Dive when you want. For as long as you want. With virtually unlimited dive time in our surface cages and at least 3 dives a day in our submersible deep dive cages, descending down to where the sharks naturally congregate. We give you more sharks, more interaction, and unforgettable up close encounters.
Face-to-Face with the Great White Sharks
OF GUADALUPE ISLAND
Guadalupe Great White Sharks
Guadalupe Island in Mexico is the top destination for great white shark encounters. This small volcanic island, located in the Pacific 240 kilometres (150 miles) off the west coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, outperforms both South Africa and Australia with shark-seeing consistency and conditions.
Only Guadalupe Island can boast shark viewing in beautiful clear blue water with 100 – 150 foot visibility. We have identified 322 unique great white sharks in the bay where we stage our submersible shark cage diving operations, which guarantees unforgettable encounters.
Diving With Great Whites
We offer a rich and natural shark encounter experience on these trips by descending down to 30 feet where great white sharks naturally spend their time. We don’t need to use chum at depth; the sharks are already there. We have seen up to nine great whites at once circling the cages.
Without chum these great whites are more relaxed, exhibit much more curiosity, and come in much closer to the cages. It is an unforgettable rush when a great white looks at you from 50 feet away and then swims over for a closer look. We see great whites on three out of four dives.
Is shark cage diving at Guadalupe Island Safe ?
Yes! For your safety, all diving is done using a hookah system – otherwise known as surface supplied air – and our custom designed 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. Please do not pollute the beautiful clear blue waters of Guadalupe with suntan lotion or any other contaminants.
You will be accompanied by one of our divemasters on all dives for your safety and to increase your chances of shark sightings. You should be ready and dressed in your wetsuit 10 minutes before your scheduled cage time. We recommend DUI weight harnesses and approximately 40 lbs of lead depending on your weight and type of wetsuit. Please see any of our divemasters for assistance. Note that a 5 – 7 mm wetsuit is usually adequate to keep you warm but we do have hoods, hooded vests and extra gloves available for loan if needed.
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.
Guadalupe Featured Trips
Why dive Guadalupe Island with Nautilus ?
VIRTUALLY UNLIMITED DIVING
Virtually unlimited diving in our surface cages. It is very rare not to get as much time as you want in the water with the sharks.
Certified divers have the option of at least 3 dives a day in our submersible cages.
Part of your trip will be in “Shredder,” our own luxury custom Volvo coach, cutting your ocean crossing time to the bare minimum.
We have your comfort covered with hot tubs, ensuite staterooms and suites and high capacity water makers so that you can shower as often and as long as you like.
LONGEST TIME ON-STATION
3 full days on station so that you see the greatest number of sharks. “Just say no” to trips that pack up and leave at noon on the 3rd day of diving!
18 years ago we became the first and only dive operator to gain ISM safety management system certification. We never take your safety for granted.
Guadalupe Island Itinerary
DAY ONE - Boarding Night
Welcome aboard! Your Guadalupe Island Great White shark diving adventure starts now! Our priority tonight is to get you out to Guadalupe Island with the shortest and most comfortable crossing possible. Our heavily built…Read more >
stabilized ships help make for a good crossing. We base our ships out of Ensenada, Mexico to shorten your crossing time by 10 hours compared to our old departure port of San Diego, California. All you have to do is meet us at either our San Diego Dive Center, or in Tijuana, and we will whisk you to Ensenada in 2.5 hours in “Shredder,” our customized Volvo luxury coach (we feel sad about Shredder, one of our favourite and very charismatic great white sharks who we have not seen for several years now).
Our crew will be waiting for you on the dock in Ensenada with big smiles and trays of sparkling wine to welcome you aboard and help get you settled before getting underway. < Read less
DAY TWO - At Sea
Today is a day of travel and relaxation at sea. There will be an orientation briefing on offer in the morning, followed by a mandatory boat and fire safety drill. Our famous Shark 101 presentation is in the afternoon, followed by a chance to try out… Read more >
a shark cage on the back deck, and then cocktails at 1900 (7pm if we were shoreside or 6 bells in the marine tradition). Many guests will have likely signed up for WiFi email access and can be seen sending WhatsApp photos of Guadalupe Island as it appears on the horizon! We like to arrive at the island in the early evening so that our guests can enjoy dinner in a nice, calm, protected anchorage and have a peaceful snooze before the excitement of diving with our big toothy friends first thing the next morning. < Read less
DAY THREE - Let the Sharking Begin!
