25 March 2011

Shark Cage Diving in South Africa

False Bay and Gansbaai in South Africa are two of the World’s Top Shark Cage diving destinations. It is pretty hard to say which spot to choose over the other, because False Bay is way closer to Cape Town and Gansbaai (~ 2hrs drive from CPT) is offering the better chance to meet the Great White Sharks as the seal colony on Dyer Island is attracting them in greater numbers. The drive along the coast from Cape Town to Gansbaai is also very nice - in my view even better than the Garden Route. And you can stop at Betty's Bay to see the penguin colony.

Scuba Dive or Snorkel with Great White Sharks
Join this tour for the underwater experience of a lifetime as you scuba dive or snorkel with the Great White Sharks of South Africa! Take the opportunity during your stay in Cape Town to travel to the channels around Dyer Island and get up close and personal with the animal on top of the ocean's food chain.
Travel to Gansbaai and enjoy a light breakfast before proceeding to the channel by Dyer Island, a short boat trip of approximately 20 minutes. Named after Samson Dyer in the 19th century, Dyer Island is a breeding ground for marine birdlife, while nearby Geyser Rock is home to approximately 50,000 Cape Fur Seals. As a prime breeding site for these animals, the area is a natural magnet for the ocean's deadliest predator.
Check out the sharks with a surface view, before slipping into your wetsuit to join these misunderstood creatures in their natural habitat. Choose to snorkel, or scuba cage dive (must hold a valid scuba diving certificate) with the magnificent predators in their natural feeding ground. This is a rare opportunity to share the water with the top ocean predator, and feel the ultimate adrenaline rush as it looks you in the eye with curiosity and maybe a touch of menace!
If you don't want to enter the water, you can remain on the boat and enjoy the surface viewing. Being a surface feeder by nature the sharks swim close to the boat, therefore view onboard is superb and photo opportunities are lurking everywhere. If you are lucky, you may even get the opportunity to witness a spectacular breach as these huge creatures launch themselves clear of the water surface in the hunt for the next seal meal!

The Great White shark cage diving season can be divided into three periods:
  • High season : May to October
  • Intermediate : April, November, December, and January
  • Low season : January, February and March


    1. Nice post, thanks for sharing

    2. You definitely shouldn´t miss Shark Cage Diving when visiting South Africa. I did it recently and it was great. The company I booked with was Shark Discovery ( sharkcagedive.co.za ). I can highly recommend them. Everything was very well organized and it was an unforgettable experience!