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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

Great White Adventurres/The Searcher was the boar name, Sep, 2003,

by Allan Baldwin, IL, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 750.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 71-73°F / 22-23°C Wetsuit Thickness 6
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Cage Diving only, no drinking and diving, as much bottom time as most anyone could want.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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.
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