the only locations where you can see the seals taking on the sharks in a mobbing behaviour rarely seen in such detail and clarity anywhere else in the world. 

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The Great White Sharks of Guadalupe

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The Great White Sharks of Guadalupe

06:00 am - 06:00 pm
Day 1

Arrive in San Diego, USA. Super Shuttle, based at the airport, offers cost effective transfers to The Holiday Inn, Bayside. This is not included in the package.

For the budget traveller, The Dolphin inn offers basic, clean accommodation opposite Point Loma where we board. The cost is +- US$ 50.00 and is located a couple of blocks down from The Holiday Inn, Bayside.

If you would like to pre-book your transfers, visit www.supershuttle.com

 

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm
Day 2

Embark the M/V Islander in San Diego. The vessel departs at 10:00pm.

08:00 am - 10:00 am
Day 3

Customs/Immigration appointment in Ensenada. 10:00am departure for overnight voyage to Isla Guadalupe.

06:00 am - 06:00 pm
Day 4

Arrive at daybreak. Full day Shark cage diving

06:00 am - 06:00 pm
Day 5

Full day shark cage diving

06:00 am - 06:00 pm
Day 6

Shark Cage diving. Begin making our way back to Ensenada late afternoon.

06:00 am - 08:00 pm
Day 7

Wake up in Ensenada, clear customs the head for San Diego. Arrive at Point Loma between 6:00 to 8:00pm.

 

Image: The Waterman Project www.thewatermen.org

The Great White Sharks of Guadalupe

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Isla Guadalupe: Island of the Great White Shark

Isla Guadalupe is one of Mexico's most isolated islands. It is this very fact that makes Guadalupe's flora and fauna so incredibly unique. This remote outpost of land with its diverse landscape makes Guadalupe a sheer magnet for marine life above and below the water. Guadalupe Island lies 160 miles off the Baja California coast and 220 miles south of San Diego. The island is approximately 20 miles long and varies in width from 4-6 miles. Open ocean currents wash Guadalupe with crystal clear water often exceeding 100 feet of visibility.

Adding to the island's mystique is the landscape itself. Geologically speaking Guadalupe Island is a spectacular sight. Large upheavals of solid rock and the numerous cinder cones tell a tale of Guadalupe's volcanic origins. The sheer cliffs that make up much of the island's coastline are magnificently coloured in bands of red and orange.

Guadalupe Island also supports a large marine mammal population. The northern most beaches are home to breeding colonies of Northern Elephant Seals and Guadalupe Fur Seals. Both species were hunted to near extinction during the early 1900's. Fortunately, enough individuals managed to elude sealers to ensure both species survival. Now in abundance, they are easily viewed by boat while cruising the shoreline. California Sea Lions and Bottlenose Dolphin are also a common sight.

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M/V Islander

Your home for the duration of your shark diving expedition is the M/V Islander, a US Coast Guard inspected long range vessel.  She is designed and outfitted for carrying 16 guests for great white shark diving trips.

The Islander has 11 modest compact staterooms. Each room has 2 bunk beds with clean linen and pillows with aircon, eletrical sockets and wash basin.The main deck has two complete heads, each with hot and cold showers.

The galley has loads of room for relaxing before, during and after your diving. It also includes a TV/DVD player, plenty of storage, books and magazines. The galley bar is always open for thirsty shark divers and snacks are constantly available.

The vessel boasts a spacious viewing deck and due to the fantastic water clarity, viewing Great White sharks from this platform can be just as exciting as being in the water!

The back of the boat has a specifically modified dive step for easing you in and out of the huge shark cages. It has plenty of room for all necessary equipment including wetsuits and cameras.

Photographic facilities

Photographers will appreciate the two large camera tables located on the aft dive deck. These tables have two levels and double as great work stations. Camera housings are always within easy reach of the swim step. After each dive, fresh water rinse basins and compressed air allow photographers to maintain their equipment to the highest standards.

Meals
All meals served are freshly prepared by the head chef and include breakfast, mid-morning snacks, lunch, hors d’oeuvres and dinner. Additionally, snacks including fresh fruit, chips and nuts are available throughout the day    

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Cage diving

Great White shark cage dives are for everyone! There are 2 huge aluminium surface cages with a capacity for 4 guests each utilizing surface-supplied air, non certified divers can take part in this amazing experience.

The submersible cage, under the guidance of the Divemaster takes certified guests for an intimate and one on one personal encounter with the Great Whites of Guadalupe. This amazing experience offers 360 degree photo opportunities.  Start packing!

The cages boasts easy and safe entry and exit points including lids,ladders and large viewing windows for great photo opportunities.

Water temperatures usually range from 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Daily Cage Dive Rotations/Schedule:
Floating shark cage #1: Four divers, hourly rotations 
Floating shark cage #2: Four divers, hourly rotations 
Submersible shark cage: One diver plus Divemaster, 30 min. rotations

Research 

During the trip, leading on-site Great White shark scientist, Mauricio Hoyos and student marine biologist Edgar Becerril will spend one evening aboard our vessel giving a shark lecture and Q & A. Mauricio has been conducting research on Guadalupe’s shark population since 2004. Stationed on the Island for the duration of the season and conducting his work from a small research boat, no one has more of an insight into shark behaviour in this location. During the expedition you can also contribute to the on-going photo ID database that has been running since 2001 and which has catalogued over 150 individual sharks at Guadalupe. This gives us further insight to the behaviour and migration patterns of the Pacific coasts’ White shark population. 

Other Marine life

Great White sharks are not the only form of marine life you may encounter during the trip. The journey to the island is a marine tour in itself. From dolphins riding the bow wave of the vessel, Humpback, Pilot, Grey and Blue Whales plus an abundance of seabirds! In past seasons, we have come across Mako, Blue and Hammerhead sharks as well as Manta rays. Once at the island, one can see 3 species of Seal, Turtles, Schools of Tuna and the Island’s rare Beaked Whales.    

image: The Waterman Project www.thewatermen.org

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Cost

US$ 3 195.00 Sharing per person

US$ 3 395.00 Single

Cost includes

  • Mexican Tourist Visas
  • Guadalupe Island Biosphere permits
  • Air-conditioned stateroom accommodation
  • All meals & snacks. All drinks including beer and wine aboard
  • Shark cage diving activities
  • Diving gear including mask, wetsuit, regulators and weights 

Cost excludes

  • Flights
  • Land arrangements
  • Crew gratuity - 10% +-
  • Premium alcoholic beverages

Sightings

The shark diving dates chosen lie in the heart of the Guadalupe White Shark season. The trip dates in October and November are chosen with only one thing in mind - the best opportunity to see Great White Sharks. In fact, we're so confident in the ability to find Great White Sharks that we guarantee you'll see White Sharks or you can join another Guadalupe expedition we run for free!

Booking and cancellation

  • A 50% US$ non-refundable deposit via Paypal upon booking with balance due 120 days before the start of the expedition. 
  • Less than 120 days before start date: 100% of the fee.
  • No show: 100% of the fee.

Weather 

  • In the event of inclement weather conditions, related but not limited to, swell and wind, the Master of the
    Vessel has the authority to make all decisions with regard to safe operation. Should weather conditions or
    mechanical failure arise that prohibit safe travel in accordance with the pre-arranged schedule, the Master
    reserves the right to delay/speed up departure and return times, reduce the length of the trip, or cancel.
  • Refund amount is accessed on a case by case basis. Apex Shark Expeditions recommends passengers
    purchase trip insurance for unforeseeable instances.

image: The Watermen Project www.thewatermen.org

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