Dates: October 6-11 2019
Price: $3095.00 USD (not including 5% tax) plus $65 port fee (paid in cash on board)
Included: All meals, unlimited cage diving, transportation to and from Ensenada. All in field photographic help, post processing sessions.
Not included: Alcoholic beverages, travel insurance (MANDATORY), flight to San Diego (meet point), port fee ($65 cash), gift shop souvenirs, tips and gratuities (generally 10%)
(To purchase travel insurance please click HERE)
This is a sample itinerary. The exact itinerary for your trip may change based on the weather and other ocean related conditions. Our aim is to offer you the very best diving experience in the safest and most comfortable way.
Meet in San Diego, CA (Best Western Palm) and travel by coach to board the ship docked at Ensenada, Mexico. Alternatively, guests can also meet us directly in Ensenada but the San Diego option is more popular. We usually meet the coach around 6-8pm, we will get a confirmation closer to departure. Please plan you flight accordingly, generally a day before and after is advisable to compensate for any possible delays and relieved stress.
Evening arrival at Guadalupe Island just as dinner is being served, so that you can enjoy a relaxing evening at anchor. Activities: Safety Briefing Diver Orientation Shark 101
Cages open at 6:30 am. First submersible dive at 8:00. Dive until dusk! Activities: Our famous Mexico taco fiesta on the upper deck
Another full day of diving starting at 6:30 AM. Submersible diving starts at 8:30 AM. Dive until dusk! Activities: Shark Behaviour Shark ID
Cages open at 6:30 AM. Submersible diving starts at 7:30 AM. Cages close at 5 pm or when all divers have had their share of diving. Activities: Trip slide show Cocktails with friends.
Disembark at Ensenada approx. 2:00pm. Coach transfers to Tijuana Airport, San Diego Airport, Best Western Palm.
To confirm booking a 25% non refundable deposit is required. Total with taxes and fees $3250.00
First deposit due-$812.25
Second deposit due -$812.25
Third Payment March 29th 2019-$812.25
Final Payment due July 31st 2019-$812.25
What is the diving like at Guadalupe Island?
Adventuring out to Guadalupe Island is all about getting in the water and being closer to great white sharks then you ever imagined. It’s a one day open ocean sail out to Guadalupe Island. The island is 25 miles long and we anchor where the waters are almost always calm. The truly amazing thing about this destination is the sheer number of great white sharks. Please visit the Guadalupe Island page for details, photos, cage diagrams and more.
When should I book my flights?
We suggest flying in the day before the boat departs. This allows time for any delays or missing baggage. We have negotiated hotel rates with the Best Western Island Palms in San Diego. If you call to book, let them know you are a Nautilus Guest. After the trip we also suggest you depart the following day to account for any delays at the border.
Where do I meet the boat?
Please meet us at our hospitality suite at the Best Western Plus Island Palms Resort in San Diego. The hospitality suite is free of charge to all Nautilus Guests. It also includes use of hotel facilities, lounge with TV and luggage drop off. Please tell front desk that you are a Nautilus Guest. We load baggage and depart at 7:30 pm for the approximate 2 hour transfer to where your ship will be waiting for you in Ensenada, Mexico. Mexican custom regulations require all guests exit the vehicle at the border with their belongings, obtain a tourist card and then walk through customs before boarding the vehicle again. We will help you. No problemo! Alternatively, you may also meet us directly in Ensenada, Mexico. If you are meeting us directly in Mexico and you are not a Mexican citizen, you must stop and get an FMM. Click here for more info.
What airport should I fly into?
Please meet us at our hospitality suite at the Best Western Plus Island Palms Resort in San Diego. The hospitality suite is free of charge to all Nautilus Guests. It also includes use of hotel facilities, lounge with TV and luggage drop off. Please tell front desk that you are a Nautilus Guest. We load baggage and depart at 7:30 pm for the approximate 2 hour transfer to where your ship will be waiting for you in Ensenada, Mexico. Mexican custom regulations require all guests exit the vehicle at the border with their belongings, obtain a tourist card and then walk through customs before boarding the vehicle again. We will help you. No problemo! Alternatively, you may also meet us directly in Ensenada, Mexico. If you are meeting us directly in Mexico and you are not a Mexican citizen, you must stop and get an FMM. Click here for more info. You have two options for airports for your Guadalupe adventure. You can fly into the San Diego airport (SAN), and then proceed to our hospitality suite in San Diego. Alternatively you can also fly into the Tijuana airport (TIJ). We are pleased to offer complimentary pickups at the Tijuana airport for transfer to the boat, with prior notice.
