Cost & Payments
Costs (in US$)
|Type ||Description ||Cost Per Person |
|Premium Suite ||Double occupancy with one queen-sized bed (or two beds), separate lounge with convertible futon, large picture windows, air conditioning, desk, wardrobe, two TVs, and private bath with full bathtub. On Upper Deck. (Emerald) ||$5,000 |
|Superior Suite ||Double occupancy, picture window, air conditioning, wardrobe, and private bath. The Rosario and Nautilus have one quasi-king-sized bed (two beds made into one king) and doors that open directly outside. The Dofleini has one queen-sized bed and a TV. On Upper Deck. (Dofleini, Rosario, Nautilus) ||$4,375 |
|Single Stateroom ||Single occupancy with one full-sized bed, porthole window, air conditioning, and private bath. On Lower Deck. (Staterooms A and B) ||$4,675 |
|Double Stateroom ||Double occupancy with two twin-sized beds, porthole window, air conditioning, and private bath. On Lower Deck. (Staterooms C, D, E, F, G, and J) ||$3,850 |
|Triple Stateroom ||Triple occupancy with two lower twin-sized beds and one upper twin-sized bed, porthole window, air conditioning, and private bath. On Lower Deck. (Stateroom H) ||$3,550 |
We reserve the right to charge for cost increases that occur between when we set tour prices and the date of travel, for example, changes due to the cost of lodging and transportation. If you are a single traveler and you desire, we will find a roommate for you. If we cannot find you a roommate, we will not charge you a single supplement.
Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific cabin number. If changes occur, we will do everything in our power to assign a cabin of equal or greater value as the cabin type specified in your reservation. Deck plan, cabin arrangements, and cabin amenities are subject to change by ship operator.
|Payment ||Due Date ||Amount Per Person |
|Deposit ||Due now to reserve your space ||$500 |
|Second ||September 1, 2017 ||$1,000 |
|Final ||April 1, 2018 ||Remaining balance |
Payments will be due based on the schedule above. All reservations require a deposit to confirm reservation of your space. For reservations made after a due date, all past payments will be due with registration. By sending your initial deposit, you agree to accept our payment schedule and cancellation policy as a contract. If payments are still outstanding two weeks after the due date, your space may be forfeited.
Refunds are given depending on the time left before departure according to the following table. The cancellation fee of $300 per person can be applied toward another tour if reserved within six months of the cancelled trip’s departure date. Cancellations are non-transferrable. Consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance that could reimburse your trip costs in the event of your cancellation.
|Dates ||Forfeited Amount per Person |
|On or before January 31, 2018 ||$300 |
|February 1 to February 28, 2018 ||10% of tour cost |
|March 1 to March 31, 2018 ||40% of tour cost |
|On or after April 1, 2018 - no refund after final payment date. ||100% of tour cost |
September air temperatures range from 60–80° F during the day and can drop to 45–55° F at night (7–26° C). Water temperatures average 72° F (22° C). September is the tail end of the dry season for the Pacific Coast.
Minimal fitness is required to join this shark safari, but your fitness and in-water ability enrich the experience. Getting in the water is not required; we’ve shared this safari with travelers who had wonderful experiences shark watching from the ship. To get the most out of this safari you should be comfortable in the water, and getting in and out of the water via a ladder. We recommend you spend time swimming at a pool or similar before your trip to make sure you are comfortable in water. If you would like to use the 30-foot deep sea cages, you must be SCUBA certified.
Airfare is not included in trip costs. Detailed logistical information and the contact information for our recommended flight-ticketing agent are included in the Trip Materials we will send you. Please let us know if you are arriving earlier or staying later as we are happy to assist you with any extra overnights that you might want to arrange.
Flights you (or a travel agent) book: Arrive in San Diego, California (SAN) no later than 5pm on September 6. Depart from San Diego, California (SAN) after 9pm on September 11.
What are the shark cages like?
The Nautilus Explorer has four shark cages. Two cages are submersible to 30ft and two remain at the surface. In both the submersible and surface cages, you will use a hookah breathing system with air coming directly from the boat’s compressor. Do not worry if you have never used hookah systems before, because we will demonstrate its use and a divemaster will be with you in the cage at all times.
Do I have to be SCUBA certified for this safari?
You do not need a SCUBA certification to enjoy lots of time with the sharks in the surface cages. If you are SCUBA certified, you can also use the submersible cages. If you are not certified, and want to use the submersible cages, you should get SCUBA certified before this safari. The best resources to find SCUBA certification courses near you are the two largest diving certification programs: PADI and NAUI
Is cage viewing safe for the sharks and people?
Our goal is to keep our guests safe and also to protect our growing shark population. To that end, we teach and ask for responsible shark interactions that do not impact or change the behavior of these magnificent animals. We do not use oil, chum or blood. A piece of tuna, wrapped in a burlap sack, is all the sharks need to know we have arrived. We do not feed the sharks at any time. Conservation efforts continue at night when we kick back in the salon and identify who we spent the day with. And should you discover that you hung out with a great white shark not yet catalogued, yes, the naming rights are all yours.
Don’t let a fear of seasickness scare you away! For all but the most sensitive, seasickness is rarely a problem in this region. It’s a good idea to bring medication if you get seasick or are unsure, but you may find that you do not need it after a couple days once you have your “sea legs.” Even those who have experienced seasickness reported that the incredible wildlife and overall experience were well worth the temporary discomfort. Read our suggestions for coping with seasickness and contact us if you have any concerns.