Guadalupe in a Nutshell

Boasting the best great white diving in the world, Guadalupe Isle has clear water and reliable shark sightings. This small island outperforms both Australia and South Africa in shark-sightings.





With 100-150 ft visibility, it's one of the best places in the world to see Great Whites and all their glory. Water temperatures are around 70 - 75 degrees. We'd recommend a 5 - 7mm full wetsuit.  August - October is peak shark sighting season.


Marine LIfe


Great Whites, Great Whites, and more Great Whites!  In summation, this is why you dive Guadalupe.  Local elephant seals, sea lions, and Guadalupe fur seals can be seen onland or occasionally in the water.



Topside Activities

Reaching the island must be done via liveaboard.  Due to this, your are subjected to whatever entertainment your host organization provides.  Most supply endless amounts of films, information regarding great whites, etc so fear not - you'll always be doing or learning something... unless you don't want to of course - then just bring a nice book.


Reviews (2)

  • Reviewer
Los Angeles, CA
United States

We visited Guadalupe in November 2013 and we are about to head back, three years later, to repeat the awesome experience.

This is an easy trip in many ways – less gear to pack than for a full dive trip, and the transfers are made super easy every step of the way. It is never cheap, but there is a pretty much 100% chance of seeing multiple great whites – better than any other cage diving destination. The boat journey out and back is long, but there is a good chance of seeing whales, dolphins and other marine life along the way. We experienced pods of pilot whales and were also involved in extracting some ghost nets from the water. Just take a book, sleep, watch movies or enjoy the company of your fellow travelers and you find you are soon pulling into the bay where the adventures await.

The crews work hard to draw in the sharks and bring them as close as possible to the cages for a really thrilling experience. It was when a large shark side-swiped my cage that I began to feel the power of these impressive animals – the repeated close passes really make the experience memorable. We found plenty of opportunity to spend masses of time in the water and, on our trip at least, never entered the cage without seeing at least one shark.

Booking through Bluewater is a breeze – they are now our go to agent for private as well as group trips, always getting a far better price than we can find ourselves and drawing on their tremendous experience to offer the very best advice every step of the way. It’s always fun going with a Bluewater group and we can’t wait to get back to Guadalupe with them soon.

Visited on 11/2013 - Submitted on 08/02/2016

One word - unbelievable! I joined 15 other passengers for a five day trip to Guadalupe to get close and personal with Great Whites. Mission Accomplished.
This was a trip on the Horizon. Great boat, great crew, great food, well planned.
The good: Excellent clear blue water made for great photo ops; The crew worked non stop to bring the sharks right up to the cages by working the lines with tuna heads. If folks were in the cages, crew was working the lines. This made all the difference in bringing the sharks in to point blank range; The trip included all gear needed, including near new wetsuits, DUI weight harnesses, and masks if needed. The crew kept all gear organized and helped with donning; Originating in San Diego meant minimum luggage handling; Food: fresh fish including sushi every day in addition to steak and other meals all well prepared; A great informative lecture about the sharks was given by a local biologist. The group included ~5 non divers, all of which were given personal assistance and made comfortable in the water; Given 16 passengers on a boat that holds much more, there was plenty of room.
The not-so good: It's a 28 hour cruise to the destination. But boarding and leaving the night before helps. I don't think the boats originating out of Ensenada will save much time; Cost - it is an expensive trip. But I think the overall value was there.

Visited on 09/2014 - Submitted on 10/24/2014