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Guadalupe on Nautilus Belle Amie, 1-6 November 2017

Guadalupe on Nautilus Belle Amie, 1-6 November 2017

Guadalupe Island is legendary for its large number of Great White Sharks and excellent visibility, making it the number one spot to view and photograph Great Whites. Our trip in 2017 will be run on Nautilus Belle Amie Liveaboard – the most luxurious boat at Guadalupe – and has been purposefully timed for early November when we’ll have the best chance to encounter the enormous female Great Whites affectionately known as Big Mommas!

Guadalupe Island is the top destination for Great White Shark encounters. This small volcanic island located in the Pacific 240 kilometers off the west coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula outperforms both South Africa and Australia with shark-seeing consistency and watching conditions. Only Guadalupe Island can boast shark viewing in beautiful clear blue water with 125–150 foot visibility. Cage diving at Guadalupe Island takes place from July to November each year. July and August features rowdy gangs of male Great Whites acting just like groups of teenage boys! Female Great Whites start showing up in September. October and November features the enormous 18 foot dominant female Great Whites affectionately known as Big Mommas! Over 120 individual Great Whites have been identified in the bay where the cage diving takes place.

Day 1 – At 7:30pm you will be picked up from Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel for a 2 hour transfer by coach to Ensenada (Mexico). Here you will board the Nautilus Belle Amie and begin the 22 hour cruise to Guadalupe.
Day 2 – All day of travel. There will be ample time to arrange camera gear. The cruise gives you an opportunity to get acquainted with the other divers.
Day 3 – Full day Cage Diving with Great Whites (6:30am – 6:30pm)
Day 4 – Full day Cage Diving with Great Whites (6:30am – 6:30pm)
Day 5 – Full day Cage Diving with Great Whites (6:30am – 5:00pm). The boat will then start the journey back to port.
Day 6 – Arrive at Ensenada (Mexico) and transfer by coach to San Diego. Drop off points are San Diego International Airport, Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel and Ramada San Diego Airport Hotel. Estimated arrival time in San Diego is around 6pm.

The Nautilus Belle Amie is a luxurious, stabilized, modern vessel custom built for divers to the same SOLAS standards like the largest ocean-going cruise ships in the world. The Nautilus Belle Amie can accommodate 28-30 guests in cabins to suit all preferences ranging from luxurious Premium suites to Superior suites, and single, double/twin or quad cabins. The only bunk beds on the boat are in the quad occupancy cabin. There is lots of seating for everyone in the lounge, on the partially shaded sundeck and in the dining room. Nautilus Belle Amie’s mission is to cater to your every comfort from super high tech communication, email and internet at sea to stocking a wide selection of beer, wine and single malt scotches in the ship’s bar.

At Guadalupe Island, guests on the Nautilus Belle Amie have 5 cages at varying depths to choose from providing the best way to see lots of Great Whites up close and very personal. The Nautilus team recently counted 108 Great White Sharks in the bay where they stage their cage diving operations which guarantees unforgettable encounters. The Nautilus Belle Amie’s three submersible cages are “double-deckers,” so conditions permitting, you can get out from behind the bars on the upper deck of these cages with only a single hand-rail between you and these amazing apex predators. Diving is done via surface supplied “hookah” with backup dive gear in each cage. Submersible cage dives are 30 minutes long and if you are a certified diver, you will have the opportunity to make 3 dives a day. Dive time in the two surface cages is unlimited.

There is 1 space available on this trip.

Guadalupe on Nautilus Belle Amie, 1-6 November 2017

The cost of the trip is 2,695 GBP (3,250 USD) in a Double/Twin-cabin, 3,150 GBP (3,775 USD) in a Superior Suite or 3,675 GBP (4,405 USD) in a Premium Suite. These prices include 5 nights on Nautilus Belle Amie, all diving, weights/weight belts, all meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages (including sodas), 16% Mexican Tax, and return transfers between San Diego and Nautilus Belle Amie on the day of embarkation and disembarkation. Flights are not included in the price, but can be readily arranged by Equator Diving upon request.

Port fee: 65 USD

Nautilus – Guadalupe Video