The infamous great white sharks are truly unbelievable, and one of nature’s greatest kept secrets.
We believe in natural interaction and use the absolute minimum amount of chum. Our submersible cages with open top decks descend down to where the sharks naturally congregate which results in more sharks, more interaction and unforgettable up close encounters.
There are 3 places in the world where you can see Great White sharks - Africa, Australia and Mexico. A unique photography experience for divers as well as non divers !
Diving with great white sharks and going face-to-face with them at 30 feet is an unforgettable experience but also very different than most people imagine. We believe in natural interaction and instead of using oil and blood and chum at the surface, we use submersible cages with open top decks to descend down to where the sharks naturally congregate. Natural interaction results in more sharks, more interaction and unforgettable up close encounters.
We travel to an island called Guadalupe on the Pacific side, close to Ensenada (Mexico). At least 100 Great Whites visit a particular bay at this island during shark season and we have special permission from the government to anchor there, offering virtually unlimited diving with the sharks in generally calm sea conditions, 25 - 40 metre visibility in very blue water, and water temperatures of 21 - 22 degrees.
For your safety, all diving is done using a hookah system - otherwise known as surface supplied air - and our custom designed double decker cages. These cages are designed to provide maximum protection for you AND for our sharks. It is vitally important that the sharks are never affected or injured during their interaction with us.
Mexican park regulations require that you stay within the cages at all times including keeping your arms, hands and cameras inside. Feeding the sharks and the use of camera strobes and lights is strictly prohibited.
You will be accompanied by one of our divemasters on all dives for your safety and to increase your chances of shark sightings.
For your additional safety, each cage is equipped with backup sets of scuba gear for each diver in the exceptionally unlikely event of a problem with the hookah system. The cages are normally entered and exited through an upper hatch but there is also an emergency escape hatch painted red if needed. This hatch must remain closed during normal operations.
July and August features rowdy gangs of male sharks acting just like groups of teenage boys! Female great whites start showing up in September. October and November features the enormous 18 foot dominant females affectionately known as "Big Momma's". Over 171 individual great whites have been identified in the bay that we dive in.
We believe we should be in the water with these sharks, not sitting at the surface peering down into the depths and hoping for a "swim-by
Your trip boards in the evening of the first night. You will meet the group and a crew member at the Ramada Hotel in San Diego and be transferred to the boat by highway coach. Evening departure and overnight run to Guadalupe Island. The Nautilus Explorer is a heavy, steel, stabalized ship and the downhill run in open ocean should be quite comfortable.
The boat will arrive to Guadalupe at about dinner time. Cages will go in to the water with the first dives available the following day at 7AM.At sea.
Cages open at 7AM and remain open until dinner time.
Cages open at 7AM and remain open until dinner time.
The last dive day unfortunately. This is your last chance to beat the record of 31.5 hours of cage time over 3 dive days!!
Cages open at 7AM and remain open until dinner time when they will be taken out of the water and the boat will make its overnight run back to Ensenada.
You arrive into port at about 1PM, have your bags loaded on the highway coach and depart for San Diego. Arrival into San Diego is about 6PM.
If you plan to fly home that evening, we suggest no flights are booked before 8:30PM just in case there are any border delays.
The Nautilus was custom designed for (25) divers to the highest possible level of comfort and safety with a layout that utilizes every square foot of available space.
The crew takes exceptional pride in keeping the boat spotlessly clean and running smoothly.
The vessel is carefully designed to be very safe with heavy, strong steel construction and extensive soundproofing.
A water level platform aft of the dive deck provides easy entry into dive skiffs, kayaks and Laser sailboat.
Offering fresh cuisine is one of the cornerstones of our business. Soups are homemade; Bread, pastries and deserts are baked onboard and there is always lots to eat with up to 4 meals a day, a choice of entrees and plenty of snacks (including some that aren't good for you!). We offer a mix of both buffet and table service with a menu that combines North American and European tastes and also a touch of Mexico.
Having a chef and 2 hostesses means that we can take excellent care of our guests. Most special dietary requests can be cheerfully accommodated with advance notice (including "quasi-kosher"). hostesses means that we can take excellent care of our guests. Most special dietary requests can be cheerfully accommodated with advance notice (including "quasi-kosher").
For more detailed information on cabins and specfications of the vessel please click here.
Weekly departures from July until November.
Prices from USD 3,095
Availability upon request
Prices are quoted in USD and do not include a USD 65 per person port fee payable cash on board.
Prices do not include 5% of Mexican VAT
Gift Shop purchases • Bar Tab • Gear Rentals • Crew Gratuities are never required but always greatly appreciated if you think the service is deserving, commonly 10% of trip price.
Please send any rental requests for snorkel and dive gear.
Such beauty is overwhelming and a dream come true
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