About Shark Divers
Shark Divers, your one stop shop for all things diving since 2004. We have helped hundreds of divers around the globe to make their diving dreams a reality. We listen to the needs of all our clients, wish lists and budgets. We tailor make your dream dive holiday around your very special and individualised needs. Afterall, your requirements are as unique as you are! At Shark Divers you are guaranteed specialized knowledge regarding the seasons for the different sharks and marine species. We place you with only the best operators in each location, the crème de la crème sourced and sifted by years of experience.
Our services include comprehensive dive travel to South Africa and Mozambique, including Cape Town, Gansbaai, Mossel Bay, Durban, Praia do Tofo and Vilanculos to name a few. We can even include diving to 3,4 or more destinations all in one holiday. We include all your flights, all transfers, car rental, accommodation, all your activities and everything in between! Shark Diver representatives will meet you at each airport/destination to make your holiday as smooth and relaxing as possible. Let your imagination be the only limitation for your next dive holiday with Shark Divers!
Let our expertise shape the holiday of your dreams!
Who we are
Elna Caravias has shown a passion for sharks from a very young age. It surely helped that she grew up in Gansbaai from the age of 4, placing her right on the doorstep of what is today one of the best Great White Shark diving sites in the world.
At age 15, she decided to make a bold move to pursue her passion. Elna left school and joined the tourism industry by creating a tourist “newspaper”. The paper contained news on shark operators and any shark news. She persisted with the newspaper, and from the beginning of the electronic age, still provides all related shark news online for the whole world to read.
Elna became very close friends with a shark researcher in Gansbaai, and her education on shark conservation kicked off. After getting married, Elna and her then-husband, got construction started on The Roundhouse Guesthouse, and opened the doors to guests in 2001. The guesthouse got its name from the very unique design.
Already being involved in whale watching and shark cage diving, and seeing a need for it, she decided to co-set up www.sharkbookings.com in 2003, which was the original central White Shark booking office. The focus back then was on the Gansbaai area. In 2005 she started up Shark Alley Dive and Travel Centre, which is today known as Shark Diver*. Seeing a need for tourists interested in visiting and diving in Mozambique, Scuba Mozambique was incorporated with Shark Divers in 2006. The Great White Adventure Centre followed in 2008, with Elna having to qualify as a sea kayak guide, which she did very successfully. She decided to re-brand and re-launch in 2019 and is now known as Shark Divers.
The only thing in this world that could ever shadow Elna’s love for the great white sharks is the love for her two daughters. Luca and Kioni are fortunate to grow up in the Great White Shark Capital of the world, Gansbaai, South Africa.
Elna is also a PADI Advanced scuba Diver but fear not, no scuba qualification needed on most of our dives!
Janeen Vermeulen – Fourie was born in South Africa, in the town of Napier in the Western Cape. At the age of 10, the family relocated to Gansbaai, where Janeen grew up. As an adult, she relocated twice, but her heart was always in Gansbaai, where the mother of two, and very proud young grandmother eventually settled.
In 2004, Janeen was approached by Elna, owner of Shark Divers in Gansbaai, to offer her an opportunity to work in the tourism industry, by offering and selling holiday packages to tourists. Janeen, then expecting her second child, jumped at the opportunity and has never looked back. She very quickly got herself up to speed with the necessary knowledge to be able to offer the correct package to meet all tourist requirements, to the best of her ability. After her very first booking, there was no stopping her true passion for great customer service. It still gives her great joy to see the true enjoyment and excitement experienced by tourists who book with Shark Divers.
Not satisfied with only dealing with bookings, she was also involved with catering for a Shark Diving operator in Gansbaai for a time. In a very short time, Janeen, not content with just wanting to be sitting with a computer and phone, became very hands-on with all aspects of the packages that were being booked by tourists. She involves herself with shuttle services, accommodation, flight bookings, dive bookings, you name it, she can deal with it. This makes for very simple sorting out of any issues that tourists may have along the way. They only need to contact Janeen, and she is guaranteed to always give every issue her full attention 24/7.
No booking group is too small for them to handle. They book from one individual, up to groups of 20 people at a time. Janeen’s in-depth knowledge of tourist destination countries on offer, such as Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and of course South Africa, make for tailor-made packages to suit all your requirements.
What Janeen does, she does not see as work. Her true passion for what she does, guarantees a very enjoyable vacation, whether it is your first trip, or you are a returning tourist. Along with your memories of an unforgettable trip, Janeen will also be remembered for all the right reasons.
Shark Diving Destinations
Trips depart from Simon’s Town in False Bay! We’ve been operating in Simon’s Town for over 12 years and work with the only the most experienced operators, utilising the latest boats and the very highest safety standards.
Durban is home to the world renowned Aliwal Shoal. We’ve been operating in Durban for over 12 years and work with the only the most experienced operators, utilising the latest boats and the very highest safety standards.
There is no doubt that Gansbaai, South Africa, is the great white shark capital of the world. We’ve been operating in Gansbaai, our home town for many years, working with the only the most experienced operators.
Mossel Bay lies in the beautiful Garden Route. The bay is very protected and great white shark trips take place here nearly daily in water that’s warmer than Gansbaai and Simons Town, so it’s possible to dive without a wetsuit.