Do I need to be scuba certified?
You do not need to have a scuba certification to get in the service cages. There is a submersible cage that goes down about 40 feet. If you plan to be in that one, you'll need to bring your scuba certification card.
Is it dangerous?
Although movies like Jaws, 47 Meters Down, and Open Water 3 have made great white cage diving seem quite dangerous, the reality is that hundreds of divers a year dive without incident.
There is always an inherent danger anytime you fly, get in a boat, or get into the water. But no one I know has ever felt fearful or that they were in any kind of danger while cage diving. Plus, our boat's crew diligently follows all safety regulations, and the equipment is regularly safety inspected.
What if I don’t have all the money right now?
You only need 30% of the money as a deposit. Another 20% will be due six months before we leave, and the last 50% is due three months later.
Will my cell phone work?
If you have an international phone plan, you can use your phone up to a certain distance from shore. Once past that point, plan to be completely out of touch for five days. (In an emergency, the boat does have a satellite phone, but will cost you about $5 per minute.)
How many sharks will I see?
Sharks are wild animals and this isn’t a zoo, so I can't guarantee that you will see sharks. However, Isla Guadalupe is considered one of the world's best spots to see great whites. And you'll be there for three days at the height of Isla Guadalupe's great white season. On an average trip, we usually see between ten and 30 individuals. Sometimes two, three, or even seven are visible at one time!
How big are the sharks?
While young great whites may be "just" nine or ten feet long, we regularly see large males that are 14 to 15 feet, and large females that are 15 to 17 feet! Isla Guadalupe is also the location where Deep Blue was sighted. She is the largest great white ever caught on film, measuring an incredible 20 feet long!
How close will I be to the sharks?
The waters of Isla Guadalupe are very clear, so you are able to see sharks up to 200 feet away. But they are often much, much closer! While touching the sharks is forbidden, at times they will swim at just an arm’s-length away. They will even mouth the cage, bump it, or smack it with their tail!
What other wildlife will I see?
It's pretty much a given that you'll see and hear lots of northern elephant seals and Guadalupe fur seals. At night, one or two will often hunt for fish using the boat's lights. While in the cages, we share the ocean with yellowfin tuna, a lot of mackerel, and occasionally comb jellyfish. Overhead we see various ocean birds, and once in a while you can catch a glimpse of a bat flying overhead at night. During our trip to and from the mainland, pods of dolphins enjoy swimming and jumping beside and in front of us. Although our trips are too early in the season to see the California gray whale migration, every so often you may see the spout or fluke of a fin whale, sperm whale, humpback whale, or even the largest creature on earth: the blue whale!