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From Hermanus or Cape Town: Shark Cage Diving Experience

1. From Hermanus or Cape Town: Shark Cage Diving Experience

Discover the excitement of meeting a great white shark on this day trip. Choose from a tour with hotel pickup in Hermanus or Cape Town or a tour where you can meet the boat directly in Gansbaai. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and lunch and get a certificate for your shark cage dive. First, enjoy breakfast at the stunning Lodge. The continental breakfast consists of freshly made muffins, quiches, yogurt, cereals, toast and cold meats, tea, and coffee. Meet your skipper for the day, who has extensive experience working in the unique marine area off the southern Cape coast. The skippers log more contact with great white sharks than anyone else worldwide. Have a brief introductory presentation on the Great White Shark and learn how the activity provider works with the sharks in the area. Spend 2 to 4 hours at sea, depending on how often the sharks visit the boat. Be sure to ask as many questions as you wish. Hop into the cage, which takes 6 people at a time. Each person spends about 20 minutes in the cage. All scuba equipment, including 7 mm wetsuits, is provided – you don’t need a scuba licence to cage dive. On your return to dry land, you will return to the Lodge for a light lunch.

Cape Town: Gansbaai Eco-Friendly Shark Cage Diving Cruise

2. Cape Town: Gansbaai Eco-Friendly Shark Cage Diving Cruise

Discover the thrill of diving with sharks in the safety of a cage with this tour from Cape Town. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and head to Dyer Island to hop in the water with sharks. Have snacks and drinks onboard and end your experience with soup access to the African penguin and seabird sanctuary. If the transfer option is selected, your adventure will start pickup from your hotel in Cape Town. Take a drive along a scenic route to get to your destination – the Great White House. Once there, enjoy a breakfast or lunch before a safety briefing about what to expect. Then, stroll to the harbor to board a dedicated shark-diving vessel. Journey to Dyer Island and drop anchor where the sharks reside. Your boat will have all the amenities, along with drinks and snacks for your comfort. Collect your waterproof bag containing your dive kit and then get up close to these magnificent animals in their natural environment, protected of course by a cage. You'll be completely safe, but your adrenaline will be pumping like crazy. This is sure to be an experience you will never forget. Travel through shark alley if conditions permit before returning to land for a debriefing and a warm bowl of soup. Then, enjoy free entry to the African penguin and seabird sanctuary on your way back to Cape Town (if option is selected).

Gansbaai: Shark Dive & Whale Watching Combo Boat Trip

3. Gansbaai: Shark Dive & Whale Watching Combo Boat Trip

Take advantage of a combo package that features 2 incredible activities which can be split over 2 days if you'd prefer.  Shark Dive Begin the adventure with the shark cage dive which takes place off the coast of Dyer Island, roughly 15 minutes by boat from Kleinbaai Harbour. Discover how this island is home to a colony of over 50 000 Cape Fur seals – the great white shark's favorite food and primary source of nutrition. Arrive at the channel of the ocean which runs between Dyer Island and the neighboring Geyser Rock. This area is so frequented by great white sharks that it has been dubbed 'Shark Alley'. Anchor up here for an up-close encounter with great whites. As the cage is dropped at the diving site, get kitted up with diving gear. Take consecutive turns in the 8-man floating cage to experience thrilling underwater views of this majestic predator. When not in the cage, enjoy sightings of the sharks and other sea life from the viewing deck of the boat. Gansbaai is one of the only places in the world where these rare creatures congregate close enough to the coastline to offer you the best opportunity for potential sightings. That being said, please bear in mind that seeing a great white shark is a privilege, not a guarantee. Whale Watching Trip The whale watching trips take place from June to December however, should the whales change their migration schedule (arrive early and leave later) the schedule will be adjusted accordingly. Generally the trip last 2 hours, but can be longer depending on how quickly you find the whales. Climb aboard a boat which launches twice daily at 10 AM and 1 PM. During the main season (August-October) an extra morning trip is available at 7 AM. From September onwards, an extra afternoon tri runs at either 3:30 PM or if a good sunset is forecasted, at 5 PM. The sunset trip is a truly magnificent experience as it provides the opportunity to watch the whales bask in the shallow waters with the Walker Bay sunset behind.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 85 reviews

Great experience. The tour that was actually booked at 11 a.m. was canceled due to the weather or postponed to 7 a.m. As a result, I was picked up at the hotel at 4 a.m. There was a small breakfast in Gaansbai. I would not eat anything retrospectively. I was told that the sea was not worse than usual, despite the rather bad weather that day. However, sooner or later 70% of the participants became seasick and several vomited. I was able to enjoy at least 2/3 of the tour. It was a shame that we didn't see a big white man (that was always a dream of mine). But it was not necessarily to be expected in January and not the fault of the organizers (season for great white sharks from April). It was still absolutely exciting in the cage and I saw some copper sharks. Great photos were taken. I would do it again. You felt very safe. The organization was great.

Very good experience. The welcome at the restaurant, a light breakfast but appropriate to enter the sea and not feel heavy stomach, the explanation of the activity very easy to understand for someone who does not speak English perfectly. Once on the catamaran, you sail for about 15 minutes until you reach the sighting point, there is time to put on your suit and wait your turn to enter the cage. You really enjoy being in the water, it's a good time, unfortunately I didn't see a white shark but the experience is just as enjoyable. They serve you with a hot chocolate after getting out of the water and a snack. It's almost 3 hours at sea. Back at the restaurant they give you a hot soup because the trip back is cold. We also visit the rehabilitation place for the penguins with an explanation of what they do.

It was a bit cold but the suites provided were helpful. The sharks were amazing. I would not mind going again. However I advise staying in a city closer to the activity in order to avoid waking up early in the morning

Great experience! I wasn't scared at all, just found it exciting! The sharks are only a few centimeters away, but you feel very safe in the cage.

Amazing experience! Amazing crew ! Must do if you’re at CT