Gansbaai Shark Diving
with White Shark Ventures
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 a spectacular view of the great white sharks from our boat without diving. The view of the sharks from on top the boat is in fact better than in the cage, just without the adrenaline of-course. 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.
Something you will quickly perceive on one of our trips is that Great White Sharks are not the undiscriminating blood thirsty killing machines that eat everything and anything that comes their way. You will come to understand and respect these beautiful animal for what they really are. Your trip will not only be fun, but highly informative too. All of this makes shark diving in Gansbaai, a unique and sought after experience.
Our Gansbaai Shark Diving Trip
Join us on an morning shark diving trip in Gansbaai. We go out 7 days a week in the mornings and if we have enough people for a 2nd or 3rd trip, then we go out again. Mornings generally have the best conditions for the day with less wind, better visibility and the best shark activity compared to later in the day. Exact departure time is announced by the skipper and made know to you the day before your trip. Usually the 1st trip is at 8am, but this does vary and is dependent on weather & sea conditions.
"This is an absolutely must when you visit Gansbaai or Hermanus!! This is an experience we will never forget. The crew looks after you very well and are quite skilled in locating and luring the Sharks."
"This experience was one that I will never forget. My Father, my brother and I went into the cage while by Mother was taking pictures from above. The view of the sharks was better when in the boat but there is a massive adrenaline rush when you enter the cage. Recommend to everyone!!!"
Some interesting Gansbaai shark diving facts
SHARK SIGHTING PROBABILITY IN GANSBAAI
All about our super-safe shark diving cage
Built for Safety
The cage is made from galvanized steel to be 100% shark proof and is exceptionally strong, making it safe for viewing sharks up close. It has been professionally engineered and covered with a robust security mesh. The cage has plenty of room for all divers and has support bars for the hands and feet, providing you with firm grip and stability, so that you are and feel safe while taking underwater pictures of the sharks. There are no sharp edges making it very safe for not only you but our beloved Great White Sharks also. The cage is firmly attached to the boat and always stays on the surface of the ocean, which means that divers can get in and out of the cage when ever they want to. The top of the cage is safely covered and the cage is built to withstand all types of impact. Sharks do not attack the cage as they are not interested in attacking people.
A misconception is that the cage gets lowered into the ocean. This is not at all the case. The shark cage is in fact attached to the boat at all times, and floats at least 60 centimetres above the water while the rest of the cage is submerged at about two meters deep, which means that when the shark comes to the cage, its you that goes deeper into the cage, and not the cage that goes deeper into the ocean.