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Great white shark (cage) diving - Farallon Islands

Discussion in 'NorCal' started by neve, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. neve

    neve Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Originally from Bali, but now in Singapore
    3D Diver that sounds dire :shocked2:

    I just thought I'd do something interesting during a business trip when the airfare, accommodation, and meals are paid for :)

    My other option is Neptune Island in Australia, LOB with Rodney Fox. They lower the cage to the bottom, about 65ft, so you see some shark action around and above you. Sounds more like my kind of thing, but it costs about four times more than Farralon.
  2. g1138

    g1138 Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Charleston, SC
    Why don't you go to the Georgia Aquarium and swim with the Whale sharks.
    Or Disney World, swim with the bat rays and sharks.
  3. 3D diver

    3D diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Altos, CA

    Heck, I left out the dire stuff:

    The dive operator had brought two cages, one profesionally built the other...not so much, the paint was still wet! I was told he simply dumped the second cage after the Sunday dive rather than taking it back, got caught, and was banned from future Farallon visits!

    Worse still for me, I didn't tell my wife where I was going & she was pissed when I fessed up.

    Honestly, under the circumstances you describe I'd consider going. It will be an interesting boat trip. Just have realistic expectations about seeing Jaws.

    I got to dive in the old Palos Verdes Marine Land shark tank years ago...$20 for 20 minutes.
  4. TracysaCADiver

    TracysaCADiver Barracuda

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Walnut Grove, CA
    There's also the Guadalupe Islands in Mexico that offers a caged GW shark experience. I believe it's from a couple of Liveaboards.
  5. neve

    neve Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Originally from Bali, but now in Singapore
    Are you saying I should stick to aquariums? Good advice, I tell some divers the same thing :D

    On a more serious note, I've had really good snorkeling experience with whale sharks in Donsol, Philippines. The local community runs the whale shark experience boats (with whale shark interaction officers!) and they're very strict about what people can and cannot do. They also have excellent conservation programs too, in cooperation with WWF. There were guests who could barely swim, so they were just bobbing around in life vests, getting in the way of people who can actually freedive to see the sharks. Hence my questions about cage diving, I want to know if it's worth the moolah.

    Sounds good, I'll have a chat with my buddies before deciding. We don't have unrealistic expectations. Heck, we got caught in a typhoon in Tubbataha offshore reefs once, and we still managed to dive and have a good time :cool2:

    I did the dugong tank in Underwater World Singapore a few times on dates, Gracie the dugong and I are good friends now :blinking: so much so that her keeper let me dive for at least an hour each, instead of the standard 20 mins.
  6. bridgediver

    bridgediver Instructor, Scuba

    So Neve. (or anyone else?) Did you end up going last year... or even this year.
    Curious if anyone has any more experience with this?
  7. mathauck0814

    mathauck0814 Assistant Instructor

    There's no experience more authentic than swimming with a well fed, docile animal in an artificial environment. I think I'd quit diving before you caught me in an aquarium tank.

    I say go for it. It sounds like few people have had luck which means when you get an awesome experience it'll be more unique and very definitely yours. Besides, what else are you going to do for a weekend in the People's Republic of San Francisco?
    drbill likes this.
  8. tracydr

    tracydr Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina, 3 miles from South Carolina
    There are some great places to shore or boat dive around San Francisco and Monterey, if you're not stuck on the shark dive.
  9. mathauck0814

    mathauck0814 Assistant Instructor

    Let's be honest - Monterey is not "near" San Francisco. It's quite a ways off.
  10. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    I can't speak for the Farallons but I have heard the vis there generally sucks. I have a friend here on Catalina who used to dive for urchins, etc., and said he was diving in the Farallons years ago and had incredibly good visibility... and two quite large GWS approached him within touching distance. However, I think that was a very rare occurence (the vis).

    I've done the Guadalupe trip (back in 2005 as part of a scientific expedition) and we did see GWS every day, including one 18 ft female who dwarfed Dr. Guy Harvey who was filming in the other cage.

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