Great White Sharks
Departing from Cruiseport Marina in Ensenada, Mexico, Solmar V pioneered luxury live-aboard cage diving to Guadalupe Island starting in 2005. We provide our guests with a safe and secure environment to meet the apex predator of the sea – the Great White Shark.
Located in the Pacific Ocean approximately 165 miles west of Ensenada, Mexico, Guadalupe Island has become the world’s best location for viewing, photography and video of great white sharks. The visibility is often more than 100’ and the water temperature averages between 65F-70F. This is cage diving at its most exciting and, because you will be using surface supplied air (hookah) instead of scuba tanks, this adventure is open to both divers and non-divers alike. These 5 day trips are shorter than our other diving excursions so they are perfect for a great mini-vacation.
We operate two 4-person cages using a proprietary swivel system which hooks to our swim platform making it very easy and safe to get in and out of our cages even in rough weather. We also pioneered submersible cages at Guadalupe and operate a 3-person submersible cage to 30 feet. Having only 20 passengers and three cages enables us to rotate 10 guests in and out every hour all day long. We have thought about adding more cages but decided we did not want a “circus” feel when meeting great whites on their own turf.
The Solmar V starts the Guadalupe season at the beginning of August and runs through October. Our trips are all 4 nights/5days with 3 full days of cage diving. Clients are picked up on day one at 10 a.m. at the Hampton Inn, San Diego close to the airport and escorted safely down in an air-conditioned luxury coach to Ensenada, Mexico. It’s actually a beautiful, scenic drive down the coast once you get past all the Tijuana border traffic. This is about a 1 1/2 hour drive, departing Cruiseport Marina at approximately 12 noon. It’s an eighteen hour crossing putting us at the island early morning of day 2. We start operations immediately and day 2, 3 and 4 are spent cage diving with great whites. At the end of day 4 we wrap up and start back to port arriving by noon on day 5. The luxury coach is waiting to drive our clients back to San Diego that afternoon. However, because the border crossing at Tijuana can take time, we advise our clients not to book any return flights until late that evening or the next day.
Besides the unmatched service and knowledge that distinguishes us from other operators, we are the only boat with the special permits in line that allows us to take you on panga rides along the shoreline to observe the Guadalupe elephant seals.