The San Diego Mako Shark Expedition offers an unparalleled chance to snorkel with Mako sharks in their natural habitat, all within a structured, safe, and eco-conscious shark encounter.
Experience the thrill of snorkeling with Mako Sharks on a fantastic ocean adventure aboard our Zodiac 21' Zodiac boat. Our semi-private expeditions cater to small groups of four guests with a maximum capacity of six passengers and depart from Friday to Sunday.
Although no scuba diving experience is needed, we require you to be familiarized with snorkeling and in good physical shape.
May - September (This is the Mako Shark Season, Blue sharks are to be find from October trough April)
Location of Departure/Return:
Expeditions depart most weekends at 9:00 AM (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) from Mission Bay, San Diego California, returning to the dock at approximately 4:30 PM.
*We might return at a different time depending on weather conditions and our guest's preferences.
*Taxes and booking fees are not included in the price.
*Cost is per person.
*Nondiver tickets available for $250 (Please ask)
Although never expected, gratuities are a great way of saying thanks to our hardworking crew.
Please let us know if your group is larger as we're able to accommodate up to two (nonswimmers) for an extra fee.
Please note that a minimum of three guests are needed for this expedition to run.
If we don't reach the minimum threshold on your expedition we'll let you know and you'll be presented with the following options:
A) Purchase an additional ticket. (To meet the threshold)
C) Ask for a refund.
Light meals, water, and healthy snacks. You are welcome to bring your own food. *Please let us know if you have any food allergies.
Snorkel equipment (Fins, Mask, 5 or 7mm Wetsuit) not included. Please let us know if you need us to provide snorkel equipment for an additional fee.
We recommend you bring a warm set of clothes and a towel. Layering works great. We’ll be most of the day under the sun so please bring reef-safe sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
If prone to seasickness, we recommend you to take a dose of seasickness medicine the night before your expedition and another one before the trip.
Please note our Zodiac boat cruises at 20+ mph and although our Captain will maneuver to avoid 'bumps' there's always the possibility to encounter unexpected rough seas. With this in mind, we do not recommend our expeditions for people with back or neck problems.
Is it safe to swim with Mako Sharks?
At NZE we have a 100% Safety record; no one has ever been bit or injured in our expeditions. Always have in mind that sharks are wild animals and that we’re entering their habitat, caution and respect are key, our shark expert guides will brief you on the proper techniques to safely snorkel with these beautiful animals assuring a safe, fun, and educational shark snorkeling experience.
Are we snorkeling inside a cage?
This is a cage-less adventure.
What kind of behavior can we expect from Mako sharks?
Mako sharks are naturally inquisitive, however, their behavior varies on an individual basis. Some approach swiftly and others are more cautious.
We'll brief you on the adequate shark swimming techniques in place, to enjoy a wonderful and safe encounter.
I Don't have a wetsuit, mask, or fins. Can I rent one from you?
We work with a third-party provider offering fitting rooms located just 6 miles from our marina where you can try and rent all the snorkeling gear you'll need for this trip.
Depending on your needs, the kit rental cost ranges from $30.00 to $40.00 per day. Please let us know if you'll need to rent equipment and we'll point you in the right direction.
Can I touch the sharks?
Human skin is coated with oils and bacteria, which can damage marine wildlife. Touching sharks or any other wildlife is strictly prohibited (Even when using gloves). Please remember, we are guests in their environment, bring your ocean etiquette.
What is the minimum age required for this expedition?
You must be at least 18 years old to participate in this activity. *We may be able to make exceptions for younger diver-certified guests accompanied by their legal guardians.
Do I need to be certified as a diver?
This is a snorkeling experience, as such, you are not required to be certified as a Diver. However, we require you to be in good physical shape, comfortable in the water, and familiar with snorkeling. If in doubt, please reach out to us. We reserve the right to provide this service if we deem you unqualified. The safety of our guests and the wildlife we visit is paramount, thank you for understanding.
Which other species of sharks we might encounter on this expedition?
This is a Mako shark expedition however, we might also encounter and snorkel with Blue Sharks. Especially in the spring and fall months when the water is colder. Although uncommon there’s also the chance to see hammerheads.
Please note that to the unpredictable nature of wildlife, we are not in a position to guarantee any shark sightings. However, we’ll do our best to improve our chances. Be reassured. There's always something wonderful to discover at sea. Patience is a well-rewarded virtue in the open ocean.
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I highly recommend Netzero Expeditions for your next marine wildlife adventure in San Diego! Manolo, Noemi, and Scott are not only passionate professionals but are very personable and engaging. It felt like I was having a day on the water with my mates. We had a great day as their expert knowledge located mako sharks and mola mola to swim with. Amazing! Thank you.