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Shark Diving is a thrilling experience for anyone who wishes to face up to their fears or is after the thrill and adrenalin that this activity brings. Our conservation minded great white shark diving takes place inside a cage with mask and snorkel, in Cape Town South Africa. Our shark diving takes place in shark alley Gansbaai, where an abundance of great white sharks is prevalent, due to the amount of their primary food source - seals. Africa Diver offers great white shark cage dive tours - for one day, or longer. Each person on the boat gets at least one turn to get into a cage and face off against the greatest predators on earth, the great white shark. 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.

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.

Special Summer Price Including Transport, Please contact us for more information

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.

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.

How much does this cost? - see above

- Collection from your hotel or guest house in Cape Town
- Transport to and from Gansbaai
- Breakfast in Gansbaai
- Shark Dive briefing
- Diving Kit and equipment as required
- One or more shark dives (note that you can dive as often as you like, depending on time
  available and the number of divers on the boat
- Lunch
- Wet suit if required
- Return trip to Cape Town



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