Gansbaai Shark Diving
Great White Shark viewing from every angle!
Climb into our impenetrable floating shark proof cage and feel the adrenaline pump through your veins as a shark swims towards you, opens its mouth and bares its big sharp teeth. Shark cage diving with the great white in Gansbaai is truly an amazing experience. Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa is one of the world’s best, if not the best, great white shark cage diving regions. This quaint little South African fishing village, lies only 160km’s from Cape Town and is known worldwide as ‘The great white shark capital of the world’, making Gansbaai Shark Diving an extremely sought after experience.
Not brave enough to plunge into the shark diving cage for a little adventure with the great whites? This is not at all a problem. Non-divers enjoy viewing great white sharks from our boat without diving. You get an amazingly clear view of these magnificent predators while viewing from the boat. They look literally like submarines gliding past. Great white sharks are surface feeders and our shark handlers are trained to bring them up-close-and-personal against the side of the boat. Their heads and jaws are clearly visible.
The bay also plays host to large numbers of Whales between June – Nov. The Whale numbers often match even those of the famous territory of Hermanus. While on the subject of Marine mammals… schools of up to 500 Dolphins make a spectacular site and are often seen in the bay. All of this makes shark diving in Gansbaai, a unique and sought after experience.
Our Gansbaai Shark Diving Trips
Late Morning Shark Cage Diving
Join us on a late morning shark diving trip. Day time offers the best visibility of the day because sunlight increases visibility, and brings out the true colors of the sharks. A word of warning however, sharks are most active in the early hours of the morning. You can view them from the boat (surface viewing) or from inside of our indestructible shark cage. While most people choose to get in the water and see them at point blank range, at least 25% of our visitors choose to see them from the safety of a boat. Either way, a spectacular viewing is guaranteed!
Some interesting Gansbaai shark diving facts
SHARK SIGHTING PROBABILITY IN GANSBAAI
Gansbaai shark diving FAQ
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Do I need diving qualifications?
Not at all. Diving experience is not necessary, unless you have already pre-arranged with us to SCUBA.
How deep underwater will we go?
The cage floats on the surface of the sea and is attached to the boat, which means that most of the time you are above the water (still in the cage), waiting for the skipper to spot an incoming shark. The cage is only 3 Meters deep.
How long is the trip?
The average trip is about 3.5 hours long. This varies depending on how quickly the sharks arrive.
How long do we spend in the cage?
Each group spends between 20 to 30 minutes in the water.
Is all equipment supplied?
We supply everything, including towels, wetsuits and all needed diving gear. You need not bring any diving gear, unless you need to make use of a prescription mask.
What do we need to bring along?
Warm clothing is important as its always a fair amount colder out at sea. Sun glasses, hat or cap, swimming costume, sun block, comfortable shoes, and your camera are also essential.
What is all included in the price?
- Light lunch, snacks and refreshments on the boat
- Diving & Viewing
- Wetsuits and dive equipment is supplied and available in all sizes
- Certificate of your White Shark Experience
Is it cheaper to go without getting into the cage?
No, tickets are sold per seat taken on boat. Surface viewing of Great White Sharks from the boat is amazing, as you can see from the photos and videos on this website.
Do we use an air supply system?
What is the best time of the day to go shark cage diving?
Early morning is best. The first trip of the day is the one where the sharks are most active, while later in the day there are few sharks and they are not very active. Also sea and weather conditions are usually best early in the morning. If this is a once in life experience, then its definitely worth waking up at 4am to experience this, but if you have been before and plan to go again and don’t mind taking a chance of not seeing many sharks ,then the 2nd trip is also fine.