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.
Designed to accommodate both divers and non-divers, you can be assured of safety and a once in a lifetime experience.
Our crew will then welcome you on board our custom built 36ft, 4 ton catamaran, “Shark Team”. Although she has a passenger capacity of 36, we limit passenger numbers to 20, offering a more intimate experience and providing greater comfort and increased viewing capability. You will be accompanied by our intrepid skippers, a Dive Master and support crew.
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.
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.
Your day begins with a scenic transfer from Cape Town to our Dive Lodge in Kleinbaai (+/- 2 hours). This road transfer is included in the rate. On arrival, your day will begin with a tasty continental breakfast and a safety briefing on current sightings, indemnities, wet suits and equipment. Our continental breakfast consists of yoghurt, cereals, toast, muffins, tea and coffee. 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.
Once we’ve reached our diving location and dropped anchor, our crew will create a scent trail, while you patiently await your electrifying first glimpse of the iconic fin breaking the water’s surface.
No dive is ever the same, so we can never predict what will happen once we are on site nor how many sharks we will see. Great Whites are incredibly nomadic and if you consider that there are less than 5000 of them left on our planet, even if you only see 1 shark on your dive, you can count yourself very fortunate. We spend 2 to 4 hours at sea, depending on how often the sharks visit the boat. Our cage takes 6 people at a time. Each person spends about 20 minutes in the cage. We provide all necessary diving and safety equipment for you to enjoy your cage diving experience in South Africa in comfort and security, including 7mm wetsuits. You don’t need a scuba license to cage dive.
Back on deck you will be able to observe shark activity which occurs close to the water surface. Lunch boxes containing a variety snacks will be on hand for you to enjoy at leisure, with soft drinks and juices offering added refreshment while you bask under South Africa’s legendary sunny skies.
After about 3 hours out at sea, you will be ready to return to shore where comforting soup awaits you, giving you a chance to regroup and share the day’s experiences before being driven back to your meeting point.
Included in your trip price:
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!!
Divers and non divers welcome. No diving experience necessary.
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.
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.
If cancellation is received less than 7 days prior to travel dates, 100% cancellation will be charged. If the client does not arrive for their tour (a no show) 100% cancellation fees apply.
All children 12 years and older will be charged the adult fare.
Children 11 years and younger will pay the child rate but will only stay on the boat.
(assuming 2 travellers)