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Great White Shark Cage Dive with Transfers from Cape Town

Truly an experience of a lifetime, enjoy the ultimate adrenaline rush as you get up close and personal with the world's premier predator - the Great White Shark.

Depart for Gansbaai and then enjoy a continental breakfast at the White Shark Lodge before a short boat trip to Dyer Island. A haven for marine birds and home to 50,000 Cape Fur Seals, the area has become a magnet for Great White Sharks and offers fantastic opportunities to view this magnificent predator from both above and below the surface.

The skipper of the day gives a short lecture on shark anatomy and behaviour. He explains how White Sharks Projects works with the sharks in the area and how you will spend the next few hours viewing these wondrous predators in their natural habitat. Once you are fully briefed on all procedures, the action begins as the crew ‘chums’ the cruise area and you wait with bated breath for your initial glimpse of the first shark fin. Sharks are usually wary at first and the captain will wait a while for them to settle before lowering the dive cage.

Once the skipper has decided upon the best site, you will get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the water in a shark cage. The cage takes 4-5 people at a time and you will spend around 20 minutes in the water surrounded by these magnificent creatures. All equipment, including 7mm wetsuits, is provided and you don't need a scuba licence to cage dive.

The crew will work with individual sharks and you can enjoy topside viewing during your wait as shark activity is often close to the surface. In fact, Great Whites are also known for their ‘spy hopping’ – breaching right out of the water in pursuit of prey. Topside viewing can yield a lot of those action shots. If you change your mind and do not want to enter the water, you can simply enjoy the surface viewing – sharks naturally feed at the surface so photo opportunities abound.

The shark cage dive takes place on Shark Team, a 36 ft, 4-ton catamaran with all the latest electronic and safety equipment. The boat was custom-built for shark diving, so there is plenty of space for everyone to view the sharks in comfort. It holds up to 30 passengers and the crew consists of experienced Skippers, a qualified Paramedic, a Dive Master and friendly, helpful staff. They operate with the benefit of 15 years’ experience in Great White Shark research, conservation and eco-tourism, behind them.

Lunch boxes consisting of bread rolls with a variety of fillings, sweets, crisps and assorted juices and soft drinks are provided on board the boat and upon return to harbour you are invited to hot soup and breads at the White Shark Lodge.

You will spend around four hours at sea, depending on the frequency of shark visits to the boat.

Great White Shark Viewing Seasons:

  • High Season: May - October
  • Intermediate Season: April; November - January
  • Low Season: February - March

Experience Includes

  • Hotel Pick-up and Drop off from Cape Town and Hermanus Hotels
  • Boat trip to Dyer Island to view the Great White Sharks and Cape Fur Seals
  • Memorable shark cage dive
  • Use of all equipment including 7mm wetsuits
  • Breakfast, packed lunch at sea, hot soup and breads upon return.

Experience Excludes

  • Optional Gratuities

Departs

Daily, year round (weather and sea conditions permitting).

Start times

Collection times are dependent on tides and weather conditions so they can vary between 4.30am and 11.30am.

Duration

Around 8 hours door to door with approximately 4 hours at sea.

Terms & Conditions

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • There is a minimum age requirement of 6 years. Children 6-16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Children between 16-18 years that are unaccompanied by parents should have a written consent from a legal guardian.
  • White Shark Projects is committed to the conservation of Great White Sharks and was instrumental in getting the white shark protected under South African law in 1991. They work tirelessly to educate visitors about this amazing creature to enhance the chances of survival.
  • Spectators do not get a discounted rate for this experience.
  • Although weather checks are done prior to every trip, if bad weather prevents from going to sea on any particular day, clients will be informed and an alternate date negotiated or an entire refund is given. If strong winds pick up while at sea and a return to shore is required for the safety of passengers and crew, a refund is not applicable but you will be offered a voucher for a complimentary trip.
  • Please keep in mind that we are dealing with wild animals so sightings cannot be guaranteed. Refunds are therefore not considered in the event of no shark activity. However, a second tour will be offered free of charge.
  • Due to variable weather conditions and shark activity, diving may not always be possible and is therefore not guaranteed.
  • All necessary diving and safety equipment will be provided. Please wear a wwimming costume, bring towel and sunscreen. A comfortable pair of shoes, a warm jumper/jacket and sunglasses are recommended as well as seasickness tablets for anyone who is affected at sea