Shark Cage Diving (Trip Info)

SHARK CAGE DIVING TRIP INFO

Please note that due to tides and collection schedules, we can only confirm exact collection times at 1600hrs on the day prior to your tour.
PICK UP AND SCENIC TRANSFER (OPTIONAL)
We will collect you from Cape Town or Hermanus and drive you to our base in Kleinbaai.  Alternatively, we can arrange car hire for you, or transfer by helicopter or fixed wing air craft.  For an extended experience of the area, enquire about our accommodation options.
BREAKFAST
Served at the boathouse.
BRIEFING
The Dive master will give you a short briefing on the boat, about the Great White Sharks,on your safety, and on the diving procedures.  He will explain how we work with the sharks in the area.  We will spend between 2 to 3 hours at sea, depending on how often the sharks visit the boat.  Be sure to ask lots of questions!
DIVING AND VIEWING
The shark cage can hold 5 – 6 people at a time and you will spend about 20 minutes in the cage.  All diving equipment, including your 5mm wetsuit, is provided.  You DO NOT need a scuba license to cage dive!
ON-BOARD SNACKS
We offer a picnic basket that is packed with sweets, crisps, fruit and bottled water.
LIGHT LUNCH
Upon your return to dry land, you are invited to join us at the crew house (boathouse) for a light lunch
DVD OF YOUR TRIP (OPTIONAL)
We have a professional videographer on all our trips and you may buy a dvd of your trip if you wish.

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1.  The cage is 3,5m long and can take up to 6 divers
The cages are made from galvanised steel and have all passed the specifications set by the Department of Environmental Affairs: Branch – Oceans and Coasts, Republic of South Africa.
The cage is attached to the boat at all times, with at least 60 centimetres above the water. The rest of the cage is submerged and about 2 metres deep.

2.  Boat is 12,5 m Leecat and licensed for 30 pax + 6 crew
Our boats are all inspected by the SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) and conform to their standards. We also perform maintenance tasks on all our vessels on a bi-weekly to a monthly basis

PASSENGER REQUIREMENTS AND EQUIPMENT

  • Warm Jacket or Windbreaker
  • Sun-block Lotion
  • Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Swimming costume/shorts and towel
  • Sea-sickness tablets (take the evening before launch if possible)

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SHARK DIVING LOCATIONS

Shark Diving GansbaaiDyer Island, Geyser Rock and Shark Alley

The cage is 3,5m long and can take up to 6 divers. The cages are made from galvanized steel and have all passed the specifications set by the Department of Environmental Affairs: Branch – Oceans and Coasts, Republic of South Africa.

The cage is attached to the boat at all times, with at least 60 centimeters above the water. The rest of the cage is submerged and about 2 meters deep.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

Gansbaai has a al year round shark dive option, which is Dyer Island in the winter season and just off-shore from Pearly Beach in summer. Weather permitting, our tours run every single day. But the prime viewing time is in our winter months when the sharks have a particularly active feeding pattern. The following guide is based on our observations over the past 5 years. Allow for an overlap between seasons.

PEAK SEASON:
April to October (99% success rate) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
HIGH SEASON:
November to December (90 – 99% success rate)
INTERMEDIATE SEASON:
January to March (80 – 90% success rate)
Water temperatures vary between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius during our peak and high season and between 10 and 16 degrees Celsius during our intermediate season.

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