Adventure Quest X
Guadalupe Island is the world’s top destination for Great White Shark encounters, outperforming both South Africa and Australia in frequency and quality of sightings. Located in the Pacific Ocean (about 250 miles southwest of Ensenada, Mexico), this small volcanic island is bathed by oceanic currents supporting diverse and plentiful marine life. A recent count in the bay adjacent to Guadalupe (where our expedition is staged) has revealed at least 108 resident white sharks, as well as many other coastal species including Garibaldi, parrotfish, triggerfish, butterflyfish, lobster, and various invertebrate reef creatures. Pelagic animals also abound pilot whales, Cuvier's beaked whales, oceanic whitetip sharks, and bluefin and yellowfin tuna. Due to its position between temperate and subtropical ecozones, Guadalupe is home to over 150 native species and at least 30 endemic species.
The climate of Guadalupe Island tends to be warm and dry, with the majority of precipitation falling during the winter months. Water visibility is generally exceptional, offering great opportunities for photography.
Great White Shark Diving
The best way to observe white sharks is to descend into their world and interact with them in a natural way and on their own terms. We use comfortable double decker surface cages to safely view the sharks. For the more adventurous, there is also the opportunity (conditions permitting) to get out from behind the bars on the upper deck, leaving only a single handrail between you and these incredible apex predators! Highly experienced dive masters in the submersible cages are always there to both “critter point” and ensure your safety. You will have 4 cages at varying depths to choose from, ensuring the opportunity to see lots of “whiteys” up close and very personal.
The Nautilus Explorer
Recently constructed, the 116′ Nautilus Explorer was custom designed with divers in mind. With a layout that utilizes every square foot of available space and extensive soundproofing, the Explorer provides the highest possible level of comfort. Additionally, the crew takes exceptional pride in keeping the boat spotlessly clean and running smoothly. The Nautilus Explorer is certified to the same exacting international SOLAS and ISM standards as the largest cruise ship, with the intimacy of a smaller vessel. The Nautilus Explorer is also designed to be very safe with heavy, strong steel construction. The vessel’s hullform, passive stability system, and bulbous bow provides for a remarkably easy ride, while heavy-duty commercial grade systems ensure a smoothly run voyage.
The Upper Sun Deck
The Upper Sun Deck provides plenty of space to relax, view the scenery, read a book or chat with new friends.
The first morning after arrival, you will have a warm-up dive to get acquainted with your equipment. After that, you are welcome to get wet at any time! Surface cages are supplied with air via a “hookah” system (for safety, backup dive gear is also supplied in each cage), and are available anytime between 6:30 AM until 6:30 PM (5 PM on Day 3). Submersible cages are also available for ½ hour dives from 8 AM until 4 PM each day. If you are a certified diver, you will have the opportunity to make up to 3 submersible cage dives per day. Although the first morning of every trip tends to be quite busy, overall the diving opportunities are fairly unlimited and everyone will get ample time in the cages.
We are in the process of planning our next white shark expedition to Guadalupe! If you’re interested in this expedition and would like more details, please contact us.