We have a very simple theory on how a shark trip should run. Open the cages at dawn. Close the cages at dusk. Have divemasters in the water and on the dive deck, enhancing the diving experience for our guests. Have enough cages in the water… Read more >
to provide virtually unlimited diving in our surface cages and least 3 dives a day in our submersible cages for certified divers.
We will get Shark ID going in the late afternoon, followed by cocktail hour at 6 bells. But wait! Your day won’t be over until you join the crew for our wildly popular “street taco night” dinner on the top deck. < Read less
DAY FOUR - Rinse and Repeat
Cages open at dawn, and you can choose to start as early or late as you like. One of the beautiful things about the way we run our trips is that you can almost always jump into a surface cage whenever you want, and you can stay in as long as you want… Read more >
The boat record currently stands at 31.5 hours in the cages over 3 days! We run a schedule of 3 dives a day for certified divers in our submersible deep diving cages and there is often an opportunity to grab an extra dive or two in these cages as well. Our goal is simple – we want you to get in as much diving as you want!
Don’t forget that you can warm up in the hot tub between dives. Our watermakers produce enough water for you to shower in your private ensuite cabin whenever you like. The only difference between showering and the hot tub is that we feel more comfortable serving drinks and snacks to you when you are in the hot tub!
As long as it’s not too windy, this night will feature “theatre under the stars” on the top deck. Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is a perennial favourite and is always made more special knowing that great whites are still swimming close by. Is this a 5 star experience? NO. When you see the Mexican sky at night from the comfort of a deck chair on the upper deck, you will realize this experience has more stars than you could ever count! < Read less
DAY FIVE - Oh no!
It’s our last day of shark diving and we intend to give you every possible minute on station at Guadalupe Island. Our competitors get underway at noon. Are you kidding? You will be able to shark until 1700 before we pack up and head north.
Filet Mignon barbecued to order will be on the menu…Read more >
for dinner, with special dietary options always available, followed by another entertaining Shark ID session. Our Shark ID program provides incredibly valuable information to the scientists that we work with. We have helped identify some of the 322 individual great white sharks so far and we are still counting. Research, conservation and regulation all depend on ongoing census and identification work. Your trip onboard matters. Not just because part of every trip fee goes to support science and conservation, but because Shark ID is a “must do” if we truly care for and love these sharks. New in 2018 is our bespoke onboard shark ID software which uploads data real time via our satellite system to a public domain shark ID database. < Read less
DAY SIX - Return to Port
Your time onboard will sadly come to a close when we arrive in port at 1:30pm. Our crew will have put together a DVD of trip highlights and we will ensure you get a copy before you disembark. “Shredder” will be waiting to transport some guests to either Tijuana or San Diego, while other guests may be extending their trip with us into the Sea of Cortés… Read more >
with a 5 night stay on our luxury yacht at Cabo Pulmo Marine Park or visiting Bahía de los Ángeles with an amazing aggregation of 85 – 220 whale sharks every season.
Sad good-byes from us to you, but we hope to see you again very soon. Diving with great white sharks is an amazing and powerful experience but we don’t call it “the experience of a lifetime” because so many guests keep coming back for more! Some of our guests have done this trip 6, 10, 15, and even 17 times. We started by offering 2 shark trips one September many years ago. In 2018 we had 72 trips on offer with 1,800 guests joining us. There is a reason these trips are so popular!
Don’t forget! Dive safe. Always dive with your Nautilus LifeLine Marine Rescue GPS. < Read less
Meet in San Diego, sail from Ensenada. Slice 8 hours off your ocean transit time by jumping aboard “Shredder”!*
*90 minute coach transfer plus border clearance