It’s easy to go shark cage diving from San Diego

Shark cage diving California San Diego - Sand Diego great white shark

Whilst San Diego has great white sharks off its coast, there’s no cage diving immediately around San Diego. But if you’re prepared to get on a liveaboard boat to Guadalupe Island, you’ll be able to cage dive with great white sharks there.

You have two options to dive with great white sharks from San Diego. Either step straight on to a boat in San Diego for a trip to Guadalupe Islands. Alternatively, hop on a bus from San Diego to Ensenada, Mexico.

Best place for great white shark diving from San Diego

If you live in San Diego, you’re in luck as you can easily travel to the Guadalupe Island in Baja, California. There are four liveaboard boats that travel from San Diego.

This also means that if you live in the USA, you can simply travel to San Diego using an internal flight.

So whether you’re traveling from within the US either Florida, Hawaii, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York or New Jersey or wherever, it’s only a short internal flight away.

If however, you’re travelling from further afield you simply need to fly into San Diego international airport.

For example, you can fly direct from London Heathrow in the U.K. to San Diego.

Liveaboard boats travelling from San Diego California

Horizon Charters is the only Guadalupe Island shark cage-diving company departing from the U.S. Which means not having to use a bus ride to Ensenada, Mexico. But having said that, I have also include three further liveaboards where you depart from San Diego by bus, but join the liveaboard in Mexico.

America’s Shark Boat MV Horizon

The America’s Shark Boat MV Horizon is the Guadalupe Islands original shark boat and offered great white shark diving since 2000. The MV Horizon has an added bonus as the only boat that departs from San Diego. This means there’s no bus-ride to Mexico

With an emphasis on safety, cage diving with America’s Shark Boat is suitable for everyone, regardless of experience. There are three full days of cage diving available, which gives approximately 11-18 hours of in-water time per trip. Click this link to see the latest prices and availability.

The area in San Diego for shark cage diving is San Diego, CA 92116.

Nautilus Under Sea

Rated 8.8 and fabulous. Famous for being the support boat for the James Bond Movie ‘License to Kill’. A 27 metre (89 feet) liveaboard, catering to 17 guests in 8 en-suite air conditioned cabins.

The Nautilus offers liveaboard trips to Guadalupe cage diving with Great White Sharks and scuba diving the Socorro Islands divers will come face to face with Giant Pacific Mantas.

The Nautilus Under Sea offers 6-day trips with a pick-up at the Ramada Hotel in San Diego and a bus ride to Ensenada. Trips run from July to November. Experience required is Open Water certificationand no minimum logged dives required. Click this link to see the latest prices and availability.

Nautilus Belle Amie

Rated 9.3 superb. 41 metre (135 feet) custom built liveaboard and offers scuba divers with comfort and safety. This liveaboard boat caters for up to 30 scuba divers in 16 cabins all with en-suite and air-conditioning.

The Nautilus Belle Amie also goes to Guadalupe for great whites or the Socorro Islands. The Nautilus Belle Amie offers 6-day trips with a pick-up at the Ramada Hotel in San Diego and a bus ride to Ensenada. Experience required is Open Water certification and no minimum logged dives required. Click this link to see the latest prices and availability.

Nautilus Explorer

Rated 8.8 and fabulous. A 35 metre (115 feet) custom built liveaboard boat built for divers to explore the amazing sites of Guadalupe and the Socorro Islands, Mexico.

The Nautilus Explorer liveaboard has 13 cabins. These range from a cost effective mixed-gender triple occupancy stateroom to a luxurious premium suite. The Nautilus Explorer offers 6-day trips with a pick-up at the Ramada Hotel in San Diego and a bus ride to Ensenada. Experience required is Open Water certification and no minimum logged dives required. Click this link to see the latest prices and availability.

I hope you enjoyed this article about shark cage diving San Diego California

I’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your adventures of diving and snorkeling, in the comments below. Please also share your photos. Either from your underwater cameras or videos from your waterproof Gopro’s!

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