Whale-watching season in Southern California doesn’t start till December, but shark-diving season is coming to a close and you still have a chance to swim with the deadly big fishes. A San Diego company will put you front and center with great whites in what it calls “safe and sane shark diving.” Funny, because shark diving sounds unsafe and insane.
Horizon Charters brings you to Guadalupe Island, 215 miles south of San Diego, a hot spot for great whites. Don’t worry, you won’t get tossed off the side of the ship to fend for yourself. Instead, you’ll be put in a big cage with four other shark divers so that you can safely watch the creatures from behind bars.
While it’s helpful to be a certified scuba diver, it’s not necessary for the trip. Staff will give you a crash course on the basics. And on your first dive, a staff member will stay in the cage with you to make sure that you can handle yourself and your gear.
The last shark dive of the season will take off November 7 on a five-day trip at a discounted $1,900. If you can’t make that slot, start planning—and saving—for next fall; five-day excursions regularly cost $3,100.