Guadalupe Island has become one of the favorite dive spots in the world for great white shark diving. Located 165 miles west of Ensenada Mexico, Guadalupe is the best place for white shark encounters, this dive site is preferred by wildlife photographers and videographers from all around the world.
Visibility is often above 100’ and the water temperature averages between 65F-70F.
All Guadalupe diving trips are 4 nights/5 days with 3 full days of white shark cage diving.
You are picked up on day one at 10 a.m. at the host hotel in San Diego close to the airport and escorted safely down in an air-conditioned luxury coach to Ensenada, Mexico. It’s actually a beautiful, scenic drive down the coast once you get past all the Tijuana border traffic. This is about a 1 1/2-hour drive, departing Cruise port Marina at approximately 12 noon.
It’s an eighteen-hour crossing putting us at the island early morning of day 2.
Shark diving operations then start immediately, day 2, 3 and 4 are spent cage diving with great whites.
At the end of day 4 you’ll wrap up start your trip back to port arriving by noon on day 5.
The luxury coach is waiting to drive you back to San Diego that afternoon. However, because the border crossing at Tijuana can take time, we advise you not to book any return flights until late that evening or the next day.
TRANSFER from San Diego Airport to our Host Hotel in San Diego prior to trip date
COMPLIMENTARY via Courtesy Shuttle from Hampton Inn which operates from 5am to 10pm. If guests arrive outside these times, then they will have to take a taxi to the hotel.
And vice versa for the trip return date
Menus vary and feature a combination of American and Mexican cuisine, using fresh, locally grown ingredients as much as possible. There will be 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.
Aboard the Vortex, worry not about paying for a beer, a glass of wine or even high quality single malt. There is a complimentary high-end bar that includes the best Mexican wines and a wide variety of handcrafted beer provided by Mexico City based Tres Eles and Ensenada based Agua Mala, two of the finest micro breweries in Mexico.
On all live-aboard dive trips, packed clothing should be kept to a minimum as cabin space is usually limited. You will be in your swimsuit most of the trip and shorts and t-shirts are the common dress. Appear at all meals in dry clothes, as all meals are sit-down in the main salon. There can be cooler evenings so one pair of sweat pants, and a Polartec, sweatshirt or sweater is a good idea. Be sure to bring a hat, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen.
Recommended tip amount is 10-15% of the cost of your boat trip. The tips are given to the captain and divided evenly among the crew at the end of your trip. Please tip in person in cash.
Are the rooms nice?
There are three classes of cabin. The Luxury Stateroom is a yacht-like suite located in the lower deck. Independent A/C, private head and shower, a 22” flat screen TV, closet, and two single beds that can turn into one king. Two of the four Luxury Staterooms have two single beds option only.
Junior Suites are located at the bow in the main deck. Each Jr. Suite has a desk, a 40” flat screen TV, larger storage space and bathrooms. Two twin beds can turn into a king size.
The Master Suite is behind the bridge on the upper deck with a panoramic view with one private access from the salon downstairs and one from the outdoor lounge upstairs. Corner desk, sofa, walk in closet, and a big 70” screen TV.
What crew will be on board?
The boat has a permanent crew of 11 that consist of Captain, Engineer, Engineer Assistant, Chef, Steward, Hostess, 2 deckhands and 3 Divemasters (keeping dive groups of 4-5 divers per guide).
Can I stay in San Diego before the trip?
Our host hotel in San Diego is Hampton Inn – Downtown San Diego, where we have pre-negotiated special discounted rates for our liveaboard guests.
Do I need to be SCUBA certified?
Cage diving in Guadalupe with great white sharks is an exciting adventure for everyone — since scuba tanks won’t be used, no diving certification is required.
33% DEPOSIT REQUIRED WITHIN 10 DAYS OF MAKING RESERVATION. FINAL PAYMENT DUE 60 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. CANCELLATION FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
– No penalty if cancelled 9 months before departure.
– 10% of charter rate if cancelled 6 to 9 months before departure.
– 30% of charter rate if cancelled more than 90 days to 6 months before departure.
– 50% of charter rate if cancelled 60 to 90 days before departure.
– No refunds within 60 days of departure.
16% Mexican Tax (IVA) not included. Payment includes all port fees, fuel surcharges and park fees in the price of your trip so you will not be asked to pay for these upon your arrival. You could be asked for a $15 local hyperbaric chamber donation, payable in cash once you board the boat. Tips must be paid in cash. For everything else, all major credit cards are accepted on board.
Boat and diving trip run by Pelagic Fleet.