We pioneered Great White Shark Diving at Guadalupe Island. Expeditions to the island depart directly out of San Diego on the 88’ Islander and we guarantee you will see great white sharks or you’ll join us again for free. So pick a trip, step on board and get ready to get “up close and personal”!
Ask yourself… “when I visit San Diego do I want the experience of a life time or do I want to hang out and do the same things everyone else does?” If you’re looking for safe fun, excitement AND the adventure of a lifetime then San Diego Shark Diving Expeditions is for you.
These are All-Inclusive adventures! We provide everything you need-spacious vessel, private or semi private quarters, good food & beverage, super crew, all diving equipment, diving guidance and, most important, Great White Sharks!
As a 21st birthday present to himself he took scuba lessons in 1969. After transferring to San Diego State U. in 1970 he signed up for the first advanced scuba certification offered as an extension class taught by Mark Flahan who was the diving safety officer at SDSU. He progressed as an assistant instructor helping Flahan with the basic classes and eventually earned his NAUI instructor rating in 1974 as Instructor # 3734.
After graduation from SDSU he went back to an old skill of building custom boats, until 1982 when he was offered the diving operations manager position at the old Tortuga Club located at the East End of Grand Cayman Is. That was some good diving! He transferred to the Spanish Cove Resort at the NW end of the island in 1984 where he focused on just being a divemaster and boat captain. It was a pretty hot resort back then. Peter Hughes subsequently asked Doc if he wanted to take over the manager’s position of Dive Bonaire.
Doc worked there until Sept of 1985 when he returned to San Diego to get “re-civilized” Right back to building boats again and an occasional captain gig until 1993 when he got an “out of the blue” call from Bob Cranston. Bob owned San Diego Shark Diving at the time and was looking for someone to come in and take over the business. The rest is history.
Now we’re looking for new adventures with sharks around the world. To hear it from Doc-“This is the one job that really fits my personality, unfortunately now I’ve gotten myself into a situation where I am no longer employable at a “real” job so I’d better be good at the ‘sharkin’.
The MV Islander, the vessel he uses exclusively for Guadalupe Island trips, is ‘manned’ by a minimum of seven crew members who most often are multi-certified as captains, master divers and all around great ‘sharkers’.
Doc uses the same approach for all his other expeditions, partnering with the very best boats and crews around the world to insure a safe and outstanding adventure!
“All of the procedures we adhered to were designed to give us the maximum amount of time in the water. We had comfortable beds, good food, and great service. Most importantly, the crew and the boat delivered many great white sharks for our viewing pleasure.”Eric Cheng
“Guadalupe Island in Mexico has become the ‘Holy Grail’ for those in search of Great White Sharks.”Douglas Siefert
“The best underwater shark action I’ve ever had the privilege to view.”Stephen Frink
“In October 2001 I took a trip to Guadalupe Island with Paul Anes, owner of San Diego Shark Diving. We had white sharks every day and sometimes four around the boat at a time. The trip leaves from San Diego, CA. The trip was absolutely amazing.”Howard Hall
“This will be my fourth [trip to Guadalupe Island with Doc], and it won't be the last. It's completely addictive.”Mark Carwardine
“The shark operation at Guadalupe Island run by Doc Anes is a revelation to me....You just couldn't ask for a better operation.”Peter Benchley
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