GANSBAAI SHARK DIVING

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Gansbaai Shark Cage Diving

Gansbaai Shark Cage Diving

Shark cage diving in Gansbaai is on the bucket list of thrill seekers, adrenaline junkies, nature and shark lovers from across the world! A scenic 2-hour drive from Cape Town lies Gansbaai, the most popular shark cage diving destination in South Africa, dubbed as the Capital of the Great White Shark.

Your shark cage diving and viewing trip includes breakfast, beverages on-board, all equipment needed to cage dive and a light lunch after the tour. Purchase of a day trip DVD is optional. No scuba qualification is needed to cage dive and non-divers also have amazing sightings viewing the sharks from the boat.

Shark boats launch daily as weather and ocean conditions allow. All boats operate in the same areas and spend roughly 2 to 2 ½ hours on sea. Tours depart from as early as 6am and take place through-out the day. Boats typically offer an early morning and a late morning trip with possibly an afternoon tour during peak seasons.  Transport from Cape Town and Hermanus is available at an additional cost.

 

Your shark diving trip starts in Kleinbaai, just a few minutes’ drive outside of Gansbaai. Early morning you arrive at your shark operators’ crew house. Enjoy breakfast on location whilst listening to the dive briefing. Choose your wetsuit and other gear to be loaded onto the boat before walking down to the jetty ready to depart. The boat, which is operated by qualified and competent crew members, including a skipper, dive master and deckhand, sets off on a 20-minute journey before anchoring the famous Shark Alley. The crew members are also trained in skills such as firefighting and medical emergencies.

Details

Sharks Great White and/or Copper
 Gansbaai
 Season – All year
 No Experience Necessary
R2200 R1450 per person

Included

 Breakfast on Arrival
 Drinks & Snacks on board
 Light lunch after the trip
 All gear inclusive
Towels

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Trip Itinerary

Please note that this is just a rough guideline, the times are confirmed a day before the dive relating to tides and weather. On busy days there will be two or three trips depending on the operator.

Morning Trip

5:30 – Pick up from Cape Town Address (if shuttle from Cape Town is Booked)

8:00 – Meet at Shark Diving crew house in Kleinbaai – Breakfast & Briefing

9:00 – Launch from Kleinbaai harbour – 15 minute boat ride to site

9:15 – Estimated 2 1/2 – 3 hours at sea for the shark dive tour (All gear included and drinks & snacks on the boat)

11:30 – Return to harbour and up to the crew house

11:45 – Light lunch whilst watching video of the day (Option to purchase DVD @ R450 per copy)

12:30 – Finished at the crew house & return to Cape Town

15:00 – Return to Cape Town

The Trip

After anchoring, the crew starts to chum for the sharks. Chum is a mixture of tuna heads; pilchards and fish oil all mixed up and blended with sea water. This mixture is thrown overboard almost continuously throughout the day in order to create an oily chum slick. The shark sees this and then stays interested in the boat as otherwise, it would circle the boat once or twice and then leave. The bait is not fed to the sharks but it is kept in the water in order to keep the sharks’ interest in the boat and cage.

Once the sharks have arrived the cage is put in the water. Should the sharks be comfortable with the cage and they hang around the first divers may enter the cage. Before you get into the cage you put your dive gear on which includes a wetsuit with hoodie and booties along with a mask. Not all boats supply weight belts so make sure that you request this prior to your trip should you wish to use it. No air devices are used, great white sharks do not like the noise or sight of bubbles and as we want them to come as close to the cage as possible we simply let you hold your breath and pull yourself below the water for a few seconds at a time. As the sharks mostly circle the boat you will have more than enough dive time to view the sharks as they pass the front of the cage.

You will spend about 20 minutes in the cage after which another set of divers will enter the cage whilst you enjoying the viewing from the boat. Should you not wish to cage dive, don’t worry. The viewing from the boat is exceptional and as a non-diver, you will also have an awesome experience! For those die-hard divers out there, you are welcome to enter the cage a second time. The boat is at sea for roughly 2 to 3 hours depending on the condition. Onboard you can enjoy the complimentary mineral water, snacks and drinks. No alcohol or smoking is allowed on any of the great white shark cage diving boats in Gansbaai.

The boat returns to Kleinbaai harbour and all the divers and non-divers now get a chance to view the day trip DVD whilst enjoying lunch. The day trip DVD is a DVD which is filmed on the day of the trip. The film is of the entire group and you have an option to purchase this as a souvenir. It is immediately available after your shark trip.

The boat, which is operated by qualified and competent crew members, including a skipper, dive master and deckhand, sets off on a 20-minute journey before anchoring in the famous Shark Alley.

After anchoring, the crew starts to chum for the sharks. Chum is a mixture of tuna heads; pilchards and fish oil all mixed up and blended with sea water. This mixture is thrown overboard almost continuously throughout the day in order to create an oily chum slick.

Once the sharks have arrived, the cage is lowered into the water. No air devices are used, as great white sharks do not like the noise or sight of bubbles, we simply let you hold your breath and pull yourself below the water for a few seconds at a time. As the sharks mostly circle the boat you will have more than enough dive time to view the sharks as they pass by the cage.

You will spend about 20 minutes in the cage after which another set of divers will enter the cage whilst you enjoying the viewing from the boat. Should you not wish to cage dive, the viewing from the boat is exceptional, non-divers also have an awesome experience! For those die-hard divers out there, you are welcome to enter the cage a second time.

The boat returns to Kleinbaai harbour and all the divers and non-divers now get a chance to view the day trip DVD whilst enjoying lunch. The film is of the entire group and you have an option to purchase this as a souvenir. It is immediately available on DVD after your trip.

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