Great White Shark Tours is one of the leading shark cage diving operators in Gansbaai, the white shark capital of the world! Expect a 5-star service from start to finish.
They have just been granted their shark diving permit, thereby making the company a fully legal shark diving operator for the next 10 years.
Their Tripadvisor reviews divulge competent staff and crew who are knowledgeable and passionate about sharks and shark cage diving, providing a memorable bucket list experience for more than 20 years!
Apex Predator has two qualified skippers, one highly skilled Dive Master and all crew are Level Three Medics with O² Management on board to supervise all the dives.
THE BOAT & EQUIPMENT
Boat:” Apex Predator” a 13-meter custom-built catamaran.
Passengers Max: 40 + 5 crew.
Cage: 8 Divers per rotation. Cage time varies between 20 good shark passes and/or 20 minutes. Divers rotate and at the discretion of the skipper may enter the cage for a 2nd or 3rd time.
7mm Wetsuits, weight belts, masks and clean dry towels are available to all passengers.
Trips cater for divers and non-divers (who pay a slightly lower rate).
The shark cage diving boat trip starts between 6h00 and 12h00 in the morning from Kleinbaai harbor, depending on the tides and the weather. A trip normally takes between 4-5hours, depending on the shark activity. PLEASE NOTE: Times may vary due to the tides and expected sea conditions.
After a continental breakfast (no greasy foods which will result in possible sea-sickness), payments can be made in either cash or VISA/MASTERCARD and indemnities signed.
The skipper will give a full safety briefing on land during which you will be informed of the route, the boat, and the possible marine wildlife you might encounter during the trip.
After a 2 minute walk to the harbour, you will board the custom-built vessel, Apex Predator
They will then launch to Dyer Island, Joubert’s Dam or anchor spot chosen at the discretion of the skipper based on current sightings and weather conditions.
The round boat trip to and from the harbour normally takes 3 to 4 hours, depending on the shark activity.
After dropping anchor, they begin attracting Great Whites with a specially – formulated ‘Chum’ mixture, made from completely legal ingredients, which has taken Brian McFarlane years to perfect and is a highly-guarded trade secret. They are fortunate to encounter great white sharks, copper sharks (bronze whalers) and even stingrays on their trips. However, since the orca predations on white sharks, no operator can predict Great White Shark behaviour and are currently mainly experiencing copper shark sightings with occasional great white shark sightings.
MANDATE AGAINST THE USE OF SHARK PRODUCTS – Great White Shark Tours do not at any stage feed the sharks nor use any part of a shark product in their ‘secret chum mixture’ and have signed a mandate to this effect.
Once the Great White Sharks arrive, you will have the opportunity to photograph these apex predators in their natural environment searching for the food source on the surface, next to the boat. This is when you enter the shark cage!
We recommend that you book well in advance and allow at least 2 days for diving in case of adverse weather conditions. Passengers are exposed to the open sea while travelling to and from the 2 islands, Dyer Island & Geyser Rock. At the islands, the boat is anchored off the lee sides and protected bays.
Tourists are exposed to the open sea and therefore waterproof jackets are provided for protection against the elements while travelling to and from the anchoring spot. Vinyl side curtains give additional protection from the wind and sea spray. Should that spot be Shark Alley, the boat is anchored off the lee sides and protected bays.
ABOUT GREAT WHITE SHARK TOURS
Great White Shark Tours, a shark cage diving operation in Gansbaai, was founded more than 20 years ago by Brian McFarlane, a professional diver and skipper, who was involved with the sea, diamond diving, fishing and great white sharks for most of his life. Brian thereby became a local legend with his fascinating tales about the sea and underwater experiences.
Apex Predator is a custom-built vessel awarded the coveted Blue Flag Status, implying a boat with all the modern amenities to give guests a comfortable, safe experience suitable for the sea conditions in the area where the company has been legally assigned to do shark cage diving.
Imparting passion and knowledge to the staff and crew, Brian has installed respect for the marine wildlife daily encountered on trips giving guests a truly memorable shark diving experience.
5* Tripadvisor reviews confirm their commitment to upholding marine tourism ethics thereby establishing Great White Shark Tours as one of the industry’s leading white shark cage diving operators.
R2100 p/p Incl: Breakfast, drinks & snacks on board, light lunch, all diving equipment, dry towels.