Shark Cage Diving at Guadalupe Island Facts
Divers from around the globe come to the remote island of Guadalupe Island for one reason, diving with Great White Sharks. All of the cage diving with great white sharks here takes place within the confines of a cage by order of the Mexican government. Liveaboards running shark tours to Guadalupe Island must have all necessary permits, but back in 2000 when America’s Shark Boat first discovered Guadalupe Island it was a different story.
It’s important to note that both certified divers and non-divers can participate in Great White Shark diving at Guadalupe Island. Non-divers must use a hookah system and stay in a cage at the surface.
When to Go Cage Diving at Guadalupe Island
August to November is Guadalupe shark diving season. During these months water temperatures average 66°F to 75°F. These temperatures attract the Great White Sharks making this the best time to dive in Guadalupe. The shark cage diving season is broken into two seasons, early season males arrive en mass from August through October, while the giant females arrive late during a period we call The Time of the Titans.
The weather at this time transitions from hot and humid in August and September to cooler with a bit of rain in October and November. Interested in cage diving with Great White Sharks at Guadalupe Island? Book your diving liveaboard cage diving with us between August and November and we will guarantee sharks or you get a free trip back!.
There are no set shark cage diving sites at Guadalupe Island. We decide where to put the cages in the water based on the conditions of the day and the patterns of Great White Shark sightings at the time. Based on this system, many liveaboard operators even guarantee that you’ll come face-to-face with a Great White Shark. Most of the sites chosen by liveaboard dive masters are within a couple miles of Guadalupe Island. However, you can expect to be diving in the blue, meaning there is no visible land beneath or beside you. On some dives, you’ll have the option to emerge from the top of the cage, giving you an unbarred view of a magnificent Great White Shark.
Guadalupe Island Biosphere Reserve Status
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