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Shark Cage Diving

Hermanus And Gansbaai

Activity Description

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.


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.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Heights0.0 m
Maximum Heights0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight150.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsA 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.
ExclusionsA 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.


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

Amazing experience. I've been obsessed with great whites since childhood and am so glad we chose Marine Dynamics for this adventure. The trip was very well organized and the crew was fantastic. I felt very safe in the cage and was surprised at how little interest the sharks had in it. They nipped at the bait but not at the cage, so I never felt afraid. It was fun watching adults shriek with delight whenever the sharks swam by; truly one of the best days of my life. It's worth nothing that Marine Dynamics is the only company that gives divers clean and dry wetsuits, which i apprecuated being somewhat of a germaphobe. We also had dinner at the restaurant owned by Marine Dynamics, and it was delicious. Can't wait to do it again soon. - Paula Franchellini

Bearing in mind the nature of nature which meant poor visibility the day we were out - there was nothing else that could have been better - All Staff were SUPERB in everything they were doing. Congratulations to each and every single Crew Member - We loved the entire experience!! GOOD ON ALL OF YOU - KEEP IT UP> We shall recommend you without hesitation. - Greg van Wyk

Our trip to Gaansbai's Marine Dynamics was incredible. Even though we didn't see a shark that day and this visibility was bad, we had a wonderful time and experienced a very professional, prepared, and knowledgeable crew. We were told about a Great White found on the shore with bites that morning, and get home to the USA and see a this article the major site WWW.DRUDGEREPORT.COM with our own Marine Dynamics folks featured......(Hey that's our shark!) http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/great-white-shark-v-killer-10421577?service=responsive#ICID=sharebar_facebook I've done a lot of scuba diving all over the world, and the care the shop and crew took to make sure all of the customers were well fed (breakfast and snacks), well outfitted, well informed, and taken care of was second to none. They had warned us of the possibility of not seeing sharks, but they turned a disappointing day into a very cool experience. I was worried when booking not knowing who might be a shady outfit, or who was the real deal. Well Marine Dynamics is the REAL DEAL. I would definitely recommend them for a shark dive experience and will certainly dive with them again the next time I come to South Africa. Can't wait to see you guys again - Benjamin Denison

It was truly awesome from start to finish! And we truly appreciated having a friendly and highly informative naturalist on board to explain more about the magnificent creatures we saw. - Linda D'Aguilar

I had a great time and am very glad I chose marine dynamics. My experience makes me think you all are the best around. I particularly appreciated that you have a marine biologist on the boat. Everyone we encountered was very friendly and knowledgeable. - Jonathan Davis

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