Gansbaai, a 2 1/2 hours drive from Cape Town had become known as one of only two unique areas in the world, where the chances to view the Great White shark were exceptionally high. Generally, Great White shark sightings in Gansbaai have been well below normal in the past few years with sightings of these rare animals being unpredictable and sporadic.
On days and weeks, when great whites are not seen another species of shark, the Copper Shark has become a frequently encountered species in this area.
This area focuses on cage diving and it is unlikely to see the breaching behaviour here. Duration is 3 to 4 hours at sea based on sea conditions and shark activity.
Environment and Education:
There are 8 other operators in this area and it can be confusing as to which is the best company to book, so this is where we can advise you. There is no extra charge for us to book you on this tour and the benefit to you is that you will be going with a reputable operation that offers an environmentally friendly and educational experience.
The Boats and Cages:
The boat’s capacities are anywhere from 20 to 37 guests and the cages accommodate 5- 9 divers. There are no intimate small group operators in this area. Facilities include upper viewing decks & toilets.
Safety and Cage Diving:
Your safety is paramount. Divers will be supervised by a Dive Master and all the required permits and safety equipment are in order and on board. The cage is a securely designed steel cage which floats on the surface, with divers no more than 1 meter below the surface.
All dives are breath-hold which is comfortable and safe – NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!
The best way to see the sharks is to simply hold your breath!
Children above 10 years old will be allowed into the cage on the basis that parents vouch for their aquatic experience.
Divers and surface viewers pay the same price.
Sharks are completely wild animals and as such sightings and behaviour cannot be guaranteed.
Trips are weather dependent and not species-dependent.
The exact time is confirmed the day before the trip and is based on weather and tides.