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Shark Cage Diving

Gansbaai

Activity Description

All trips are weather and tide dependant and launch times may vary accordingly from those stated. Your launch time will be confirmed the day before.

Unlike bungy jumping or sky diving, the adrenaline rush from shark cage diving comes from being face to face with one of the world’s greatest predators: the Great White Shark.

The experience puts you in their territory while the safety of the activity allows you to be an observer and learn what Great White Sharks are really like. An on board marine biologist will educate you about this amazing apex predator.

Shark Cage Diving is safe for children and elders and gives the whole family a wonderful opportunity to bond in a fun environment surrounded by experts and researchers.

After this once in a life time experience, you’ll find yourself buzzing with excitement and adrenaline. You will have had the opportunity to come up close and personal with one of the oceans most majestic and foreboding creatures.

Here is a brief breakdown of what to expect once you arrive:
• Before the trip guests meet at THE GREAT WHITE HOUSE in Kleinbaai
• You will receive breakfast or lunch and register your wetsuit size
• Guests receive a pre-trip safety briefing about what to expect during the trip and a biological background on great white sharks
• We then take a 200m stroll down to the harbour to board Slashfin
• Travel time to Dyer Island is approximately 20 minutes, with the shallows being a short 10 minute ride (where we anchor depends on where the sharks are)
• On average, we anchor for 2 hours, but this depends on shark activity, conditions, as well as number of divers
• Weather permitting, we take a quick trip through the infamous Shark Alley
• Lastly, a debrief in the Great White House and a celebratory beverage to toast the occasion!

Why We Are Different:
• A dedicated marine biologist on board every trip
• Our Boat (Slashfin) is the largest in the industry (most deck space per customer) and was purposely built for shark cage diving and includes two restrooms, and an upper deck for the ultimate viewing and photography experience when not in the cage.
• A fully licensed Restaurant and Crew House, aptly named the GREAT WHITE HOUSE, which includes facilities such as: 2 marine rooms where professional safety and informative briefings are given before each trip + separate ladies/gents/handicap restroom facilities with a 5-star rating + curio shop
• We guarantee clean, dry wetsuits (a rarity in the industry)
• Our crew receives as many compliments as the Great White Sharks, with more combined experience than any other Shark Cage Diving crew.
• You will leave with great memories and a deep appreciation of this majestic animal.

Arrangements

DurationOpen Ended
When7 days a week year round, subject to availability and weather conditions. Only closed on Christmas day and New Year. Time slots are not confirmed times. Please ensure that you make the whole day available as times can only be confirmed the day before.
WhereThe Great White House, Gansbaai
WeatherThe service is weather and tide dependent. Time slots are not confirmed times. Please ensure that you make the whole day available as times can only be confirmed the day before and is not negotiable. You will be advised the day before what time your trip will go out.
What to WearBathing Costume, warm clothing (it is cold on the water when the wind blows), tackies / sneakers, wind breaker.
Things to BringCamera, Sunblock, Sunglasses, Bathing Costume, Anti Nausea medication (should seasickness be a concern- recommend that it is taken the night before and two hours prior to the trip).
Guests or SpectatorsGuests can wait for their party at The Great White House Restaurant where they can purchase drinks, meals and shop for curios.

Requirements

Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight150.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

A Shark Cage Dive / Viewing guided by a marine biologist, a light meal (breakfast or lunch depending on time of trip), refreshments on board and soup and bread on return is included.
Equipment such as wet suits, booties, masks, towel are provided. Life jackets and waterproof jacket is alo supplied.

Exclusions

A video link of your experience is not included in the price but can be purchased in addition to the dive / viewing excursion. Cost R200.
This is uploaded 24-48 hours after trip and once downloaded can be used across social platforms and saved for your memories.

Notes

All trips are weather and tide dependant and launch times may vary accordingly from those stated. Your launch time will be confirmed the day before.

Customer Reviews

Though professional in their service, I was overwhelmed by the friendliness of the personnel of Marine Dynamics. Our marine biologist (I cannot remember his name but I know he is doing his PhD at Rhodes University and that he was born in the Netherlands) was extremely helpful and provided well-informed answers to the questions asked on board by guests. Initially, I was dreading going down in the cage as I had an inexplicable fear of sharks, but the calm manner in which the staff on board handled the activity assured me that I was safe and I had nothing to fear. I do wish, however, that we could see more Great White sharks, but that was up to nature. Thank you for this great experience! - Mynhardt Kruger


It was a great experience. In the 1st spot we tried did not work. After some time, the crew decided to move just a few meter and the sharks started to come. We saw 2 different sharks and it was amazing like in the movies. They crew attracted them to show it to us. Totally recommended. They are investing part of the money in preserving the sharks, they are very profesional, they explain you whatever you want to know about these animals and they are taking care of you the whole time. I got sea sick after 1h and they were always by my side checking that everything was alright. We were the last group and they did everything so we could see the sharks! If you want to do such activity I totally recommend this company. It's a bit more expensive than the others but thanks to them and they programs to protect the white sharks we can still see them. - Daniel Martínez


Amazing experience, a once in a lifetime opportunity. All staff were fantastic and couldn't be more helpful. If you bet the chance do it. Thanks for making our trip to SA so good. - Ed Hawkins


Excellent and professional dive operators. Really enjoyed the day and the whole whole experience was well organised and run. Also a big plus to have the marine biologist on the boat to answer questions. Great White House also good please to eat and chill after the trip. Big up to Marine Dynamics. Probably the best shark cage dive operator in Gansbaai. - George Jacobs


I was very impressed from the whole experience. Not only the shark cage diving itself, but the warm reception and breakfast we received on arrival. The crew were great and easy marine biologist was available to answer everyone’s questions even if there were none which I felt made it a great learning experience. I was also thankful for a warm bowl of soup at the end which was unexpected, especially after coming out of freezing cold waters. Thank you for your professionalism. Highly recommended!! - Daniel Dupre




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