Dive with Great White Sharks!

Isla Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Sep 17 - 21, 2021
Group size: 13 - 13
Dive with Great White Sharks!
Isla Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico

Blue Planet Scuba
  • Facebook verified
  • Twitter verified
51 reviews

Sep 17 - 21, 2021
Group size: 13 - 13

About this trip

Join Blue Planet on the trip of a lifetime! See great white sharks up close while cage diving from a liveaboard at Guadalupe Island, one of the best spots in the world to see them. This bucket list trip is perfect for both divers and non-divers alike. Don't forget your wide angle lens for this one!

Guadalupe Island

Located 250 miles southwest of Ensenada, Mexico, Isla Guadalupe is a volcanic island that's home to Guadalupe fur seals, elephant seals and white sharks. There are an estimated 170-180 individual sharks that visit Guadalupe Island annually. The visibility is often more than 100’ and the water temperature averages between 65F-70F. Due to all these factors, Guadalupe Island has become one of the world’s best location for diving with great white sharks. 

The Diving

Minimum dive certification/experience: Since this is cage diving with surface supplied air, no scuba certification is required!


Onboard the Solmar V, the crew operates two 4-person cages using a proprietary swivel system which hooks to their swim platform, making it very easy and safe to get in and out of their cages even in rough weather. They have also pioneered submersible cages at Guadalupe Island and operate a 3-person submersible cage to 30 feet.


Having only 20 passengers on board and three cages enables them to rotate 10 guests in and out every hour, all day long making the best experience for white shark diving in Guadalupe and keeping it safe for both the great white sharks and our divers. 

The Solmar V

This will be our third time onboard the Solmar V, a steel hull, 112 foot vessel fitted with classic wood and brass interior. There are 12 well-appointed cabins with air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms: 4 standard staterooms, 6 superior staterooms and 2 single staterooms. 


The veteran crew are like family, welcoming you in the salon and on the dive deck. Each trip has a permanent crew of 10 that consists of captain, engineer, chef, cabin steward, 3 divemasters and 3 pangeros/deckhands. 


And the food is amazing! Menus vary and feature a combination of American and Mexican cuisine, using fresh, locally grown ingredients as much as possible. They offer a variety of cooked-to-order choices for breakfast and you can always count on fresh tropical fruit platters, icy cold fruit juice, yogurt, pastries, an assortment of cereals, teas and fresh-brewed and very strong, Mexican-style coffee. Plus a three-course meal for lunch and dinner plus snacks and afternoon cocktails. All beverages, including beer and wine with your meals, are included. 

Travel

Plan to fly into San Diego on September 16. We'll be picked up on September 17 at 10 a.m. at our host hotel in San Diego close to the airport and escorted safely down in an air-conditioned luxury coach to Ensenada, Mexico. (This is about a 1.5 hour drive, departing Cruiseport Marina at approximately noon.) It’s an eighteen-hour crossing, putting us at the island early morning of day 2. We start shark diving operations immediately; days 2, 3 and 4 are spent cage diving with great whites.


At the end of day 4, we wrap up and start our trip back to port arriving by noon on day 5. The luxury coach will be waiting to drive us back to San Diego that afternoon. However, because the border crossing at Tijuana can take time, avoid booking any return flights until late that evening or the next day. Please contact the shop before booking any flights or hotels.

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a $200 cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 4 nights accommodations
    In a Standard, Superior or Single cabin
  • Cage dives over 3 days
    See itinerary for details
  • All meals and beverages
  • Ground transfers
    From San Diego to the vessel
  • Port fees
  • Park fees
  • 16% Mexican VAT
  • Flights to San Diego
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Tips
    Tips for the boat's excellent crew

Available Packages

Double occupancy, Standard Cabin
only 3 left

Double bed (lower) and single bed (upper) bunk-style, private head and shower, hair dryer, port window, individual climate control and monitor with media player. 

$3823
Deposit: $1000
Double occupancy, Superior Cabin
5 left

Full-sized beds (upper and lower) and two single beds (upper and lower) bunk-style, private bathroom, hair dryer, window, individual climate control and monitor with media player. 

$3939
Deposit: $1000
Single Occupancy, Single Cabin
Sold Out

The boat has two Single cabins in the bow, each with a single bed plus private bathroom with shower, hair dryer, individual climate control, pillow-top mattress, non-allergenic down alternative pillows and comforters and monitor with media player.  

$4055
Deposit: $1000


Itinerary

Friday
Transfer to the Solmar V

Be at the host hotel in San Diego by 10 AM to catch the private transfer to Ensenada, Mexico. This is about a 1.5-hour drive, departing Cruiseport Marina at approximately 12 noon. It’s an eighteen-hour crossing putting us at the island early on Saturday morning.

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Reviews

Amazing diving albeit chilly at times as expected. Guides knew exactly where to go and were extremely adept at spotting wildlife. Service was wonderful and organization was impeccable. Definitely a successful bucket-list dive trip. We’d highly recommend it to any keen and experienced divers.
By Martin W for Explore the Galapagos on 27 Mar, 2021
Thank you so much for the review, Martin! We are so glad you enjoyed the trip and decided to check this one off your bucket-list with us. We hope to see you underwater again sometime soon!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Mar, 2021
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An absolutely amazing archipelago like no other in the world, both top side and under water. Words and pictures will never do justice to this incredible bucket list destination. Heather and Jonas were fantastic leaders; caring, knowldegeable, always up beat, always thinking ahead, always putting the guests priorities ahead of their own...could not ask for more. Aggressor personnel were top notch. Overall an incredible experience from A to Z.
By David E for Explore the Galapagos on 23 Mar, 2021
We are so happy you enjoyed the trip, David! On top of all of the incredible marine life we were able to see, it was fantastic to learn more about the islands' volcanic origins from you. We feel incredibly lucky that you joined us! :-) We can't wait to dive with you again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Mar, 2021
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This is my third Blue Planet trip, and I look forward to many more. Traveling during Covid involves changing restrictions and requirements- Blue Planet kept us updated and helped us manage our anxiety. The resort and dive operator were incredible. This is a regular feature of Blue Planet trips.
By Andy M for St Lucia! February 2021 on 01 Mar, 2021
Thank you, Andy! We're thrilled you enjoyed the trip despite the challenges getting there. We can't wait until our next trip together!!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 01 Mar, 2021
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COVID-safe responsible travel is now possible and quite enjoyable! Blue Planet guided us through the enhanced testing, paperwork, and travel restrictions that protect both travelers and hosts, allowing us to support island communities and dive spectacular reefs. I have been reluctant to travel since March 2020 but as we all enter the “new normal” of covid and economic recovery, I am pleased to experience and highly recommend *responsible travel done safely* with Blue Planet.
By Heidi K for St Lucia! February 2021 on 22 Feb, 2021
We are so happy you could join us, Heidi! We are thrilled that everyone felt safe and enjoyed the trip. We're looking forward to many more dive adventures with you in the future!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 23 Feb, 2021
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Well organized, including from a CV19 safety perspective. Fun! I wasn't getting certified, but we had loads of wonderful dives. Turtles, Sharks, Scorpion Fish, all the tropicals, a wreck. It was wonderful to be diving again and have such splendid camaraderie after so many months of being dry at home. Plus, the Cenotes were breathtaking.
By Ren G for Certification Weekend in Mexico on 29 Jan, 2021
Hi Ren! We are so glad you had a wonderful time. It is always a pleasure to have you join us on trips. We are also incredibly happy that you felt safe and were very comfortable with our Covid-19 safety protocols. We hope to see you underwater again soon!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 30 Jan, 2021
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