Cage Diving Gansbaai
Shark boats launch daily as weather and ocean conditions allow. All vessels operate in the same areas and spend roughly 2½ to 3 hours on the sea. Tours depart from as early as 6am and take place through-out the day. Boats typically offer 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.
What does the shark trip include?
Your cage diving and viewing trip include 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 required to cage dive. Non-divers also have incredible sightings viewing the sharks from the boat. You can select an upgrade at an additional fee for air in the cage via a hookah system.
Your Shark Dive & Viewing Trip
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 while listening to the dive briefing. Choose your wetsuit and other gear to load onto the boat before walking down to the jetty ready to depart. The vessel, operated by qualified and competent crew members, including a skipper, divemaster and deckhand, sets off on a 20-minute journey before anchoring near or around the famous Shark Alley area. The crew members are also trained in skills such as firefighting and medical emergencies.
After anchoring, the chumming starts
Chum is a mixture of ocean based products such as tuna, fishoil and sardines. The products gets mashed up in a barrel of ocean water and then poured overboard essestially to attarck the great white sharks to the boat. The current take this oily chum stil out into the ocean and this is what brings the sharks to the boat. As the shark siwms across this chum line, it investigates and follows it back to the boat.
Cage Diving Gansbaai’s Great White & Copper Sharks
When the sharks are comfortable around the boat, whether it is great whites, copper sharks or perhaps both, we lower the cage into the water and get the first set of divers ready. Five to eight divers enter the cage at a time with the lid closed for your safety. Shark cage diving is easy as you only need to hold your breath and pull youraslef under the water for a few seconds at a time to have a good look at the sharks as they pass the cage. After about a 20 minute dive time the group is rotated. On most days everybody is able to dive again because some passengers on the boat do not choose to dive at all.
Return to crewhouse on shore in Kleinbaai Harbour
Enjoy a hot cup of cofee and warm showers on arrival at the crewhouse. Lunch is served and enjoyed whilst watching the DVD that was filmed of your day, optional to purchase on the day.