Guadalupe Island

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 Scuba Diving in Guadalupe Island, Mexico

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Guadalupe Diving Highlights

Guadalupe Island, or Isla Guadalupe, is a volcanic island located off the west coast of Baja Califonia in Mexico, known to scuba divers to offer as the best destination for cage diving with great white sharks. Boasting great visibility this protected marine area outperforms both Australia and South Africa for shark sightings, making it one of the best dive destinations in Mexico.  Liveaboard diving is the norm in Guadalupe, and there is a good number of mid-range to luxury liveaboards available in the area from the months of August to October. 



Dive Overview

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It's all about diving with the Great White Sharks here in Guadalupe! You can enjoy some of the world's best encounters with these amazing creatures from the safety of a cage.  

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Diving Information 

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Guadalupe ISLAND 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 on land or occasionally in the water.  


Diving Conditions

  • Water temperature: Around 70 - 75 degrees; we'd recommend a 5 - 7mm full wetsuit
  • Visibility: 100-150 ft
  • Currents: Mild



Dive Sites

There are no dive sites at Guadalupe Island. Operators lower the cages into the water at different spots around the island based on the conditions of the day and the patterns of Great White Shark sightings at the time. With this system, many liveaboard operators can guarantee you an encounter with a Great White Shark.


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Travel Information 

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How to Get to & How to Dive Guadalupe

Guadalupe is an uninhabited island. The only option to dive there is via liveaboard. These Liveaboards depart from San Diego, California, USA and Ensenada, Mexico in Baja California and they usually run 5-day expeditions with 3 days of diving.  



Guadalupe Island is accessible via liveaboards from August to October, when the ocean is calmest. August and September feature the best conditions, while you can expect more rain in October. In general, there are 3 "seasons" within the Guadalupe season. August to mid-September hosts numerous younger male sharks looking to interact with any females arriving early to the area. They are often rambunctious and crowd the cages. Late September through October, the larger, more seasoned male sharks come to the area. They will be more calculating in their movements, and be up to 17 feet in length. October through late November boasts the biggest sharks. The aged females and males dominate the area, and the smaller males are scared off. While weather can get rainier or rougher in October and on through the season, you also get bigger male and female sharks later in the season for the serious breeding period! The infamous large females come into the are during this period.


Topside & Non-Diving Activities

Reaching the island must be done via liveaboard.  Due to this, you 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.


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Liveaboard availability

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Please contact us for the latest availability of the following boats: MY Cassiopeia and Horizon Charters.


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Practical Information

  • Currency: Mexican Peso
  • Language: Spanish but most people today learn English as a second language
  • Main Airport Code: SAN
  • Time Zone: UTC-7
  • Electricity: 127 V 60 Hz

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Reviews (2)

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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


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