Getting to Guadalupe
Your international flights will take you either to San Diego, California or to Tijuana International in Mexico. Many divers from Europe, South & Central America and Asia prefer to connect through Mexico City to Tijuana.
Either way, we'll work in conjunction with your chosen liveaboard to transfer you to Ensenada, Mexico for departure.
It's an interesting, scenic drive down the coast once you get past all the Tijuana border traffic (if you're coming from San Diego). It's generally about a 1.5 to 2 hour drive to the port. Then, you have roughly an 18-hour crossing. Shark diving operations begin immediately after arrival and you're off and running to see those great white sharks.
All guests must have a passport valid 6 months from entry. Upon your arrival to Mexico you will need to complete a visa form which will be stamped by immigration officials. Other visas are required from certain countries, so please check your specific requirements at a consulate or embassy online.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you make your own way to Ensenada from the United States, you MUST STOP at the IMN Immigration Office at the border and OBTAIN an FMT TOURIST PERMIT. The Mexican Authorities will not allow anybody without this permit to board.
We suggest flying in the day before the boat departs. This allows time for any delays or missing baggage. Your transportation to Ensenada could be early to mid-morning, so best to be in San Diego (or Tijuana) the night before.
Also, a night in Ensenada is a great experience and nice extension to your diving trip.
On your return, the transfer back to the States, if you're returning to San Diego, can be delayed at the border crossing so best to plan your flights for late afternoon, early evening.
What's the Weather like in the Mexican Pacific Ocean ?
Surface weather at Socorro Island and Guadalupe Island is similar to southern California climate. Very warm during the day, and cool at night. Summer clothing should be fine for your trip. We recommend bringing a sweater, pants and a windbreaker/rain jacket.. Don't forget your hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
What about Water Temperatures ?
The water temp averages 65° - 70°F / 18° - 71°C) so be sure to pack your gloves, hood and booties plus either a 7mm full wetsuit or a drysuit. Guests rotate in and out of the shark cages every hour and you are not swimming at all so you might get chilly and should plan accordingly.
Cages open early in the morning and are open until dusk. Each liveaboards' schedule is slightly different, however. We'll supply all the details when you book (or before ... just ask !) You will have virtually unlimited time in the surface cages, keeping in mind it might be a bit busy on the first morning and the deal is that all divers rotate in and out of the water, giving everyone a fair chance to stare down the Great Whites !
Certified divers will have the opportunity of 2-3 dives per day in the submersible cages ... possibly even more,
Experience Required for Diving Guadalupe
You do not need to be certified to jbe in a surface cage with great white sharks. Therse cages are open to divers and non-divers alike. Please note that you do need to be a certified diver
to enjoy the submersible cages.
Best Time to Go
Guadalupe's season is July to November. July and August is when the males gather and are jostling for position. It has beensaid that they are like a bunch of rowdy teenage boys! The smaller females typically start showing up near the end of August, and they mingle with the males. October and November is when the dominant and reproductively successful females arrive.
Certain sunscreen ingredients have been found to be damaging to corals. These include oxybenzone, octinoxate, octocrylene, 4MBC, or butylparaben. Research indicates that these chemicals can cause DNA damage to corals, promote viruses in corals, and contribute to the bleaching.
Some dive destinations have banned these chemicals but we would encourage you to choose and use a sunscreen that is "coral safe" in all destinations..
The boats are all equipped with the best First-Aid materials available. Please note that it's a long trip out to the Islands and can be a rocky crossing. We recommend the use of the scopolamine “patch” as an anti-seasickness medication.
Flying after Diving
Current studies show that you should wait at least 24 hours after multiple days with repetitive diving before flying. Please keep this in mind before you book your onward international or domestic flights.
Currency is the Mexican Peso.
Taxes & Fees
Port Fee of $65.00 USD per person payable in cash onboard, transfers between airport and hospitality suite, gift shop purchases, bar, crew gratuities, dive gear rentals
Do I Need Insurance?
Travel insurance : We strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance to cover against unforeseeable events including personal & business impediments, illness, travel delays and missed flight connections. We hate seeing any of our clients fall into the category of unfortunate travelers who are without coverage for unexpected circumstances
Diving insurance: the liveaboards now require diving insurance. You must not confuse regular travel medical and/or travel insurance with diving-specific insurance such as DAN (Divers Alert Network) or Dive Assure. This type of insurance will cover all of your scuba diving and snorkeling activities, including the costs for recompression chamber treatment and emergency air evacuation. These are not covered by the average travel insurance.
We recommend Dive Assure as they are one of the few companies who offer insurance which includes general travel insurance, including trip cancellation .... plus full dive coverage.
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