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Great White Shark Cage Dive

Duration: Half Day

Great White Shark Cage Dive

If you want to do something brave and adventurous whilst on holiday in Cape Town, it would be difficult to find something more exhilarating that a Great White Shark Cage Dive. This tour will enable you get into the water and meet these fascinating wild creatures face to face, safely accompanied by experienced guides. Not to be missed, this is an experience of a lifetime.

Departing from Cape Town, we travel to the small fishing village of Gansbaai where breakfast will be served at the White Shark Lodge. You will then take a short walk down to Kleinbaai Harbour, where you will climb aboard Shark Team, a 11-meter catamaran which was custom-built for shark diving, to take a short boat ride out to Dyer Island. This important nature reserve is a haven for thosands of sea birds, including cormorants, gulls, terns and African penguins, whilst the neighbouring smaller island Geyser Rock is home to over 50,000 Cape Fur Seals. In season, whales and dolphins can also be spotted in the area. Dyer Island is most famously known as the Great White Shark diving capital of the world, and tours are operated daily in the stretch of water aptly named "Shark Alley".

During the boat trip, your skipper will give a short lecture on shark anatomy and behaviour before reaching the best site for shark diving. The crew will then lure the sharks closer to the boat with food – a process known as “chumming” or “baiting”. Once the sharks begin circling the boat, you will be invited to enter the water in a special diving cage – if you feel brave enough! Made from galvanized steel, the cage takes 2-3 people at a time and is specially designed to withstand the bite of a Great White whilst enabling the diver to gain a good view of the sharks up close. You will spend around 20 minutes in the water surrounded by these incredible creatures, but if you change your mind and don’t want to enter the water, you can simply enjoy observing the sharks from special viewing platforms on the boat. Sharks naturally feed at the surface so there will be plenty of exciting photo opportunities.

The whole shark diving experience is an education in itself. Sharks are one of the world's most feared animals, with their rows of huge teeth and incredible sense of smell, which can detect the blood of an injured animal from over a kilometre away. However, they are often greatly misunderstood. Spending time face to face in the water with the awesome Great White Shark will enable you see these magnificent predators in a different light, and how they should be respected not feared. No diving experience is required as the cages have breathing tubes attached to the boat. Diving equipment and wetsuits will be provided, and the friendly, trained crew on board will be on hand to give you plenty of advice and support.

With over 15 years of experience in Great White Shark research, conservation and eco-tourism behind them, you will be in the best of hands. A Videographer will also be on the boat filming the whole experience for you to relive once you get back home. Returning to harbour, you will be invited for lunch and refreshments at the White Shark Lodge before heading back to Cape Town.

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