Great white sharks have been called the greatest killing machines in earth, and now is your turn to get close and personal to one of these great creatures, on our shark cage dive.
What happens on the day of my great white shark dive?
On the day of your shark diving in Cape Town, we will whisk you off to the South coast of South Africa at Gansbaai, Dyer Island and Geyser Rock in Shark Alley for a white shark shark cage diving experience like you have never had before. Shark diving has become a very popular and desirable activity and we work only with the top conservationists in the Cape Town shark cage diving industry. We use the Gansbaai location as chances of shark sightings are better than in False Bay.
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Do I need a diving qualification? What if I have never dived before? and other frequently asked questions.
You can do your Cape Town shark dive either with mask and snorkel (as most people do) or with full scuba. The reason that most people use just mask and snorkel is because firstly the bubbles from the scuba scares away the sharks and secondly the cage is suspended in the water with the top of the cage just out of the water which allows you to pop your head up and breathe. So anyone can dive with sharks in Cape Town - you do not need to be a scuba diver or have any scuba qualification.
WHERE IS DYER ISLAND?
WHERE IS SEAL ISLAND, FALSE BAY?
HOW LONG IS THE BOAT RIDE?
HOW LONG ARE WE AT SEA FOR?
HOW DO YOU ATTRACT SHARKS TO THE BOAT?
HOW LONG DO WE HAVE TO WAIT TO SEE SHARKS?
HOW LONG WILL THE SHARKS STAY AT THE BOAT FOR?
WHAT TIME OF THE YEAR IS BEST FOR SHARK DIVING & VIEWING?
HOW MANY DAYS SHOULD I BOOK FOR?
IS THE CAGE SAFE?
HOW LONG DO I STAY IN THE CAGE FOR?
DO THE BOATS FEED THE SHARKS?
HOW OLD DO MY CHILDREN HAVE TO BE TO GO IN THE CAGE?
DO I NEED A SCUBA DIVING QUALIFICATION?
DO I HAVE TO DIVE TO SEE SHARKS?
DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN DIVE GEAR?
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
HOW CAN I AVOID FEELING SEA SICK?
WHAT IF I GET SEASICK AND WANT TO GO BACK TO SHORE?
DO I NEED TO SPEND THE NIGHT IN GANSBAAI?
WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO IN GANSBAAI?
WHAT TIME DOES THE BOAT LAUNCH?
CAN WE RENT CAMERAS OR VIDEO EQUIPMENT?
DO YOU SUPPORT RESEARCH?
WHAT ELSE CAN WE SEE AT DYER ISLAND?
WHAT IS THE COST OF A TRIP?
IS CAGE DIVING ALWAYS POSSIBLE?
DO YOU GIVE REFUNDS IF THERE ARE NO SHARKS?
Below is a typical day spent cage diving:
06:00 am: Guests are collected in Cape Town and taken on a 2-hour drive over Sir Lowry's pass through Hermanus to Gansbaai.
08:00 am: On arrival enjoy you will enjoy a breakfast at a local restaurant and attend a briefing of the day.
09:00 am: We launch the shark boat for a 20-minute boat ride out to Dyer Island for 5 hours in the shark infested waters.
15:00 pm: Return to the harbour and we make our way back towards Cape Town via Betty's Bay.
16:00 pm: Visit the African penguin colony at the Hendrik Verwoerd reserve at Betty's Bay.
17:30 pm: Return to Cape Town
Dive information: It is an advantage to have a basic open water one certificate to enter the cage. The cage accommodates two divers. The dive time is 10 to 20 minutes with an optional second dive. The dive party may range in size from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 12 divers.
What types of sharks can be seen? Only Great White Sharks, unsurprisingly other lesser sharks tend to keep a low profile in their territories. What other marine life can I see? Southern Right Whales (winter season), Cape Fur Seals, African Penguin "Jackass Penguin", schools of bottlenose dolphins (summer season) and abundant sea birds.
The shark viewing takes place at a distance of 11.5 km out to sea from a 33 foot long boat.
Bring: Camera, sunblock, hat, jacket, towel and seasick tablets if you are prone to motion sickness.
Please note: The great white shark is a wild animal in its own environment and we cannot guarantee sightings of, or dives with the sharks. The weather is also a factor and the trip can be cancelled at very short notice if the tourist’s safety is in question.