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Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Where is the Best Shark Cage Diving in South Africa?

The Most Popular Shark Cage Diving and Viewing areas in South Africa include Gansbaai, Mossel Bay and Cape Town.

Latest Recorded Great White Shark Sighting as at time of publishing: 10 March 2020 from Kleinbaai harbour in Gansbaai, South Africa


Shark Cage Dive South Africa’s Famous Shark Alley in Gansbaai, South Africa, known as the Capital of the Great White Shark!

What to expect

A typical shark tour in Gansbaai, a mere 2 hours from Cape Town airport, will have you getting to know some incredible sharks a lot better! Hop in the cage to come you face to face with amazing sharks averaging 2.5 to 4.5 meters in their natural habitat. The most sighted shark species is the Copper Shark, with increasing sightings of the Great White Shark.

Day-Trip DVD’s and transport from Cape Town and Hermanus are available at an additional cost. The meeting point is in Kleinbaai Harbour, and from here the boats go to Shark Alley or nearby areas. Boats operate in the same areas and spend approximately the same time out at sea.
Shark cage diving and sightseeing tours take place every day in Gansbaai, as weather and sea conditions permit. All operators offer tours including breakfast, on-board refreshments, all cage diving equipment required and light lunch after the tour.

As the numbers of the Great White Shark decreased during recent times, the sightings of the Copper Shark increased, and cage diving now offers a chance to see these amazing sharks that grow up to 3.5 meters from the boat and cage. Children and non-divers are most welcome to join in on the fun!

Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay offers warmer waters in the Heart of the Garden Route.

Mossel Bay is located in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa, the Garden Route and on the To See List of many tourists that visit South Africa with it’s stunning scenery and forest-like vegetation.

Board the Custom-built shark cage diving boat from the Mossel Bay Harbour for a short 2 km ride to Seal Island in the bay. The bay is very protected and there are shark trips almost every day.

Cape Town

Shark Cage Dive from Simon’s Town, False Bay, Home of Air Jaws.

Shark boats depart from Simon’s Town in False Bay, an easy and scenic 45-minute drive from V&A Waterfront in central Cape Town.

What to expect

As the sightings of the Great White Shark dropped during 2019, we have seen an increase in the number of other shark species that frequent our boat, such as the7-gill broadnosed cow shark. We are pleased to report some sporadic white shark sightings during 2020 and hope that this means our beloved Great White Shark will soon be back roaming our waters again in larger numbers.

You may be the next happy diver to dive with a big white shark in False Bay, or you may not. Great white shark sightings are not guaranteed in Cape Town however your chances of diving with several other species are high. We invite you to contact us for recent sightings.

Scuba diving with sharks from Simon’s Town is incredible

With a variety of Dive Schools open, you can even make your trip to Cape Town a Discover Scuba trip and get your dive qualification! Reach out to our dedicated reservationists for dive centre recommendations.

Why You Will Love Diving from Cape Town

Simon’s Town, South Africa, is also the place to go if you’re a professional scuba diver searching for an adventure-packed scuba dive in the mystical waters around Cape Town. Possibilities for scuba divers are limitless as Cape Town and its surroundings are filled with spectacular reefs and amazing, exclusive wreck dives.

Cape Town should be on every shark lover’s bucket list! Getting close and personal with several shark species and other incredible creatures, such as fun-loving seals, should not be missed on your next visit to Cape Town!

Not sure? Get in touch with Shark Divers South Africa!

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Great White Shark populations in South Africa are believed to be on the decline due to shark-hunting killer whales and dwindling food sources. You can show your support by signing credible petitions against over-fishing in South Africa on various digital platforms.


Great White Shark Cage Diving, Gansbaai

Gansbaai Great White Shark Sightings March 2020

Great White Shark Sightings Update So far into March, Gansbaai shark boat operators have seen and cage dived with some amazing Great White Sharks. Some days produced no less than 4 great white sharks with the largest being 4.5 meters. “Great experience! We were so lucky and saw 4 great whites. What a day. Thanks […]

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