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Get Up Close and Personal!

We pioneered Great White Shark Diving at Guadalupe Island. So pick a trip, step on board and get ready to get “up close and personal”!

Fun and Excitement!

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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.

About Us

Guadalupe IslandDoc is the Owner/Instructor of SD Shark Diving, was the pioneer who started the Great White Shark diving tours at Guadalupe Island and has been actively conducting shark diving tours since 1994.
San Diego Shark Diving Expeditions, Inc. was founded by noted underwater film makers and photographers Bob Cranston and Marty Synderman in 1986. By 1993 both Marty and Bob were getting so many film assignments that they needed someone to come in and take over the shark diving business that they had started. In late 1993 Paul “Doc” Anes purchased the company, retaining Bob Cranston as a consultant.

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’.


  • “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 Photographer
  • “Guadalupe Island in Mexico has become the ‘Holy Grail’ for those in search of Great White Sharks.”

    Douglas Siefert Photographer, Writer
  • “The best underwater shark action I’ve ever had the privilege to view.”

    Stephen Frink Photographer
  • “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 Filmmaker, Producer
  • “This will be my fourth [trip to Guadalupe Island with Doc], and it won't be the last. It's completely addictive.”

    mark-carwardine Mark Carwardine Author, Broadcaster, Photographer
  • “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 Peter Benchley Author

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