Shark Diving Unlimited is a fully licensed shark cage diving operator. We receive our permits from the South African Department of Environmental Affairs’ Branch of Oceans and Coasts. We are situated in the Great White Shark capital of Gansbaai, just 2 hours from Cape Town. We are the only PADI Diving Centre in Gansbaai where we specialize in Great White Shark cage diving and viewing where no prior experience is needed.
Our team is experts in locating and diving with these fantastic creatures while also guaranteeing a full conversation and educational experience to round off your unforgettable trip with us. We pride ourselves on our internationally recognised and exceptional success rate and customer satisfaction.
Incl: Light breakfast and lunch, all equipment, towels, drinks & snacks on board.
All crew are highly qualified Skippers & Divemasters. They are also trained as paramedics.
THE BOAT AND EQUIPMENT
The boat, named Barracuda, is licensed to carry 36 people, however, the number of passengers is limited to 22, to allow room for movement on the boat, longer diving times and more individual attention by the staff.
The dive cage, manufactured of galvanised steel, is 3.5 meters in length and can facilitate up to 6 divers at a time. All diving gear is supplied by Shark Diving Unlimited.
THE SHARK TRIP
Our Shark Cage Diving trips take place from the Kleinbaai harbour in the fishing town Gansbaai. Gansbaai is about 160 km from Cape Town and it takes about 2 hours 30 min by road.
Although Gansbaai is known as the White Shark Capital of the World, the most common shark seen on our trip is the Bronze Whaler Shark – also known as the Copper Shark (Carcharhinus brachyurus).
Of course one also has a good chance to see a White Shark as Gansbaai is indeed one of the best places in the world to see the White Sharks.
It is important to note that our times of operation depend on tides, weather and sea conditions, so the timing arrangements can change.
Michael Rutzen, The Shark Man
Join Great White Shark expert Michael Rutzen, world famous for free diving with Great White Sharks on one of the highest rated Conservation/Education Experiences in the world. Michael is internationally renowned for his conservation and research initiatives and is often invited to speak at various conferences and universities all over the world.
Rutzen is one of the inventors of the Shark Safe Barrier, which prevents negative encounters between sharks and people. The barrier was conceived in 2011 when Rutzen met Dr. Craig O’Connell, a marine biologist. Rutzen had noticed that sharks did not swim through the local kelp forests, even when pursuing cape fur seals. This inspired the idea for a visual barrier resembling kelp to have the potential to become the first eco-friendly alternative to the shark nets. O’Connell was working on his Ph.D. project exploring the use of electrosensory stimuli, such as permanent magnets to repel sharks, with much success. The two joined forces and combined their knowledge.