Great Whites of Guadalupe Island
With world-renowned shark experts Chris and Monique Fallows
Join Avontuur Luxury Travel on a once in lifetime adrenaline-filled journey to the crystal clear waters of the Pacific as we enter the realm of the ultimate apex predator with specialist guides Chris and Monique Fallows.
“Some refer to these waters as being like Jurassic Park, but it’s better than that!” ~PF
Surface supplied air allows us to welcome both certified and non-certified divers with visibility often 100+ ft.
Breathtaking Scenery Abounds.
Two privately chartered, Avontuur exclusive use vessels for near unlimited diving. Cages will be dropped at first light and remain in the water all day until sunset.
Our two separate escorted group departures will travel in October when the “Big Mommas” arrive, massive females dominating other sharks in breeding grounds.
Guadalupe is home to at least 366 individually identified sharks, one of the healthiest populations anywhere in the world.
Certified divers will have the option of adding a Self Propelled Ocean Cage (SPOC) excursion.
Designed for research purposes, SPOC is one of the only such research vehicles to be approved for commercial use, allowing our guests an unparalleled Great White Experience.
SPOC holds a pilot in the back and diver in the front with a cruising speed of 5 knots.
The cruising speed allows you to keep up with the pace of a great white which would otherwise be impossible whether swimming or diving.
“I’m thrilled to be able to offer Avontuur guests the opportunity to travel with Chris and Monique, two of the most knowledgeable and accomplished individuals in their field. Their experience, insight and photographic guidance ensure our guests will be able to make the very most out of their time in the deep blue.” ~Michael Distler, CEO of Avontuur Travel
Specialist Guides: Chris and Monique Fallows bring a lifetime of experience with them as they return to Guadalupe Island. Chris was the first person to discover and photograph the now famous breaching behavior of Great Whites in South Africa. These experiences bridged the gap between wildlife naturalist to dedicated photographer intent on capturing never before seen behavior in order to showcase and bring it to the world. This discovery gave birth to the most successful Shark Week series, the “Air Jaws” franchise which prominently features Fallows .
Their work has been featured on the covers and within many of the world’s most famous publications from the New York & Los Angeles Times, BBC Wildlife, Time Magazine and National Geographic.
Planet Earth, Life, Africa and Shark for the BBC add to an already impressive resume that includes 18 years worth of filming for Shark Week.
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Arrival into San Diego (SAN) Airport for private road transfer to the Kimpton Hotel Palomar in Downtown San Diego. After a little time to settle in, join us for a cocktail reception to meet your fellow travelers.
After breakfast, we will meet in the hotel lobby for road transfer (+/-3.5 hours) to Ensenada, Mexico where you will board either the Solmar V or Vortex (dates and rates for each journey below) and be shown to your stateroom for the overnight crossing to Guadalupe Island.
Arrive early morning to Guadalupe Island for cage setup, diving commences as soon as the first shark appears.
DAY 4 & 5
Cages drop at first light for all-day diving and will only come up at sunset. Enhance your daily experience with a talk by Chris and/or Monique, join a photographic session or venture out in SPOC.
Don’t forget to set aside some time to relax and enjoy the vessel. All meals and drinks (alcoholic and non) are included with gourmet menus featuring a combination of American and Mexican cuisine, using fresh, locally grown ingredients as much as possible.
Arrive back into port at midday for road transfer back to the Kimpton Hotel Palomar in San Diego for overnight.
Checkout of the Kimpton Hotel Palomar for road transfer to San Diego (SAN) Airport for your return flight.
Rates from: $5,250.00 per person
2 nights accommodations at the Kimpton Palomar in San Diego on a bed and breakfast basis, roundtrip transportation to/from San Diego to Ensenada, all port fees, fuel surcharges, 4 nights onboard accommodations on a fully inclusive basis with all standard dives, meals, snacks and all beverages (including beer and wine) while onboard and of course, your expert specialist guides throughout.
Airfare, gratuities, national park fees, gear rental (if applicable),
and items of a personal nature.
October 11 to October 17 2022 aboard the Solmar V
October 18 to October 24 2022 aboard the Socorro Vortex
(October 15 to October 21, 2023) – easily the most luxurious option for diving in this amazing part of the world, a 140 feet former Canadian Coast Guard vessel built for adventure and hardcore worldwide expeditions. Everything on the Vortex has been custom-made and handpicked to meet the highest standards. With only 14 guests on board, you will receive the highest quality dive experience for the lucky few! Lux amenities and diving are followed by topside elegance with unmatched and personalized service. The Vortex features a dedicated Camera Table with charging stations, head, rinse tanks, and more to make sure you and your gear are safe, clean, and comfortable; a spacious Lounge for relaxation, photo, and video editing, and speaking engagements.
$6,995.00 per person based upon double occupancy in a Luxury Stateroom (4 Rooms Available)
$7,495.00 per person based upon double occupancy in Junior Suite (2 Rooms Available)
$7,9995.00 per person in a Master Suite (1 Room available)
(October 21 to October 27 2023) – Classic and Comfortable with a traditional strong steel hull with wood interiors. A 112ft diving and exploration vessel with the best and most experienced crew Mexico has to offer. The interior of the Solmar V is outfitted in brass, rich mahogany, granite table tops and is completely carpeted. It is a gracious and beautiful boat with less cabin frills and the same unforgettable dive experience.
$5,295.00 per person based upon double occupancy in Standard Cabins (2 Rooms Available)
$5,495.00 per person based upon double occupancy in Superior Cabins (6 Rooms Available)
$5,595.00 per person in Single Standard Cabins (2 Rooms available)
Recommended Post Trip
Enjoy some R&R at the Viceroy Los Cabos. On the Sea of Cortés in Baja, at the edge of the horizon, Viceroy Los Cabos is like no other place on earth. The architecturally stunning concept by Miguel Angel Aragonés lures you into a quiet state of mind with its cinematic views and striking architecture around every turn. Be a part of the scene and restore your spirit with immersive experiences throughout the hotel. The resort is crowned by five restaurants and lounges, a rooftop bar and a holistic-focused spa. The historic Colonial streets of San José del Cabo are nearby, as are endless opportunities for outdoor adventure on land and sea. Yet staying right in your guestroom — where sunlight streams through floor-to-ceiling windows and you have your very own private patio or balcony — may be just the life-changing experience you need.
Avontuur will handle the logistics (direct flight is available) and make use of a special offer for our guests.
Viceroy Los Cabos
Like No Other Place On Earth