Incredible Adventures offers its great white shark adventures off the coast of San Francisco under the guidelines of a permit issued to Incredible Adventures by the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. (Permit GFNMS-2010-005)
The permit authorizes Incredible Adventures to use decoys to actively attract white sharks near its boat and shark cage. The decoys must be constructed of a soft material and shaped like a marine mammal native to the area.
Who Can Dive
We try to limit our San Francisco Dive Adventures to adults only. Some exceptions are made for teenagers or dive certified youngsters with extensive experience on the water. The day at the Farallones is a long one and seas can be rough. A seasick or grumpy child would ruin the trip for everyone. Please understand if we tell you your 8 year old isn’t welcome.
No dive experience is necessary for those 18 and over. Our shark boats are staffed with certified dive instructors who oversee the safety of those in the shark cage. We use a hookah-style system. Air hoses extend down into the cage to allow for easy breathing.
If you’re a cage diver, you’ll need to bring your own mask. It doesn’t have to be an expensive item….just a mask that fits you and is suitable for snorkeling. We provide our cage divers with everything else they will need for their time in the cage, including a hooded wetsuit, gloves, booties and weight belt. We also have plenty of towels on board.
If you plan to spend the day topside, remember to dress warmly. We recommend dressing yourself in layers, because it can be warm and sunny one minute and cold and foggy the next. We have some cameras and binoculars on the boat, but you may wish to bring your own.
We provide plenty of food and beverages for the day. If you have a special request, don’t hesitate to ask. We can’t make any promises, but we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
Do Topsiders Have Fun Too?
Definitely! We put our topside observers to work manning our seal decoys and watching the horizon for fins. You’ll hang out with our naturalists and deck staff, learning about white sharks and the Farallones and having an incredible time. Get ready to yell “SHARK!!”
Do I Need to Stay at Fisherman’s Wharf?
Not at all. It’s the most convenient place to stay, but we realize it’s not the cheapest place to stay. Our boat departs from the Hyde Street Pier at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. There are several hotels within walking distance. (If you need hotel names and phone numbers, contact Sheri in the Incredible Adventures Office by email or phone.) You’re welcome, however to stay anywhere, as long as you make your way to the dock at the appropriate time. We don’t hold the boat for anyone, so don’t be late for your date with a white shark!