Guadalupe Island History

Guadalupe Island is more than just great white shark diving. Its remote location in the Pacific has made it a unique biological laboratory for wildlife and history. The island has been visited by over 100 scientific expeditions since 1850. In 2000 the MV Horizon was the first vessel to cage dive with great white sharks at this location and we have been fascinated by it ever since.

Here are some incredible facts about the island that you probably didn’t know, but we took the time to uncover, in unlikely places like the U.C Berkeley Archives and Archivo General de la Nación. Over all the decades of writing and of research expeditions to Guadalupe there are no mentions great white sharks at the island, which we found odd, as seal hunting occurred for over 200 years and was practiced from small boats from June through February in an area called Pointe Norte, also known as the modern white shark cage diving location at Guadalupe Island. Enjoy!