Mossel Bay Shark Cage Diving in the Garden Route

Since lockdown regulations eased for shark cage diving and viewing operators in September, the great white shark sightings have boomed in Mossel Bay. Tours during September had between 4 and 12 great white sharks each. Mossel Bay’s great white shark sightings per tour during September were higher than any other South Africa destination.

Mossel Bay Shark Trip Fast Facts

  • From R1500 per person

  • Includes meals and cage dive gear

  • No scuba qualification needed

  • Non-cage divers and children welcome

  • Add accommodation options

  • Limited transport available

  • 30 min Drive from George Airport

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Shark Cage Diving Trip Summary

Your shark dive meeting point is at our office in central Mossel Bay, near the harbour. Meeting times are usually between 7am, and 10am, depending mostly on the weather and tides. You will be given the exact times by our office the day before the tour.

Step into our office an hour before the boat launch time to enjoy coffee and breakfast while listening to the dive and safety briefing. After this, we take a short walk to the harbor. The boat launches for the 2km ride to the shark hotspot, Seal Island. As Mossel Bay has the most accessible white sharks globally, the ride is only 10 minutes.

Cage Diving

After anchoring, the crew will start chumming and put the cage in the water when the first shark arrives. The cage does not go underwater completely and is tied directly next to the boat. When you are in the cage, your head sticks out above the water with the boat directly behind you.

All the equipment needed to cage dive is included and ready for you on the boat. We have wetsuits of all sizes, and no scuba qualification is necessary. Children from 12 years old can join in the cage diving fun.

If you decide to take the plunge and cage dive, you will get roughly 20 minutes on your first time in. You will almost certainly have a second chance to get in the cage.

After about 2 to 3 hours on the sea, we return to shore for afternoon tea and a light lunch. You also get a certificate (official bragging rights) of your day with the great white sharks.

Non-divers have great viewing and photo opportunities

Should you choose to stay dry on the boat, you won’t be disappointed either. Boat-based viewing of the sharks is terrific. The sharks are clearly visible from the boat, not just from the cage. You will see the great white shark in its natural habitat and have plenty of photo opportunities.



Tours during September had impressive great white sightings with 4 sharks minimum per trip. As remarkable as these sightings may be, it can never be guaranteed.

The waiting time for sharks can range from a few minutes to never, however rare that may be.

If you are unlucky and don’t see a shark, we will give you a voucher to come back for free over the next year.