San Diego

If you can add days to the front or back of your shark trip to enjoy some of what San Diego has to offer, do it!

Snorkel or kayak with the leopard sharks of La Jolla. While you're there, check out the sea caves, the beautiful beach of La Jolla Cove, and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial as well.

More options San Diego offers include a visit to the Birch Aquarium or a tour of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. You may also want to give surfing a try with a lesson at Ocean Beach Surf School or rent a boogie board and ride the waves of Pacific Beach.

You can also tour the museums, gardens, and attractions of Balboa Park, watch the sunset at Sunset Cliffs National Park, investigate the many tide pools, take a whale watching trip, tour the USS Midway aircraft carrier, or get on board the world's oldest active sailing ship, Star of India.

Also, consider taking the beautiful blue Coronado Bridge over to Coronado Island, take a San Diego Harbor cruise, or take a land & sea vehicle to visit San Diego's seals on a Seal Tour! If oceanfront amusement parks are more your style, visit Belmont Park in the beautiful Mission Bay area.

Ensenada

Other than a quick lunch stop on the way home, you won't be able to visit much of Ensenada in Baja California, Mexico. You will, however, get to see one of the banderas monumentales, an enormous Mexican flag flying over the city from a 338-foot-high pole. It measures 164 feet wide by 92 feet tall, so you won't have any trouble spotting it from land or sea!

Ensenada has a population of over half a million people, and has become a cruise ship destination. Odds are you'll see one of the massive ocean liners moored close to our own (much smaller) boat. Its borders are well-defined by the Pacific Ocean and the mountain ranges which nearly encircle the rest of the city.

Isla Guadalupe

A volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean, Isla Guadalupe is 150 miles from the closest land. It's about 22 miles long by six miles wide, but the most impressive view is looking up at the mountain ridges which reach over 4,200 feet into the sky!

The beaches and coastal rocks are populated by the Guadalupe fur seal and northern elephant seal. You can see them with your camera's telephoto lens, and hear them bellowing on the beach at night.

We don't go onto the island, but you will have the opportunity to take a panga ride near the coast to get a closer look at the seals - including the ridiculously adorable baby seal pups that are numerous at this time of year.