Shark Cage Diving
Shark cage diving in South Africa is an adventure experience that will leave you breathless! Join us on our trips and see the Great White Shark up close in our floating shark cage. We have teamed up with White Shark Projects as they are consistently voted as the most successful white shark cage diving organisation in the world. The White Shark Projects boat, Shark Team is an 11 metre, 4 ton catamaran fitted with all the latest electronic and safety equipment. The boat was custom-built for shark cage diving, so there is plenty of space for everyone to view the sharks in comfort whether they are on deck or from the cage. While she can take 30 passengers, we have limited our licence to a maximum of 20 passengers plus crew to ensure client comfort.
The White Shark Projects complies with strict regulations laid down by Marine Coastal Management and local governing authorities. The company carries comprehensive public insurance and passenger liability. All safety equipment, first aid and life raft are on board as well as toilet facilities.
Your day begins with a scenic transfer from Cape Town to Gansbaai (+/- 2 hours). This road transfer is included in the rate. On arrival, a scrumptious buffet breakfast will be enjoyed. Suitably fortified, this is followed by the excitement of the boat launch and an adrenalin-packed day at sea, around Dyer Island and Geyser Rock.
This area is aptly named 'Shark Alley' and apart from sharks, it is inundated with African Jackass Penguins, Cape Fur Seals and, in season, Southern Right Whales!
As chum clouds the water, we wait, for the first dorsal fin to appear. It seldom takes long. Anticipation mounts as the cage is gently lowered and guests ready themselves for that first electrifying face to face encounter with he most powerful predator on earth, a Great White Shark.
Included in your trip price:
- Pickup and scenic transfer from Cape Town to Kleinbaai (approx 2 hours).
- Your day at sea and a lecture on board: the skipper of the day gives a short lecture on the Great White Shark. He explains how we work with the sharks in the area. We spend 2 to 4 hours at sea, depending on how often the sharks visit the boat. Be sure to ask as many questions as you can think up!
- Diving and viewing our cage takes 6 people at a time. Each person spends about 20 minutes in the cage. All diving equipment, including 7mm wetsuits, is provided – you don’t need any experience to cage dive.
- Picnic lunch on board our lunch boxes are packed with a freshly made sandwich (with a variety of fillings), sweets, crisps and assorted juices and soft drinks.
- Afternoon tea on your return to dry land, you're invited to join us for home made vegetable soup at our Lodge.
- A video of your trip
We provide all necessary diving and safety equipment for you to enjoy your cage diving experience in South Africa in comfort and security. We only ask that you bring suntan lotion, cap and sunglasses, a warm jersey/jacket and of course, a swimming suit. We will provide you with towels. If you know you are prone to motion sickness or even if you are unsure if you are, we advise you take medication before we depart so as not to spoil your adventure! And last tip – don’t forget your camera!!
• A swimming costume
• Sea-sickness tablets (take two hours before launch)
• Suntan lotion, a cap and sunglasses
• A warm jacket
• Comfortable shoes
Make sure you bring:
- suntan lotion, a cap and sunglasses
- sea sickness tablets (taken 2 hours before launch)
- a warm jacket and
- a swimming costume and towel
- comfortable shoes
Divers and non divers welcome. No diving experience necessary.
Please note that due to tides and collection schedules, we can only confirm exact collection times at 16h00 on the day prior to your trip.
Thorough weather checks are done prior to any trip. If bad weather prevents us from proceeding with a trip on any particular day, clients are informed and an alternative date is negotiated or an entire refund is given. If strong winds pick up while out at sea and a return to shore is required for the safety of passengers and crew, a refund is not applicable, but we will graciously offer a voucher for a free trip.
Remember, we are dealing with wild animals, so sightings cannot be guaranteed. Refunds are, therefore, not considered in the event of non-sightings. However, a second tour is offered free of charge. Due to variable weather conditions and shark activity, diving may not always be possible and is therefore not guaranteed.
Book for more than 30 people, contact us directly
We will collect you from your hotel in Cape Town.
NOTE: Exact collection times are therefore only available after 04:00 pm (16h00) the day before and may vary between 04:30 am and 11:30 am.
Best time to view sharks:
Dyer Island is a good place to see sharks all year round. So, weather permitting, our tours run every single day. But the prime viewing time is in our winter months when the sharks have a particularly active feeding pattern. The following guide is based on our observations over the past 8 years. Allow for an overlap between seasons.
The best season for viewing sharks:
Dyer Island is a good place to see sharks all year round. Weather permitting tours run every day. Prime viewing time is in our winter months when the sharks have a particularly active feeding pattern. The following guide is based on our observations over the past 8 years. Allow for an overlap between seasons.
Peak season: April to October (99% success rate) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
High season: November to December (90 – 99% success rate)
Intermediate season: January to March (80 – 90% success rate)
Water temperatures vary between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius during our peak and high season and between 10 and 16 degrees Celsius during our intermediate season.
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