marine dynamics

Location: Gansbaai

ZAR2 250 Per Person

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Marine Dynamics

Marine Dynamics is the most involved with research and conservation in the shark diving field. They are part of the Dyer Island Conservation trust which works with protecting the wildlife on and around Dyer Island and Shark Alley. They have an excellent boat and very knowledgeable crew with dedicated researchers on-board.

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 and Real-Time Availability with Instant Bookings & Confirmation.

Marine Dynamics

Marine Dynamics is the most involved with research and conservation in the shark diving field. They are part of the Dyer Island Conservation trust which works with protecting the wildlife on and around Dyer Island and Shark Alley. They have an excellent boat and very knowledgeable crew with dedicated researchers on-board.

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 and Real-Time Availability with Instant Bookings & Confirmation.

The Boat

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Slashfin is a custom designed aluminium boat specifically made for the shark cage diving. The name Slashfin is dedicated to a male Great White shark now over 4m long with a very distinctive slashed dorsal fin. The dorsal fin was shredded in pieces from a young age which was caused either by a boat propeller or a bite from another shark. The dorsal fin is now healed but is very distinctive with 2 slashes through it.The boat holds up to 45 passengers but has lots of space to move around inside and outside. The boat is run with 4 x outboard 300hp engines and it fast and smooth too and from the Island. The boat is very wide and stable on the water and due to this minimises the risk of seasickness.

The Cage

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The cage is a new 7 man galvanised steel cage. The cage sits low down from the boat and is easy to get in and out onto the boat.There is a float running along the top of the cage which causes partial obscurity but clients can see through the small gap across the water surface. Just below the surface is a gap to look through to view the sharks.

White Shark Diving Trip

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You will meet at the shark diving crew house The Great White House in Kleinbaai which has bathroom facilities with showers and a restaurant. Breakfast is offered along with the briefing about the trip. Clients are fitted with comfortable inflatable life-jackets before the walk down to the harbour.

The trip to the shark diving location takes 15-20 minutes. In the Winter (April – October) at Dyer Island and in the summer months (November – March) at Joubertsdam reef by Franskraal beach. Once on location, a scent trial is made. Once the sharks arrive at the boat then you will kit up in your wetsuits and cage diving will commence.

After about 3 to 4 hours depending on the day the boat will head back to land.
There are drinks and snacks provided on the boat. Following the diving and viewing you will have tea / coffee and scones at the lodge whilst watching the video of the day. (Optional Extra)

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 number of people booked for the day.

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

14:30 – Arrive in 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 hours at sea for the shark dive tour (All gear included and drinks & snacks on the boat)

15:30 – Return to the harbour and up to the crew house

15:45 – Light lunch whilst watching a video of the day. (Option to purchase DVD @ R350 per copy)

16:30 – Finished at the crew house & Return to Cape Town

19:00 – Return to Cape Town

Included

  • Breakfast on arrival
  • Drinks & snacks on board
  • Light lunch after the trip
  • All gear inclusive – Masks, Booties, Hoodies, 7mm wetsuits
  • Towels
  • Hot showers

Optional Extras

  • Return transfers from Cape Town (R550)
  • DVD of the day trip (R350)

What to Bring

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

Shark Dive (Self Drive)

ZAR2 250 Per Person

Transfers From Cape Town

R550 Per Person

Marine Dynamics

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Marine Dynamics is a sister company to Dyer Island Cruises, a boat based Whale watching company and also the Dyer Island conservation trust. The conservation trust looks after the interest of birdlife and marine life around Dyer Island which is now sponsored by VW.

The shark diving side of the company was founded by white shark pioneer Andre Hartman who was one of the first people to ever free dive with white sharks and appeared in numerous international documentaries. Wilfred Chivell, the pioneer in marine conservation in the Gansbaai region now runs the company.

Marine Dynamics not only offer educational trips for tourists but run a successful volunteer program for students who are passionate about sharks and tourism. The researchers for the company and volunteers collect data on the White Sharks and their environment on a daily basis during the day trips as well as on their other research boat. All data recorded is forwarded to the Department of Marine and Coastal Management. Statistics are recorded regarding the sex, size and markings on white sharks.

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