Best of the West Shark Diving



Extreme Dive Adventures presents a grand Pacific coast expedition, where our guests will experience the best of the west, from cage diving with the world’s most infamous apex predator to exploring the mysterious Valiant shipwreck, this trip has it all. Enjoy a night in the beautiful city of San Diego before jumping off to the south of the border island of Guadalupe. Here we will cage dive with monster Great White Sharks over several days before moving on to the indulgent relaxation of Catalina Island. Exploring the underwater world around Catalina by day and unwinding in our plush spa hotel by night, this trip is ideal for couples, adventurers, or simply those who desire to experience the best that west coast diving has to offer. Our expedition will be small (a maximum of 6 guests), and led by a world-class dive instructor guide every step of the way. Come join us for this unforgettable expedition to experience the very best of the west.

TRIP SCHEDULE: August 9th - 18th 2011

Spaces Available

Guide: Ali Falcone


Day 1: Arrival in San Diego

San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina

Day 2: Board Great White Shark charter 7:30-8:30 AM

Charter Boat departs for Guadalupe Island at 9:00 AM

Day 3: Arrive in Guadalupe Island 8:00 AM

Days 3-5: All day cage diving with great white sharksgreat-white-2

Day 6: Charter returns to San Diego

Day 7: Shuttle to Long Beach, ferry to Catalina Island, check in to Aurora Hotel

Afternoon two-tank dive on the “Valiant.”

Day 8: Morning two-tank dive on Catalina reefs

Afternoon land based activities

Day 9: Ferry from Catalina to Long Beach

Shuttle to San Diego International Airport, fly home


All charters and Great White live aboard

All lodging

All ground transportation, transfers, and departure taxes

All tanks (air or NITROX)



San Diego

The second largest city in California, San Diego is a booming city center with a wide range of tourist activities and entertainment. The climate is dry and temperatures mild. San Diego’s downtown area has recently undergone an urban renewal and is a showcase of shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafes.

Guadalupe Island

A rugged, volcanic island located 150 miles off of the coast of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, Guadalupe Island is the one of guadalupe-island-shotthe oldest nature reserves in Mexico. The island is considered one of the best places in the world for sighting Great White Sharks. Scientific studies have found that at least 102 Great White Sharks make their home in the island’s waters each season.

catalina-avalonCatalina Island

Catalina has been a tourist destination since the late 1800’s, and today boasts more than 1 million visitors per year. The population is small at just under 3,700 full time residents, and the majority of the island is a protected nature conservancy. The main city center, Avalon, is home to many resorts, spas, restaurants, and shops.


White Shark Cage Diving-Guadalupe Island

Cage diving involves the use of hookah regulators where a hose is connected from an onboard air bank directly to the diver’s mask. The shark cage is deployed from the boat and the divers remain in the cage at all times. The shark cage and divers remain at or near the surface for the duration of the dive. Water temps in Guadalupe run between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit and visibility is consistent at 80-100 feet year round.

Catalina Island Diving

Scuba diving has long been a popular past time in Catalina. The island has plentiful reefs and rocky bottoms with a catalina-kelp-forestvariety of underwater ecosystems. Visibility averages between 40-100 feet and water temperatures run from 70-74 degrees in the summer.

Valiant Wreck

The Valiant shipwreck is a 162′ luxury yacht that burned and sank just off of the coast of Catalina Island in 1930. She is rumored to have gone down with a cache of jewels but to this day the treasure has not been recovered. The wreck lies in depths from 70-110 fsw. Located on the leeward side of the island, the waters around the wreck are almost always calm and currents are light.


San Diego Marriott

san-diego-marriottThe San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina is a dynamic resort and 446 slip marina located adjacent to downtown San Diego. With three restaurants, an in-house Starbucks, two heated pools, and meticulously landscaped grounds, you might not want to leave the property, but if you do you will find San Diego’s trendy gas lamp district with shopping, restaurants, and entertainment just a short walk away.

Aurora Hotel and Spa

A stylish, modern hotel located in the heart of Avalon onaurora-hotel-and-spa Catalina Island, the Aurora Hotel and Spa offers guests a relaxing getaway. In room Internet and WiFi are standard. An on-site full service spa awaits those who truly want to get away from it all. Our expedition members will each occupy a suite with 300 square feet of living space, en-suite Jacuzzi tubs, plush bathrobes and breathtaking views


Day 1

Meet at San Diego Marriott where we will check in and get acquainted in downtown San Diego.

Day 2

Boarding vessel for white shark expedition begins at 7:30 am. We depart from the docks at 9:00 am. Travel time to Guadalupe is approximately 20 hours.

Day 3

We will arrive at Guadalupe approximately 8:00 am (breakfast time). Upon arrival, we anchor, deploy the shark cages and begin operations. Cage diving rotations are usually one hour at a time. Lunch is served around noon. For divers interested, Guadalupe offers local side tours with smaller boats to discover the wild life on shore. Dinner is served approximately 6:00pm.

Day 4guadalupe-great-white-3

If we decide to try a different site, we move early and begin operations at sunrise. Cage diving continues throughout the day and rotation times will be increased. By this time, you and the Great Whites have a set routine, and you should be very comfortable with them in the water. Evening activities include dinner and photo sharing.

Day 5

New shark location or the same one as the day before depending on the “sharkiness” of the site. By now, everyone will be old pros, and enjoy the relaxed feel of things. The photographers will be focused on getting the “best of the trip” shot. The shark fan will now be able to accurately measure, sex, and identify each new shark. We depart around dinner time and head for home. There is lots of celebrating the “great shark expedition” with plenty of time to reflect and rest on the way home.

Day 6

Travel day back to San Diego where we will arrive around 5-7 pm. Check back into the Marriott and have an open catalina-coastevening for dinner and drinks at one of the many fine restaurants in the bay area.

Day 7

Early breakfast starts the day, then we’ll shuttle to Long Beach to catch the Catalina Express ferry boat to Avalon (Catalina Island). Immediate check in to the Aurora Hotel & Spa, then board the Scuba Cat for an afternoon 2 tank dive charter to the wreck of the “Valiant”, a 163′ yacht sank in 1930. Dinner will follow with free time for drinks at one of the local diver bars.

Day 8

Breakfast at the Aurora Hotel, then board the Scuba Cat for a morning 2 tank charter at local reefs and kelp forest grotto. Lunch on the island, shore diving, eco-tours, and other daily activities of your choice. We’ll all return to eat dinner together and exchange stories and photos of the day. Drinks at the local diver bar or relax at the hotel spa to wind down the evening.

Day 9

Early breakfast, then off to catch the Catalina Express ferry boat back to the mainland. Transfer to San Diego International Airport to fly home. We bid our goodbyes and reflect on our experience of the best that west coast diving has to offer.


August 9th -18th 2010



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