Caring for Destination
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
We have partnered with White Shark Projects, because they have set a bench mark for responsible tourism in the industry. This means that they are sharing the country's natural and cultural riches, whilst contributing positively to the preservation and growth of the local communitiy and environment. Amongst other initiatives, White Shark Projects also supports sustainable job creation, various upliftment projects and they help foster ecological awareness among surrounding communities.
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
White Shark Projects is grateful for the privilege and opportunity to work with the ocean's greatest predator. We aim to cause no harm and to enhance the chances of survival of this species.
White Shark Projects was founded in 1989 as a research centre. Since then it has grown its services to include a film department, diving and viewing centre and a separate conservation and educational department. Their dedicated shark team has been conducting population dynamics and behavioural research since 1991. We also run volunteer programs which will enable you to put any knowledge you gain into action by assisting in conservation and research. When you are on tour, you will listen to educational talks about why this species is to be respected and not feared.
Recognising the intrinsic relationship between healthy communities and sustainability, White Shark Projects is involved in community development projects. They are committed to social growth beyond just providing equitable employment; they provide much needed resources, foster positive relationships between business and community, and reverse / mitigate welfare dependencies amongst the local Masekhane community.
One of their most recent projects is the Masekhane/White Shark Projects Swop Shop. It combines conservation, social improvement and education in a unique way. The children of Masekhane collect recyclables (bottles, tins, plastics) and bring them to the White Shark Swop Shop. In return, they earn buying points that they "spend" in the shop on items such as soap, pencils, basic food items, and second-hand clothing. They can even save up for more expensive items, like toys. The shop runs completely on donations and only carries socially responsible items (i.e. not candies, etc).
The underlying vision of the Swop Shop is to empower these historically disadvantaged children, helping them grow into self-sufficient, contributing adults. By encouraging them to use what they have around them, they see that in small ways they can improve their lives. Plus they are recycling and creating a healthier community in the process.
In addition to supporting this project through participating in White Shark Project tours, you can volunteer at and donate to the Swop Shop. Popular items are calculators, stationery, storybooks, soap, tooth brushes, tooth paste, clothes, torches and stuffed toys.
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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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