Dive Report on Guadalupe, Mexico

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Isla Guadalupe Shark Diving Bucket List? You Bet!

Guadalupe10 Aug 2011 - 15 Nov 2011

Turning 40 this year finally lit a fire under me to fulfil a childhood ambition - diving with Great Whites. Luckily, my web research led me to Shark Diver's website, and I'm so glad it did.

After a long sea journey to Guadalupe we finally got to suit up and get going. Being non-certified, Dive Master Martin showed me the ropes of breathing with the regulator and clearing my mask underwater, and thankfully I didn't have any problems.

On the first day, amongst some 'regular' Guadalupe sharks returning to say hello to the cages, a notable encounter was with a very shy young male White Shark who was very wary of the cages. Martin said we should keep a special eye out for him over the next few days. Again on day two, our young shark turned up and kept his distance. We also saw Jaques, a Guadalupe regular who is now over 16-foot, and a female regular too.

Both sharks got very close to the cages.

On our last day, the regulars turned up again. Our mystery male also arrived, and this time headed straight for my cage. I took a lovely photo of him very close to the cage, which I have attached, and thought "He's not stopping". The next second he'd rammed our cage with his snout - just out of curiosity - and shot off at very high speed.

It might have been the shock of his life, but it was a huge thrill for myself and my cagemates.

I would like to thank Patric for his excellent customer service, and our crew; Captains Spencer and Kyle, Galley Crew Mark and Alyssa, Dive Master Martin, and crewmen Mark, Nick and Kyle, who were always friendly, informative, funny and professional, (and in the case of Mark and Alyssa, damned good cooks!).

I'd also like to thank my shipmates, who to a man (and woman) were excellent company.

They all helped to make the dreams of a 5-year old English kid an unforgettable experience for a 40-year old English guy!

See www.sharkdiver.com if you want to know what it was like for me.

Cheers,

James Woodhead UK

2010 White Shark Guadalupe 2001 Sharks 2011 Isla Guadalupe
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Nathan Murphy

Amazing photos! (I especially like the second one!)

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Catherine Jones

Excellent report and great photos! This is also on my wish list of things to do :)

Dee Shercliff

Fab photo's. Did this trip last August with the same company, we had mainly male great white sharks. One got a bit too excited, bumped our cage, then proceeded to bit everything it could including our cage, extremely thrilling :) I'd recommend this trip and this company to anyone.

Martin Graf

Thank you James. It was a pleasure having you come out with us!

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