White sharks are migratory animals and begin arriving in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in July and will hunt along the northern California coast from August through January before migrating back out into the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii.
Great White Adventures offers our Farallon Island expeditions only during the peak of this brief hunting season, from late September through November. Providing our clients with the best opportunity to see the natural predatory behavior of these incredible animals.
Great White Adventures is proud to introduce our new Farallon Expedition vessel, the AKULA!
The AKULA is a specially modified Offshore Support Vessel designed and equipped to provide a stable and safe platform to conduct our great white shark diving operations as well as many other types of offshore work. This 42' aluminum catamaran is powered by two 330 hp Volvo engines which use environmentally friendly "bio-diesel" fuel. The AKULA also has a 2 ton knuckle boom crane and a built in high-pressure air system.
Although being a certified diver is a plus, it is not required. We do recommend completing a Discover Scuba introductory course if you are not certified.
You must be at least 13 years of age to cage dive. All minors must be certified and accompanied by a parent or guardian.
You should be in reasonably physically fit condition. You, as a diver should be able to enter and exit the cages on your own. (Example: Can you easily climb in and out of a swimming pool without the use of stairs or a ladder?)
The maximum weight limit for cage diving is 250 lbs. If you weigh more than 250 lbs and are physically fit we CAN make arrangements to accommodate you.
If you have existing conditions such as cardiopulmonary disease, conditions or illness that require medication, or frequent access to medical facilities, you may not be eligible to participate in these activities. Some physician approval may be required for other conditions such as diabetes, asthma etc.
I would give 10 stars if I could! I saw two humpbacks and some young elephant seals among other beautiful sights. Once the cages went into the water, adrenaline pumping, I saw what I estimated to be a 15 ft female in the cold beautiful sea on that November morning.
- Yasmine Korte-Baca
6:00am* – Meet at EMERYVILLE Marina
GWA Staff will greet you in the parking lot of Emeryville Marina (3310 Powell St, Emeryville, CA 94608) and help you get your gear to the boat.
6:30am – Depart for SEFI
Enjoy a continental breakfast of muffins, bagels, pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt, juice, coffee and tea. Keep an eye out as we often spot whales, porpoises, and other marine mammals during our 2 1/2 hour trip to the island.
9:00am – Arrival at the Island
We'll take a quick tour to determine the best water conditions and location to anchor. The cage holds four divers at a time and divers will be rotated in 30 minute intervals. Expect a minimum of three 30-minute dives during the day. If we see a predatory event where a shark is eating a seal, we can quickly move to any part of the island to watch this event topside. Cage diving resumes when the feeding event is over.
11:30am-1:00pm – Lunch
When you get out of the cage, enjoy a hearty lunch of homemade soup and panini sandwiches made by our team chef Solymar. Snacks, sodas, fruit drinks, and bottled water are available throughout the day.
3:00pm – Cage Diving Ends, Return to Marina
Crack open a beer or enjoy a glass of wine as we make our way back to the marina. Both are complimentary.
6:00pm – Arrival at EMERYVILLE Marina
Although the trip will be over, your memories of it will last a lifetime!
*Due to Daylight Savings, all times move 1/2 hour later after November 5.
Dive gear Rentals
Great White Adventures does not rent dive gear. It is important to have gear that fits, so we suggest you rent gear in your area and bring it with you.
If you will be renting gear in the San Francisco area, please allow time in your travel plans to try on, pick up, and return gear to the shop.
Note: we are unable to pick up or return gear for our passengers.
To rent dive gear in the San Francisco Bay area, we recommend
584 4th St
GoPro cameras are available to rent. Rental includes a memory card to take home with you.
No drones allowed
The Farallon Islands are a NOAA-regulated overflight zone, which means no aircraft are allowed below 1,000 feet above ground level. If you're thinking, "No problem, my drone flies higher than that," remember that during your six hours at the Farallones, you can't legally launch or retrieve your drone.
Moral of the story:
Bring your cameras, but leave the drones at home.
The captain and the dive master explained everything extremely well. It was the best trip and we had a shark breach and bit the surf board before the first diver was in the cage!