Home > Shark Diving > Shark Dive Tours

Great White Shark Cage Diving

Farallon Islands, off San Francisco, California

Great White Shark Cage Diving, Farallon Islands

San Francisco's Farallon Islands
Home to One of the World's Most Significant White Shark Populations

One Day Adventure

Location:Farallon Islands - San Francisco, California
Dive Season:Select Dates in October & November
Shark Sighting Chances: About 50/50
Dive Certification Necessary?No
Shark Size:Huge Adults
Water Visibility:Often murky
Cost per person: $475 for Topside Observer, $825 for Cage Diver
Attractant use:Decoys
Wetsuit Rental Included?Yes
Food provided on the boat?Yes
Trip insurance required?Yes
Passport required for US citizens?No
Minimum Age: 16

Great White Shark Cage Diving, Farallon IslandsGreat White Shark Cage Diving, Farallon Islands

One Day San Francisco Great White Shark Adventure

The Farallon Islands – Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

Our one-day shark adventures depart from Fisherman's Wharf in the heart of San Francisco. We typically depart for the Farallones before sunrise so we can be on location and have our shark cage in the water during peak sighting times.

Getting to and from the Farallones is half the fun. You'll travel to the Farallones aboard the Derek M Baylis, a specially-designed 65 ft sailing research vessel. If we're blessed with wind, we'll sail. If not, we'll motor. The Baylis provides a safe, comfortable and environmentally-friendly platform for research and education. She's the same vessel utilized by the Sanctuary's long-time white shark researchers.

Typical travel time to the islands is about three hours. During the trip offshore, we'll serve breakfast and our certified naturalist will fill your brain with shark facts and Sanctuary trivia. We may even show some shark videos!

Download Trip Details [pdf]

Great White Shark Cage Diving, Farallon Islands


There's No Shark Guarantee

We go to the best places at the best time of year with the best shark crew, but we cannot guarantee you'll see sharks. Our shark diving expeditions take place within a protected marine sanctuary. We are permitted to use a seal-shaped decoy to increase sightings, but we are not allowed to bait. We go to observe white sharks feeding on the local seal population.

If we see no sharks, THERE IS NO REFUND. If we are unable to deliver your adventure due to weather or unforeseen mechanical problems, THERE IS NO REFUND. If we are forced to cancel your scheduled trip, we will work with you to reschedule your cage dive or top-side experience for a future date during the same calendar year, or will provide you with the information necessary for submitting a trip insurance claim. THE PURCHASE OF TRIP INSURANCE IS MANDATORY.

Seasickness Happens

There is a good chance you'll experience a bit of seasickness on our shark adventures. Seas can be rough. Even our experienced shark dive crew still gets seasick from time to time. You can help minimize your chances by taking a seasickness remedy both the night before your great white shark trip and the morning of your trip. If you do start to feel poorly on the ride out to the Farallons, our staff is there to help you. Often a little time on the deck in the fresh air is all it takes to make you feel better.

Farallon IslandsFarallon Islands

For more information
Dive Discovery
1 800 886-7321
(415) 444-5100

Request Info