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Guadalupe Island lies 150 miles / 241 kilometers off the West coast of Mexico, South of San Diego and approximately 250 miles / 400 kilometers southwest of the city of Tijuana on the Baja California peninsula. This remarkable volcanic island is environmentally isolated from the mainland by deep water -- which at its greatest depths plunges to more than 12,000 feet / 3,657 meters.
This extraordinary locale is 22 miles / 35 km long and varies in width from 3 to 6 miles / 5 to 10 km. The Northern crest of the island soars to 4200 feet / 1,300 meters. This high peak slices the clouds and produces some very unusual vortices which can be seen from space.
To the South of Guadalupe, the smaller islands of Afuera and Adentro rise from the ocean floor and are known to be tremendous dive sites.
Summer brings clear blue water with visibility exceeding 100 feet / 30.5 meters. Suffused by oceanic currents, Guadalupe is visited by diverse pelagic creatures such as oceanic whitetip sharks, pilot whales, beaked whales, yellowfin and bluefin tuna, and rare varieties of zooplankton. Encounters with marine animals such as elephant seals, sea lions and the endangered Guadalupe fur seals are frequent.
Guadalupe's coastline is home to varied coastal species, including triggerfish, garibaldi, butterflyfish, parrotfish, lobster, a variety of reef invertebrates, and of course -- great white sharks.
Guadalupe is perhaps best known for its great white sharks - the largest great whites in the world. Great whites ranging in size from 12 to 16 feet / 3.6 to 4.8 meters in length are not uncommon. This population of great whites is also remarkable for their girth; these are some truly large and remarkable animals.
The presence of these amazing sharks, combined with the clarity of the water and its incredible visibility, make Guadalupe an amazing location for shark photography.
On average, the water temperature at Guadalupe varies between 70 °- 75° F / 21° - 24° C. For thermal protection, plan on using a 7 mm wetsuit, hood and boots. A drysuit may be a good alternative for longer immersion, or for those who prefer to be a bit warmer.