What should I bring?
• Valid Passport
• Visa (if required)
• Credit Card (if applicable)
• Hooded Vest (recommended)
• Wetsuit (5-7mm recommended)
• Booties • Personal toiletries
• Camera gear
• Plenty of film/memory cards
• A good book
The ship normally arrives at Ensenada approx. at 2:00PM. Arrival time is always subject weather and may be later. Guests who met us in Ensenada will be be transferred back to Tijuana Airport in Ensenada. Guests who met us in San Diego will be transferred back to Best Western Resort, Ramada Hotel or San Diego Airport. The coach typically arrives in San Diego by 7:00 PM. Please do not book return flights earlier than 9:00 PM.
What is included in the trip?
Accommodation, all meals (continental breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert), non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, use of kayaks and stand up paddleboards (on Socorro Island trips only), weights, weight belts, aluminum 80’s and air, daily room service, towels, in-water divemastering, end of trip slideshow DVD and onboard facilities such as the hot tub and lounge.
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 and optional wi-fi access onboard.
Proof of Dive Insurance from a reputable provider, such as DAN or Dive Assure, is required when you check in to the hospitality suite for all of our trips. No need to worry, we can assist with this purchase once you arrive! Please note, travel insurance cannot be purchased last minute after a weather event has been “named.” Please check out our Storm Policy.
Weather & Clothing
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.
A satellite phone is available onboard with airtime charges of $3.00 USD per minute. Should you want to leave an emergency number for family and friends at home, please use our office number, +1-604-241-1918. If it is outside office hours there will be an emergency number on the answering machine for our on call shoreside duty officer.
We have learned that the safest alcohol policy is to restrict guests from bringing their alcohol onboard. We provide a wide selection of beer, wine and alcohol from the ship’s bar at very reasonable prices. Please contact our operations office 60 days prior to your trip for a variation from this policy otherwise the crew will politely but firmly restrict all guests on your trip from bringing their own alcohol onboard. Please note, we have a strict drinking and diving policy onboard. When your drinking starts, your diving stops.
How much should I tip?
Crew gratuities are customary in this part of the world if you think the service is deserving, typically $250-350 per guest.
Can I smoke?
Yes, there is a designated smoking section on each boat. The crew onboard will be happy to show you.
How can I pay my onboard charges?
Onboard charges can be paid by Visa, MasterCard or cash. Please note, park and port fees must be paid in cash only.
What kind of outlets are onboard?
All our vessels are equipped with standard North American outlets that put out 110 volts. Please bring appropriate adapters if your electronics need a different format.
May, June and early July are the best times to dive Socorro Island. Scientists tell us that there is at least 20% more biomass in the islands during this time and it is when we see the most mantas, pelagic fish and the largest number of sharks of the year. This is also when we get the nicest sea conditions of the year. While hurricane season at Socorro Island does not really begin until the middle of July, there is a chance of a tropical storm sometime in June. It is rare for any of our Guadalupe Island great white shark trips to be affected by a tropical storm or hurricane but it does happen occasionally. However, Mother Ocean doesn’t always respect “the rules” and a storm may affect your trip. For this reason, we have developed a 2 tiered program to protect your valuable vacation time.
1. We highly recommend the purchase of Dive Assure travel insurance from our website. Dive Assure provides superb insurance covering not just named weather events but mechanical breakdowns, cancelled flights, trip interruption because another diver has a medical emergency, etc. Please read the information on your policy for a full understanding of the coverage. We will help defray the cost of this insurance by issuing a $100 onboard credit to anyone who purchases a Dive Assure policy from our website. The cost of a typical policy is $225. Click here to purchase. Please note that this insurance cannot be purchased last minute after a weather event has been “named”.
2. Alternatively, storm credits will be issued to guests whose trips are affected by either a named weather event or a mechanical breakdown AND who do not receive compensation from their travel insurance carrier. Guests will automatically receive a storm credit voucher that can be used towards a future trip with a credit equal to the number of “charter days” that were lost. This program is not intended to be a replacement for Dive Assure travel insurance and we highly recommend that all guests purchase “Dive Assure.” Our ships operate to the highest levels of professionalism and your safety will never be compromised. The Nautilus Explorer, Nautilus Belle Amie, and Nautilus UnderSea were built to ISM standards and are certified and audited by Overseas Marine Certification Services. See our certificates here. All three ships are equipped with state of the art VSAT open ocean satellite systems providing 24 hour data and internet connectivity. You can be assured that our shoreside duty officer will be in close communication with Captain Mike monitoring conditions and watching for potential problems.