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For Immediate Release
Contact: Jane Reifert
Sarasota, FL
800-644-7382 / 941-346-2603

Sharks Lure Tourists to San Francisco's Farallon Islands

The chance to dive with great white sharks is attracting tourists from all over the world to San Francisco's Farallon Islands. Incredible Adventures offers one-day shark viewing adventures on select dates in September, October and November.

July 07, 2011 - San Francisco, California is still best known for its Golden Gate Bridge, trolley cars, sourdough bread and sports teams, but the city's reputation as one of the best places in the world to see a great white shark is rapidly spreading. Sarasota, Florida based Incredible Adventures has been offering great shark viewing expeditions to San Francisco's Farallon Islands since 2005 and has seen a significant increase in the number of shark divers traveling to San Francisco from other states and other countries.

"In 2005, only 35% of our clients lived outside of California," said Incredible Adventures President Jane Reifert. "Last year, 58% of our customers were from outside of the state, including a record 18% from other countries."

The Farallon Islands are located roughly 27 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge and are part of the larger Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Sharks are the bait that lure tourists to the islands, but the Farallones also are home to one of the country's largest seabird colonies and a number of endangered mammals, including blue and humpback whales.

Sanctuary regulations greatly restrict access to the islands and surrounding waters. Incredible Adventures operates under the terms of a Sanctuary permit and offers its shark expeditions on select dates in September, October and November, when a significant number of sharks are in the area to fee on the local elephant seals.

Participants on an Incredible Adventures shark expedition spend a full day aboard the New Eldorado III, a high-speed catamaran built for speed and stability offshore. The vessel departs from San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf and provides a comfortable and stable platform for dive operations and nature viewing. Each trip is staffed with a certified dive instructor and a highly knowledgeable naturalist/marine biologist.

No dive experience is required. The Incredible Adventures shark cage floats so cage divers essentially snorkel at the surface, breathing air from an onboard air system. Onboard meals and the use of a wetsuit are included in the trip price. Cage divers pay $875 and anyone just wanting to observe sharks from the deck pays $375.

Incredible Adventures is careful to point out that they cannot guarantee participants will see white sharks. "We take you to the best place at the best time of the year, but we can't control nature," says Reifert. "Our team wants to see white sharks just as badly as you do, and will do everything they legally can to make sure you have an incredible adventure."

For more information and a complete list of survival training dates and locations, contact Incredible Adventures at 941-346-2603 or visit

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