White Shark Africa
Mossel Bay is a very rich area with its abundant sea life of diverse fish, seals, whales, penguins, other sea birds, dolphins, the occasional orca and, of course, a plentiful supply of Great White Sharks.
For this reason, we decided to base our shark cage diving headquarters on the Garden Route of South Africa. The predominant dive spot is Shark Island.
White Shark Africa staff have a proud history in White Shark research, conservation, filming, and education so you can be sure that we have a passion and love for these animals and their environment.
All crew are highly qualified Skippers & Divemasters. They are also trained as paramedics.
The Shark Trip
We meet at our office at the commercial slip next door to the yacht club. We like our clients to be there an hour before launch time so you can relax, have some breakfast, chat with our staff and listen to the safety and boat trip briefing.
The trip from the dock to the shark site is only about ten minutes so there is no long and tedious boat ride. In fact, Mossel Bay has the most accessible white sharks in the world. The bay is also very protected so our sea conditions are normally very calm and comfortable.
The crew will provide a briefing concerning the cage diving on the boat. To find the sharks we have to bait and chum. The baits and chum are natural marine products. We do not use anything that is not natural to the sharks and the environment. It can take several minutes or several hours for the first shark to appear and while we enjoy a high success rate, you need to understand that nothing is guaranteed.
Once we have sharks at the boat, the cage will go into the water and the diving will begin. Topside viewing is exciting for the non-diver and as the shark works very close to the surface you will have plenty of opportunities to take some action shots.
This is not a jaws movie set so we do our best not to have the sharks banging into the boat and cage as this injures them and produces a false impression.
A trip generally lasts for +- four hours and we offer a light lunch, snacks, and drinks on the boat and there is plenty of opportunities to chat with our staff and ask questions. Upon return to the dock, we offer afternoon tea and hand out the certificate of the day to all our guests.
The White Shark Africa ECO PROGRAM is a Great White Shark Internship, that allows people from all walks of life with different skill sets to get involved with Shark conservation in Mossel Bay, South Africa.
This program offers a diverse itinerary to suit the expectations of a broad cross-section of participants. Our Great White Shark internship offers a hands-on approach to working not only with Great White Sharks but also other species in the area.
We offer you a chance to come and with a loyal and dedicated team behind you!
The ultimate goals of the Great White Shark Internship are education, public awareness, the advancement of shark science and the conservation of all shark species.
We want you to bring your skills and your passion to help conserve these incredible animals!
Who Should Apply To WSA Eco Program?
The program is open to anyone with a real interest in sharks and to those who wish to be involved in something rewarding, educational, exciting and overall enjoyable.
Anyone studying biology, marine biology, zoology, oceanography, marine tourism, animal husbandry, marine filming etc. will find the program particularly beneficial towards their goals.
We also cater for and welcome passionate conservationists who would like to help remove the bad stigma attached to White Sharks due to negative media. Since we run daily shark cage diving trips we feel it is important to engage the clients in a positive way that helps them to better understand these animals.
Incl: Light breakfast and lunch, all equipment, towels, drinks & snacks on board.