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Guadalupe Island offers world class great white shark tours, shark diving, and cage diving, and if you live in California you can see them in person from San Diego – direct on America’s Shark Boat. Book your Guadalupe Island cage diving adventure today!
Great White Shark Tours At Guadalupe Island
Guadalupe island is a volcanic island about 250 miles southwest of Ensenada, at Baja California. You’ll leave on a shark boat from San Diego for roughly 24 hours crossing on a 5 day live-aboard shark cage diving experience at Guadalupe Island. America’s Shark Boat guarantees sharks here or you get a free trip back, we’re the ONLY cage diving vessel at Guadalupe Island to offer this!
Guadalupe Island Details
The southern part of Guadalupe Island is barren, but there are fertile plateaus and trees in the northern part. The coast generally consists of rocky bluffs with detached rocks fronting some of them. There are also some islets off the coast of Guadalupe Island, such as Islote Afuera and Islote Adentro. Shark Cage diving at Guadalupe Island is done at Point Norte and Shark Bay.
Guadalupe Island Climate Year Round
The island has two major climate zones: a very arid, semi-hot climate between 0–800 m (0–2,625 ft) elevation, with mean annual temperature between 18–22 °C (64–72 °F) and a very arid, temperate climate above 800 m (2,600 ft) elevation with temperatures over 22 °C (72 °F) in the hottest month of the year. The weather station is at a low elevation, and temperatures may be more than ten degrees Fahrenheit colder at the higher elevations of the island. Most precipitation occurs over the winter months with strong influence of northwestern winds and cyclones. Rainfall averages 133 mm (5.2 in) near sea level at the south end but appears to be much more at the higher northern end.
Guadalupe Island Ecosystem
Guadalupe Island shares the California chaparral and woodlands ecoregion with the Channel Islands of California in the United States, but the island was at one time practically denuded of all plants higher than a few centimeters by up to 100,000 feral goats. The goats have continued to be a problem, and their destruction of vegetation has caused desertification on the island. In more recent years, much of this has been prevented with goat fence installation, and the island is recovering.
The goat population was completely eradicated by 2007 due to the activities of a Group for Ecology and Island Conservation NGO, and the vegetation has started to recover. Measures have also been taken to control the populations of wild cats and dogs, which has been of benefit to the island’s birds.
Many island or marine species that reside on or near Guadalupe also frequent the Channel Islands, and vice versa. In stark contrast to the rampant extinction of terrestrial life that happened at the same time, Guadalupe has been the last refuge for the northern elephant seal and the Guadalupe fur seal since the 1890s. The island has been a pinniped sanctuary since 1975, creating a large pinniped population – therefore, Guadalupe is now one of the best spots in the world for sightings of the great white shark.