great white shark tours

Location: Gansbaai

ZAR1 970 Per Person

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Great White Shark Tours

Great White Shark Tours is an excellent operator that offers 5* service. The price tag of R1970 per person is justified by the service quality and passion you receive from the owner Brian McFarlane. The trips are the longest at sea between the operators and even though the boat takes a maximum of 35 people it is very large and spacious. More people means more prime at sea and not less time in the cage.

Note: You won’t pay any more by booking with us than you would with the operator directly, we’ve negotiated excellent rates with them, and you get the added benefit of our Awesome Support, Real Time Availability, Instant Bookings and Immediate Confirmation.

Great White Shark Tours

Great White Shark Tours is an excellent operator that offers 5* service. The price tag of R1970 per person is justified by the service quality and passion you receive from the owner Brian McFarlane. The trips are the longest at sea between the operators and even though the boat takes a maximum of 35 people it is very large and spacious. More people means more prime at sea and not less time in the cage.

Note: You won’t pay any more by booking with us than you would with the operator directly, we’ve negotiated excellent rates with them, and you get the added benefit of our Awesome Support, Real Time Availability, Instant Bookings and Immediate Confirmation.

The Boat

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Apex Predator is a fantastic purpose-built boat for the shark cage diving and viewing. There is plenty of space on the boat to move around and you can view the sharks from the lower and upper decks giving you excellent vantage points to get that ‘money shot’. The boat is very wide and it’s centre of gravity is low making it very stable on the sea thus reducing the chances of seasickness.

Features:

  • Length: 13m
  • Width: 5.1m this gives maximum stability whilst on anchor at sea.
  • Engines: 4 x 200HP Suzuki 4 strokes for safety, reliability and power when required
  • Viewing platform: Spacious upper-level viewing platform
  • Seating: Comfortable padded seats with backrests
  • Storage space: Individual lockers for customer bag storage
  • Toilet Facilities: Men’s and Ladies with Latest flush technology
  • Change rooms: Spacious areas to change into and out of wetsuits
  • Safety Equipment: Two 25 man Life rafts
  • Spray covers: Vinyl roll downsides to keep wind spray off passengers
  • Wet suits: 7mm
  • Electronic equipment: GPS/radios/depth echo sounder/SatNav
  • Fuel tanks: Stainless steel tanks built to highest ISO Standards
  • Smoking: No smoking allowed on the boat (ISO standard)

The boat was designed to easily accommodate 40 passengers

The Cage

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No experience is required if you want to go down in the cage. Sometimes if you are unlucky the water may be extremely rough or far too murky to use the cage but even if this is the case the viewing from the boat is still exceptional. The cage is made with 12mm galvanized steel mesh. This is ample to protect the divers from the sharks, but they have never tried to get to divers in the cage. The cage is attached to the boat at all times and is easy to access, so if you are too scared then you can climb out at any time. There is a lid on the cage which comes down over the divers to protect them from the top.

The cage can accommodate 7 divers comfortably and there is plenty of space and opportunity to dive multiple times on the trip. The floats on the cage are carefully positioned to enable divers excellent viewing space underwater and on the surface when the sharks are passing.

White Shark Diving Trip

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The trip normally begins at 9-10am at the great white shark tours crew house in Kleinbaai which is 2 km along the coast from Gansbaai.

You will receive a breakfast spread and then safety briefing before heading down to the boat ‘Apex Predator’.
The ride out to the Island takes approximately 15 minutes and then they will find a suitable place to drop anchor and start chumming. The crew use a special chum mixture and drift the chum slick towards the reefs where the sharks are roaming.

Once the Great Whites arrive, you will have the opportunity to photograph these awesome animals feeding at the surface next to the boat. This is when you will kit up in your dive gear and cimb into the cage!
It is recommended that you book well in advance for your trip and allow at least 2 days diving in case of adverse weather conditions.

Vinyl side curtains are on the boat on the lower deck to give additional protection from the wind and water spray.

Trip Itinerary

Please note that this is just a rough guideline and that the times are confirmed each day before the dive. On busy days there will be 2 or possibly 3 trips depending on the time of year and shark activity.

Morning Trip (In winter times run 30-60 minutes later) 

5:30 – Pick up from Cape Town Address (If shuttle from Cape Town is booked)

8:00 – Meet at Shark Diving crew house in Kleinbaai – Breakfast & Briefing

9:00 – Launch from Kleinbaai harbour – 15-minute boat ride to the site

9:15 – Estimated 3-4 hours at sea for the shark dive tour (All gear included and drinks & snacks on the boat)

13:00 – Return to the harbour and up to the crew house

13:15 – Light lunch whilst watching a video of the day. (Option to purchase DVD @ R350 per copy)

14:00 – Finished at the crew house & Return to Cape Town

16:30 – Return to Cape Town

Afternoon Trip (Only if there are enough clients to run 2 trips) 

9:00 – Pick up from Cape Town Address (If shuttle from Cape Town is booked)

11:30 – Meet at Shark Diving crew house in Kleinbaai – Breakfast & Briefing

12:30 – Launch from Kleinbaai harbour – 15-minute boat ride to the site

12:45 – Estimated 3-4 hours at sea for the shark dive tour (All gear included and drinks & snacks on the boat)

14:30 – Return to the harbour and up to the crew house

16:45 – Light lunch whilst watching a video of the day. (Option to purchase DVD @ R350 per copy)

17:30 – Finished at the crew house & Return to Cape Town

20:00 – Return to Cape Town

Included

  • Return transfers from Cape Town (Optional extra R450)
  • Breakfast on arrival
  • Drinks & Snacks on board
  • Coffee & Cookies after the trip (Soup in the winter)
  • All gear inclusive – Mask, Booties, Hoodie, 7mm wetsuits
  • Towels
  • Hot showers
  • DVD of the day (Optional extra)

Optional Extras

  • Alcoholic Beverages – Not permitted on any of the Shark Cage Diving Boats

What to Bring

  • Rain/wind jacket
  • Sunblock and Hat
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Take seasick tablets
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Shark Dive

ZAR1 970 Per Person
ZAR1 500 Per Person (Under 12)

Transfers From Cape Town

R450 Per Person

Dive & Stay Combo

R2 320 Per Person
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Great White Shark Tours

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Brian McFarlane, owner of Great White Shark Tours, was a professional diver and skipper who spent his lifetime at sea as an abalone, fisherman, wreck diver and diamond diver. Brian as many other divers in these waters, has had many encounters with the great white sharks and many other types of shark. He was one of the old time Shark fishermen when this was accepted and Great White Sharks were not protected. He caught 33 great white sharks but he sorely regrets killing them and now spends his time and efforts into showing people the beauty of the sharks with his cage diving company.

Brian is the only owner of a shark cage diving company that goes out on the boat daily. This shows his passion for the sharks and also showing people the beauty of the sharks! His presence on the boat makes the difference and client service and focus is second to none. All operators are trained in CPR Management and have a media flow chart on board in case of an emergency.

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