Dive with Great White Sharks
Departs San Diego for Isla Guadalupe, Mexico
August through Mid-November
- Featured on Discovery Channel's "Shark Week", Animal Planet, and the Wall Street Journal
- Spend 5 days surrounded by nature's ultimate predator when cage diving off the coast of Mexico's Isla Guadalupe's newly formed "Bio-Sphere Reserve"
- Your vessel is outfitted with the industry's largest shark cages, great accommodations, excellent food service and experienced shark crews
- No dive experience necessary!
During this 5 day excursion, you will travel to Isla Guadalupe from San Diego where you will have the opportunity of a lifetime to see these amazing predators in their own environment. Discover huge Great White Sharks with an upscale shark vessel and the industry's largest shark cages.
One of the most important considerations in providing these amazing experiences is cage design, and safety. We have ensured you'll have the best cages available to dive with, so you can feel comfortable and confident.
Your vessel will have a dedicated air system for shark cage operations, service the largest shark cages available and have full time experienced Great White crews. The vessels are excellent long range dive platforms for those seeking laid back comfort and style while diving with Great Whites.
Relax after a day of diving in your vessel's galley, complete with TV/VCR/DVD, and email access. On-board, chefs are sure to delight as they prepare you delicious traditional meals, or the freshest fish in the world. All beverages, including beer and wine, are available at no extra cost. We are proud to feature "Shark Trust Wines" with your meals - a local eco minded company that gives back 10% of its total sales to ongoing shark research world wide.
Divers seeking a week-long encounter with the ocean's ultimate predator no longer need to travel over 5000 miles to South Africa or Australia. This newly named "Bio-Sphere Reserve" located just 210 miles into the Pacific has it all, and we can take you there!
- Must be 16 years of age or older
- Prior diving experience is not required
5 days- You will be traveling by vessel on days 1 and 5 with 3 days of diving in between.
Up to 16 people per trip
This experience is only for booked participants.
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What to Wear:
It is recommended to bring appropriate diving gear- wetsuit, booties, hood, and gloves. Bring additional clothing for the 5 days as well as towels, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen to provide protection from the sun.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings 4 months in advance.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, you may exchange or cancel your booked experience outside of 120 days of your booked date. Trips canceled due to weather will result in a credit good for 2 years on a return trip.
Is shark diving safe?
To date this expedition has enjoyed a 100% operational record at every shark site it has operated in. This excellent record of shark interaction is a result of respect for the sharks and following careful safety protocol.
Do I need qualifications to dive?
Other than being reasonably physically fit, you do not have to be an expert diver to cage dive at the Isla Guadalupe white shark dive site. It is strongly suggested that non divers take an "intro to diving" class at your local dive shop prior to arriving at the Great White Shark dive site.
Do you have Bio-Sphere permits?
This expedition operates under Mexican operations permits issued by CONANP and other agencies. It has 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.
Do the sharks ever attack the cage?
As a general rule no, they do not. The sharks are not enticed to the cages, but you can expect very close passes within 12 inches at times.
How big are the sharks?
Isla Guadalupe Great Whites are primarily transitional sub adults, 12-16 feet in length. Later in the season it is possible to encounter sharks upwards of 18 feet. 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.
Is cage diving always possible?
On occasions adverse weather may prevent safe cage diving operations. Your experienced dive operations managers will make the decision on whether your safety is at risk. They may move the boat to a better location or even cancel the trip and reschedule as soon as the weather improves. Safety is always the first priority. This trip has only been canceled once due to late season storms, and all the divers got to make a return trip.
Is there a Shark Guarantee?
Yes. This trip only runs during peak seasons and takes place in some of the word's most productive and pristine shark sites. All expeditions have a full and complete guarantee to back them up. If an expedition is canceled due to weather or sharks are not delivered you will have a full two years to make your return expedition with the option of gifting it to someone else if you choose.
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