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Dive with Great White Sharks

Isla Guadalupe, Mexico

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Dive with Great White Sharks in a cage at Isla Guadalupe for a once-in-a-lifetime adrenaline rush!

  • Featured on Discovery Channel's "Shark Week", Animal Planet and the Wall Street Journal
  • Spend 5 days surrounded by nature's ultimate predator, cage diving off the coast of Mexico's Isla Guadalupe's newly formed "Bio-Sphere Reserve"
  • Vessels are outfitted with the industry's largest shark cages, great accommodations, excellent food service, and experienced shark crews
  • No dive experience necessary!

Departs from San Diego for Isla Guadalupe, Mexico

August through November: 
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    Essential Information
    • Meet in San Diego and all divers take the Shark Express shuttle, to the boat in Ensenada (only 1-1.5 hour ride.)
    • Three full days of surface or submersible cage diving, which means 12+ (45 min) rotations in the cages
    • 105-foot vessel with rocking stabilizers
    • Valid passport required
    • It is mandatory to get medical evacuation insurance prior to the trip
    • Premier staterooms with windows or portholes
    • Private bathrooms, showers, and storage in each room
    • Fresh baked/cooked meals and stocked bar
    • Prior dive experience is not required
    • Free beer and wine (limited), dive equipment usage, memorable video compilation of your dive week, and MCSI Shark Photo ID book, WiFi available, and there is a hot tub on board
    • Discounted GoPro camera rental
    • Taxes, park fees, and equipment rental fees are included in the price
    • MCSI researcher and/or Shark Diver's owner on board with your group to share shark knowledge
    • Guaranteed great white shark sighting!
    5 days - You will be traveling by vessel on days 1 and 5 with 3 days of diving in between.
    Experience Provider Info
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    Maximum Participants
    There will be a maximum of 19 divers per trip.
    This experience is only for booked participants.
    Weather Dependent
    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 day trip as well as towels, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
    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 white shark dive site.
    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.
    What time do we return on day 5?

    You will return on the 5th day between 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, however, we encourage you to fly out the next day in case the boat encounters inclement weather and returns later than scheduled.

    Can I get the Friends & Family Room, Double Room or Rosario Suite by myself?

    Yes you can, however there is limited availability for single occupancy rooms. Please contact Virgin Experience Gifts for pricing. 

    What's the minimum age?

    The minimum age a diver can be is as young as 7 to 9 years as long as the guardian and child are comfortable. The minimum age to come on board alone is 18 years old. 

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days.  All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

    Cancellation Policy

    Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation all bookings are final. No refunds are allowed once you have scheduled a date. If you need to reschedule, you have up until 90 days prior to your reservation to make changes, but you will have to reschedule to a new date that same year or the following year. Once you are within 90 days of the event, you are then locked into that date and time and no changes can be made.

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