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Dive Review of Great White Adventurres/The Searcher was the boar name in
The Continental USA/San Deigo, CA to Guadaloupe Is

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Allan Baldwin, IL, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 750
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Warm water diving all over the carribean and Bahamas.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
71   to 73    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Cage Diving only, no drinking and diving, as much bottom time as most
anyone could want.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Almost everyone one had a camera. The cage depth was only 7 feet max. so it
means even cheap disposible underwater cameras were possible.  There were
also several video cameras including ones for rent on board.  There is no
processing onboard.
Above water cameras were also important since there was lots of shark
action visible from above.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
This was a trip that exceeded my expectations which were high to begin
with.  My wife and I saw the report in the June 2003 issue and booked
immediately with Lawrence Groth, the CEO.  Booking was easy on the phone
and on the web and questions were answered
quickly(  We rented wetsuits at home and
brought them with. As it turned out we were comfortable without hoods and
pants but I understand we had particularly warm water for the area. The
shark action was fast and furious.  I spent about 5 hours (5 - one hour
stints) in the cage a day for three days and on only one occasion (a night
dive) did not see Great White sharks.  Sometimes there were 4 Great Whites
at once as well as a very brave seal that seemed to be teasing the biggest
sharks!  This trip is all about Great White sharks and we were not
disappointed. There was a biologist on board (Scott) who could answer many
questions about the fish as well as his Great White migration research.
Lawrence, the CEO was always ready to answer any question or help with any
issue. The rest of the crew was friendly and always helpful and competent. 
All of the guests (16) that I talked to agreed that this was a great trip
and many considered it a "trip of a lifetime."  There are some
things to know.  First, there is a 22 hour boat trip each way and
seasickness should be taken seriously. Everyone who took precautions(mostly
patches)was okay, a few did not and had trouble on the trip to the site.
Second, although there is beer and wine on board, drink and your diving is
over for the day, no exceptions. Third, you are heavily weighted (at least
40 lbs.) to keep you more stable in the cage. Even with the weight you get
bounced around in the cage sometimes.
    If you were ever interested in a Great White cage diving adventure, I
would highly suggest you look into this one.
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