White Shark Cage Diving
White Shark Cage Diving: Gansbaai
White Shark Cage Diving (1 Day)
Guests are collected in the Cape Town Metropole and taken on a 2-hour drive over Sir Lowry’s pass through Hermanus to Gansbaai.
On arrival enjoy breakfast at a local cafe, and attend a briefing in preparation for your day out on the boat.
Launch the shark boat for a 20-minute boat ride out to Dyer Island for 5 hours in the shark infested waters.
Return to the harbour and start the road journey back to Cape Town. Many people sleep on this part of the tour because they have used so much adrenaline in the morning!
Arrival in Cape Town.
Off the South coast of South Africa at Gansbaai, Dyer Island and Geyser Rock in Shark Alley.
The high season is the winter season from June till October, when there is a success rate of 95% from the boat and 90% from the dive cage. This is due to the warmer water (15° C – 21° C) and the improved underwater visibility of between 5 to 15 meters.
On an average day at this time You may see between 3 to 8 different sharks ranging in size from 3 to 4.5 meters in length.
From November till May when the success rate is 60% from the boat and 20% from the dive cage. This is due to the colder water (12° C – 15° C) and the reduced underwater visibility of between 2 – 5 meters.
The sharks seen at this time generally range in size from 2.5 to 3.5 meters.
Can I see sharks if I do not dive?
Yes, surface viewing is highly recommended.
The shark viewing take 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
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 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 tourists safety is in question.