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Shark Cage Diving with Great Whites, Gansbaai, South Africa

Shark Cage Diving GansbaaiThere are a variety of adventure activities on offer in Hermanus, and one of the most popular of these is Shark Cage Diving with Great Whites in Gansbaai, South Africa.

Take a trip to Gansbaai, board one of the many Shark Cage Diving vessels, and head to Shark Alley for an adrenalin rush of a lifetime!

There is an island a few km’s away from Gansbaai called Dyer Island. This island plays host to over 50 000 cape fur seals, penguins, and plenty more sea birds. Do we hear the dinner bell ringing!?

Hundred of sharks are calling this place home, there won’t be a day where no great white sharks are spotted. Great white shark cage diving tours leave from Kleinbaai harbour on the Dangerpoint Peninsula like clockwork, morning till evening offering guests an experience of a lifetime.

Great White Sharks - Great White Sharks | © Discovery Channel

An excursion will take between 3 to 5 hours, depending on factors such as the sea conditions, weather and the behaviour of the sharks. The resting sight will be determined by the same mentioned factors. Guests have the option of surface viewing but are encouraged to take the plunge and view these magnificent beasts from the secure cage. Visitors do not have to be scuba qualified to partake in the shark cage diving.

Fear, not the cage is 100 percent secure and floats in the water with a 1 meter section above the water’s surface. No bulky equipment will hamper your viewing as air is supplied from an onboard air tank, wetsuits and all necessary diving equipment is also provided. The tour boat operators are all qualified and have to abide by strict safety regulations as stipulated by the South African Government.

The best time to hop on board the great white shark cage charters and test your limits is from June till September. While aboard you can witness up to more than 5 great whites circling, more have been recorded. Remember to schedule a few days extra as viewing is at it’s best during the South African winter time and weather conditions can stop boats from heading out.

Gansbaai, the Great White Shark Capital of the World!

Great White Shark Cage Diving

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From Kleinbaai, a small natural harbour on Dangerpoint Peninsula, boats leave every morning to take travellers out to show them the Great White Sharks.A typical white shark diving excursion takes between 3-5 hours, depending on the weather, sea conditions and shark behaviour. Trips depart from Kleinbaai harbour and anchor site depends on the sea conditions, weather and previous shark sightings. There is the option of surface viewing or entering the water in a secure cage. Those wishing to cage dive do not have to be scuba qualified.The specially designed shark diving cage is very secure, and floats with part of the cage out of the water. Divers are never more than one meter below the surface and air is supplied from a cylinder on the boat so no bulky scuba equipment is needed. All of the necessary diving equipment is supplied, and all shark diving operators have to comply with strict safety rules set out by the South African government.The best time of year to view great white sharks is from June to September. During this time 4 or 5 sharks are usually encountered in a day, but as many as 18 have been seen. This high season corresponds with the South African winter, and winter storms can prevent boats from launching so schedule a few additional days into your itinerary.
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