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Shark Viewing in South Africa

 

 
 
 

 

 

 
   
 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Town - False Bay

This trip focuses on Natural predation, breaching and shark cage diving. We depart at 7h00 from Simon’s Town, to Seal Island and return to Simon’s Town at 12h30. We specialize in small groups (max 12 guests) so we are able to provide an intimate experience as well as having the opportunity to pass on our knowledge and passion for the sharks and the area. A smaller group also allows for better viewing opportunities and a longer cage dive. The cage is fixed to the boat and guests are allowed to snorkel in the cage.

All trips include: dive gear light lunch, snacks, fruit and refreshments on board. Our Vessel White Pointer II has been specially designed to include special features needed on a shark cage diving vessel to make the experience safe and comfortable. A 36ft long catamaran with a fully enclosed wrap around cabin and curved windscreens offer superb visibility from inside the cabin. She is also completely walk-around friendly allowing for the best viewing and photo opportunities.

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Winelands - Gansbaai 

Departures are at 7am or at 11.30am. After registration and some fresh percolated coffee and continental breakfast a short safety briefing will follow. After boarding the vessel we head out to Shark Alley. Our experienced crew scatter a scent trail into the water to attract the Great White Sharks which are sometimes circling ‘Shark Alley’ for seals. During this time, we prepare the first guests assisting them into their wet suits, and diving equipment that we provide.

The cage is suspended on the surface of the water right next to the boat. Once the sharks arrive and feel comfortable with the boat and cage in the water, the first divers get into the  cage, ready to see these magnificent animals face too face. Our Skipper will be standing above you on the boat, and he will let you know when the shark is within your viewing range, and which direction he is coming from. A video of your shark experience is available.

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Garden Route - Mossel Bay

A Typical Day - We meet an hour before launch time so you can relax, have some breakfast, chat to our staff and listen to the safety and boat trip briefing. The trip from the dock to the shark site is only about ten minutes so there is no long and tedious boat ride. In fact, Mossel Bay has the most accessible white sharks in the world. The bay is also very protected so our sea conditions are normally very calm and comfortable. The crew will provide a briefing..

Once we have sharks at the boat, the cage will go into the water and the diving will begin. Topside viewing is exciting for the non-diver and as the shark works very close to the surface you will have plenty of opportunity to take some action shots. This is not a jaws movie set so we do our best not to have the sharks banging into the boat and cage as this injures them and produces a false impression. A trip generally lasts for four hours and we offer a light lunch, snacks and drinks on the boat.  Upon return to the dock, we offer afternoon tea and hand out the certificate of the day to all our guests.

 

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Kwazulu-Natal - Shelly Beach

PROTEA BANKS - SOUTHERN PINNACLES:  (Depth 26 - 40m) Dived mainly in the summer months, this site is home to the notorious Bull Shark (Zambezi) which brings a great deal of notoriety to this world-renowned dive location.  Other sharks frequenting this reef include Hammerheads, Blacktips, Dusky, Guitar Sharks and a variety of rays.  For a fortunate few there is even the possibility of sighting the Tiger Shark.

PROTEA BANKS - NORTHERN PINNACLES:  (Depth 28-38m) This site, normally dived in winter months during the Ragged-Tooth mating season, allows divers to view "Raggies" in close proximity on their annual migration route. The area consists of two cave systems in which the "Raggies" congregate. At times it is impossible to see the mouth of the caves as it is completely obscured by masses of sharks!

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