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Diving bucket list: 11 must-do scuba dives before you die

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Guadalupe Island, Mexico
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Guadalupe Island, Mexico

Great whites are the ultimate sharks, and coming face to face with a predator more than five or six metres long should be on everyone's diving bucket list. Forget Jaws, these are not mindless predators but calculated hunters at the top of the food chain, and seeing them cruising by and actively checking you out will certainly raise your heartbeat. With the promise of clear blue water and multiple shark sightings, Isle Guadalupe is rapidly becoming the place for great whites. It is classed as being in Mexico, but it is also accessible from harbours in San Diego or San Francisco.

If you don't want to be restricted by a cage don't miss our guide to the best places to swim with sharks.

Best time to dive: the shark season runs from September through to December, with the peak being October through November

Water temperature: during shark season the waters average between 18-21°C, so while a 6-7mm semi-dry will work, a drysuit is a more comfortable option

Picture courtesy of Fernando Cortes/Shutterstock.com

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