While safe and secure in the partially submerged cage, view these magnificent creatures as they pass by, feeding their curious nature. As sharks are surface feeders, anyone wishing to remain on board will have a great view of them from the viewing deck too!
Shark cage diving in Gansbaai (2.5 hrs from Cape Town), is done in a narrow channel called Shark Alley, which is the open stretch of water between Dyer Island and nearby Geyser rock.
HOW IT WORKS
Each participant gets to spend 20 minutes in the structurally engineered cage, which remains partially above the water and secured to the side of the boat. From there you are able to witness these graceful creatures as they interact with their natural surroundings in their natural environment. You will get to see these amazing sharks from the safety and security of the cage.
IS DIVING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY?
No diving experience is necessary to cage dive, a rudimentary understanding of swimming is required if you are to get into the cage. There is no scuba offered, but you may request a snorkel or you dive using a breath-hold.
IS IT HARMFUL TO THE SHARKS?
The shark’s safety is of the utmost importance, and this time spent with the guests is used to educate and instill a love and respect of sharks of all kinds. A portion of your booking fee goes towards the institution for shark protection and study. It is African Shark Eco-Charters' fight to have sharks and their environment protected.
Please note that this activity is available from October to end of January! For the rest of the year, the shark diving is performed in Simon's Town!
- Shark cage diving for 20 minutes per person
Course of events
- 18 to 22 people
- 4 or 6 people in the cage
- 20 minutes boat transfer to the diving point
- Possibility to re-dive if you like once every passenger had his turn
- Breakfast/lunch provided
Times will vary according to availability and tides, so you may be booked on a later trip if the earlier one is fully booked. All times given below are approximates.
04.00 – 05.30am: Pick up in Cape Town (Optional)
07.30 – 08.15am: Breakfast and briefing (overview of the day)
08.30 – 09.00: Launch
09.30am: Anchor at dive spot and start diving
11.30. Return back to Gansbaai harbour and transfer back to facilities.
12.30 Transfer Back in Cape Town (Optional)
Minimum age: 10
All participants must have a rudimentary understanding of swimming.
Trips are subject to weather and sea conditions and start times will vary
Exact times are confirmed 24 hours in advance and an e-mail notification of the
meeting time at our premises will be sent to you on the day prior to your dive
Please ensure that you have the full day available for this excursion as we cannot
guarantee start or finish times in advance.
Please Note: Although Gansbaai has a high success rate, shark sightings and activity is never
a guarantee, even during peak season, there may be days when sightings and shark activity
is lower than previous days, this is nature, and as we do not interfere with nature we cannot make guarantees. In the unlikely event that there is no shark activity, you will be offered a voucher to return for another trip, free of charge.
Pick-up and drop off is available at an additional R650.00, from designated pick-up points in
and around Cape Town, for the beautiful 2.5-hour drive to Gansbaai