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  • A playful sea lion with beautiful eyes at Cedros Island

    Guadalupe-Socorro Combo Trip Kicks off the Socorro Season

    We had Great Whites in Guadalupe, lots of California Sea Lions on the way down south, now Giant Mantas and Silky sharks and dolphins…all in one trip, and the best still lays ahead.

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  • I got a hug underwater from a harbour seal playing in the shallows at San Martin. I’ve never experienced that before!

    Here I am on a Guadalupe combo trip, we started our expedition at San Martin with the kelp diving. Kelp diving makes me feel like I am in a healthy corn field, the only thing is that I am blowing bubbles. Don’t even talk about the harbor seals, this is my third season and I have never experienced a harbor seal play with me, I even got a hug from one that really made my dive. There is a saying “you’re never to old to learn something new” well there is never too much diving to have a great experience like that. On the surface interval we saw some humpback whales just hanging around in the distance.We are heading now to San Benito’s to do some diving with the sea lion’s I am excited now to see what is awaiting there for me. I will keep you all posted. – DM Juan The Only One

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  • Blog from Silvia – one of our most treasured and wonderful hostesses – and her crazy experiences on the last trip including mola mola

    Hola…This is Silvia From the Nautilus Explorer, I being working for this great company and my friend, Captain Mike, for almost 10 years.  I have done trips from Sea of Cortez to Alaska, British Columbia, Socorro,, Clipperton, California and Guadalupe. And now we are doing Guadalupe season. This trip is a combo, one of my favorites, because after to see the great White Sharks, we sail to San Benitos and Cedros Island, where we can dive with Sea lions and the beautiful kelp . This is a picture of one of the colonies of sea lions in Cedros. Here is a smiling babe sea lion saying hi…very playful and curious….I’ve done a zodiac excursion with two of our guests and it was very interesting to watch the behavior of these creatures. I’m surprised how the males protect their area when somebody approaches close to them. Very powerful animals. The best thing to finish this trip, on our way back to Ensenada…..Blue Whales fitting!!!!!  Wow!!! First time watching this.. really crazy…. On this trip we have…great white sharks, sea lions, dolphins, mola mola, and blue whales!!!!!. What else I can ask for?

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  • Captain Gordon Kipp’s lowdown report on diving with great white shark at Guadalupe Island

    Currently into our third day of cage diving on this 10 day Guadalupe/San Benitos combo expedition. We’ve had beautiful conditions topside with flat calm water in the anchorage with consistently sunny skies all day. The cage diving started off a little slow on our first day but by late morning the whities had arrived and have been hanging around ever since. For the most part we’ve been having 1 or 2 male great white sharks at a time keeping us company, with various stragglers making brief yet very exciting appearances. On some dives the sharks have been staying a little deeper and not too interested in the cages, while on other dives they would exhibit very curious behaviour, approaching the cages to within a few feet to check out what was happening inside and say hello. Tomorrow we’ll have our 4th and final day of cage diving before the 155 nautical mile journey to the islands of San Benitos and Cedros for some world class kelp and pinniped diving. Everyone is having a good time and eager for their next dive. – Captain Gordon Kipp Diving conditions: viz 125ft plus, water temp 20C Surface conditions: light winds and calm, air…

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  • Divemaster Report : San Benitos

    Date: Aug 14, 2013 Location: San Benitos Dive 1: 0800 ˆ Peck Rock (north end of East Benitos) Temp: 63F Viz: 90ft Wx: light wind from NW, overcast Seas: 3-4′ nw’ly swell Comments: Good dive, lots of fish life, a few sea lions around. Found a long stretch of fishing long-line and recovered it onboard. Guests enjoyed it but not enough to want a second dive there. Dive 2: 1100 ˆ North point of East Benitos (formerly the Enchanted Forest) Temp: 63F Viz: 90ft Wx: same as above Seas: same Comments: This divesite used to be our most healthy kelp forest. Now there is absolutely no kelp there, or anywhere else around the East Island except for a small patch at the South end. Dive was enjoyed by everyone nonetheless with nice bottom topography and a few sea lions playing with some of the divers. Strong current. Moderate fish life including some amber jacks. Dive 3: 1415 ˆ South end of East Island Temp: 63F Viz: 60-80ft Wx: light breeze,  sunny Seas: calm Comments: Dove off the stern to a small kelp patch. We found a small colony of Guadalupe fur seals who interacted with all the divers. Everyone really…

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  • One young male great white shark poked his nose between the bars on the cage before swimming away without a scratch or a worry in the world

    Had a fantastic day yesterday. On the very first dive in the morning we had 5 individual great white sharks around and the action never really stopped all day long. At least 7 individual males throughout the day. The visibility was beautiful with a clear blue 125 foot, 360 degree window around the submersible cages. On a couple occasions I came face to face with a young male while I was sitting on top of the cage. His face was only a few feet from mine on the other side of the railing as he eyed me curiously with his deep blue eyes. We also had some great action at the surface as one very large male in particular, who was clearly a dominant shark, repeatedly circled around the surface and hanging cage at our stern. It’s a pretty cool view to see the dorsal fin of a large white shark cutting the surface of a smooth ocean with the rugged cliffs of Guadalupe in the background. On the last dive of the day I was manning the 4 person submersible cage and enjoying a great show with 4 whities circling above and below. One young male got a little…

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  • The giant kelp forest at San Benitos Island reminds me of a real rainforest. It felt like there should be a breeze blowing through… San Benitos. Aug 27, 2012.

    We arrive at San Benitos strait from the famous Island Guadalupe. Well we got everyone ready with all the setup that they need for the dive. We did the checkout dive at Roca Blanca, the vis was not too good but just for one dive that was worth it. We move for the second and third dive we headed to NE point that was where the action was with the sea lion and the vis was real good. We thought that we saw dolphins the way the sea lions were jumping out of the water and rolling. As the divers went in they encounter the big show of the sea lion they stayed with them for the whole dive and for the next dive. Not to forget the Kelp forest that is so healthy and it start from 40ft to the surface and the small kelp that is growing it reminds me of the real rainforest. As you go into the kelp you see a small holes that appear to be as the one in the forest. The sun shine through the opening and the sun raise just lighted through the kelp it is so peaceful and relaxing with a…

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