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Dive Review of Great White Adventures in
General Travel/Other Locations/Eastern Pacific

Great White Adventures, Aug, 2004,

by Kent Bonde, FL, USA . Report 1983.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments For the second year in a row, San Francisco-based Great White Adventures (GWA) has chartered the Solmar V out of Encenada, Mexico from mid-August until December, to run its "luxury" live-aboard trips to Guadalupe Island, specifically to dive with great white sharks. The $2,775 price tag includes a one night stay in San Diego at the Hampton Inn Downtown, a two-hour bus ride across the Border to Encendada and five days and four nights on board the Solmar V. The crossing to Guadalupe from Encenada takes about 20 hours and can be a little rough - we had steady 6 footers the whole way over. Definitely recommend the dramamine, even for those not prone to motion sickness. Since the vessel anchors on the leeward side of Guadalupe Island, wind and seas are not an issue once you are there. Diving is conducted in two four-person cages attached to Solmar's dive platform by two specially designed brackets to minimize cage movement and to facilitate entering and exiting the cages. Air is surface supplied. A two-person deep cage is deployed on the second day (depending on current and surface conditions). After a thorough dive briefing by GWA's founder and President, Lawrence Groth, divers are split into four four-person teams and assigned to rotating one-hour shifts per cage. After the first couple of rotations, cage time becomes more flexible as many opt to sit out rotations and observe the action from the upper deck. Within 18 minutes of deploying the hang baits, the first shark showed up. After that and in the three days to follow, we had a total of 15 sharks, ranging in size from 8-12 feet and one in the neighborhood of 16 feet. The Solmar crew was exceptional, the food and drink was plentiful and the quality of accomodations on board was first class.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, South Florida, Cayman, Australia, Italy, Malta, Red Sea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 68-70°F / 20-21°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Diving was restricted to shark cages with surface-supplied air
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales >2
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Solmar V provides a generously sized camera table on the aft deck, complete with a stowage shelf for camera cases and air nozzels to dry off gear. Dive crew is is quick to retrieve and rinse cameras in two large freshwater rinse bins. Media center provides means to review video and digital photography on large flat screen tv and smaller monitors located around the main salon and dining areas.
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