Fantastic week of diving with multiple shark species in Cape Town
Join us on an extreme shark diving week with many shark species in Cape Town. Dive with the Great White Shark. Blue Shark, Mako Shark, 7 Gill Cow Shark and much more.
This holiday package is a stunning combination of diving and viewing the most awesome sharks in the cape waters! Join us for 6 days of stunning trips and dives with Great White Sharks, Blue Sharks, Mako Sharks, Sevengill Sharks, Gully Sharks, Cat Sharks, Shy Sharks, Pyjama Sharks and Cape Fur Seals.
With over 100 species of sharks in the waters around South Africa this is truly a mecca for shark diving!
Not only will you see spectacular marine life but we will also show you the Cape Peninsular, the Big 5 at a local game park and also visit an ostrich farm.
On this Expedition we take min 4 people and maximum 8 people (unless in a group of max 10)
The extreme shark diving week Cape Town package is flexible and organised according to the weather. Should the weather play foul then we will switch days around accordingly. Depending on the schedule and weather the afternoon on the white shark and inshore dive days will be filled with the 2 x 1/2 day tours. The below itinerary may not be in order.
Day 1= – Arrive in Cape Town
You will be met at the Airport and transferred through to Simons Town to your accommodation. You will spend the day at your leisure in Simons Town and depending on your arrival time should have time to visit Boulders beach Penguin colony just down the road.
Day 2 – Great White Shark Trip
Meet at around 6:15 on the pier. We will leave the pier between 6h30 and 7h00 after a briefing of the trip. The ride to the Island takes approximately 20 minutes and when on site we will be actively looking for signs of hunting behaviour. This could be large splashes from the seals trying to out maneuver the sharks or birds flocking around the water over a kill. We will look for natural predations for around 45 minutes and then when the sun has risen we will deploy the fake seal behind the boat in tow. The idea is for the fake seal to provoke a Great White Shark into a predation and launch out of the water behind the boat with seal in mouth. This will give you excellent opportunities to capture that ‘Air Jaws’ moment!
At around 9am the boat will anchor at Seal Island and start to chum the water for sharks. It normally does not take long for the sharks to appear and when they do the cage is lowered into the water and divers will kit up. The next 3-4 hours will then be spent interacting with the Great White Sharks from the boat and cage.
The boat will return at approximately 13:30 and then you will have time to explore the area or just relax following your dive.
Day 3 – Blue & Mako Offshore dive trip
Meet crew at Simon’s Town Pier where you will meet the crew have a briefing and board the boat.
Depart for Cape Point and the open ocean 2-3 hours offshore from Cape Point. On the way you will enjoy the stunning views of Cape Point from the sea and you will have an opportunity to view and photograph this spectacle. You may bump into anything along the way from Pods of Dolphins, Orcas, Whales, Sharks and a huge variety of bird life.
Approx 9h30 to 13h00
In order to find the optimum area for the Mako and Blue sharks the crew will look for the warm Agulhas Current. The Blue & Mako sharks live in the warm Pelagic currents and hunt Tuna and other large game fish. Every day is different and the currents do change so we will only know where the sharks are when we get out there in the day and some days we may have to go out 30+ miles from shore to catch the warm stream of water. Once reaching the area the crew will start to chum the water and the wait could take from 2 minutes to 2 hours. The waters here are extremely deep and vast and some days patience is needed. Fortunately the crew are passionate about the sharks and they will be constantly working on the chum slick until the sharks arrive.
While we wait for the sharks to arrive this is the perfect opportunity to run through the dive and learn all about how to dive with the sharks. Mako sharks tend to be very cautious but are the fastest shark in the sea and they are thought to reach speeds of up to 60 mph and jump 20ft out of the water. You will see this shark coming in like the roadrunner one minute it will be clear and then, wow! there it is right in front of you! They are known to be dangerous but to date they have tended to keep their distance from divers. The Blue sharks are stunning to look at and interact with. Protection is needed from head to foot as they are very bold and it is not uncommon for them to try to bite divers. Fortunately these Blue sharks are small and like little puppy dogs. They are fantastic to interact with and a real joy to be around.
We will head back to False Bay at around 15:00 depending on the weather and shark activity.
Day 4: Big 5 Safari
The full day Big Game Safari is at a luxury Private Game Reserve. The reserve is a 2 hour drive from Cape Town and also includes a trip to an Ostrich farm. At the reserve you will see the Big 5 although this is not Kruger or safari country so don’t expect lion kills and big cats hunting.
Itinerary for the game drive: Arrive at the lodge and enjoy coffee & cake. Depart on a 2-3 hour game drive with an experienced game ranger. The reserve also works as a conservation base for Cheetahs and you will visit this. A Full buffet lunch will follow before returning to Cape Town along fantastic scenic roads.
Day 5: Great White Shark Trip
Our another day to view the Great White Sharks predating on seals and watching their awesome power when they breach completely out of the water behind the boat!
Day 6: 7 Gill Cow Shark & Seal Dive (2 dives)
The meeting time will be at around 9am or 2pm if it is an afternoon trip. We will then set off to the Marine Protected area in search for The kelp dive is spectacular even without the sharks but when we find the sharks you will be one of the very lucky people to have ever had the opportunity to dive with these very unique and prehistoric sharks. The first dive will last from 40-60 minutes and on most days you will be glad to come up as the water can be quite chilly!
Following this dive we will warm up on the boat, have lunch and coffee whilst talking about what we saw. This is such a beautiful area and by far the best place to enjoy a coffee and sandwich in the cape!
Day 7: Free Day
Day 7 will be utilised as a backup day for rescheduled trips in the event of bad weather. As previously mentioned the trips are weather dependent and all trips are not fixed for their allocated days and may be switched to allow for the best experience for each activity. Should you have completed all of your activities by day 7 then you can enjoy the sites of Cape Town and the surrounds (at own expense) or choose to perhaps go on an additional trip or dive (At own expense)
Day 8: Depart
Transfer to Cape Town or the Airport should you be flying out on this day.
Shark Species to encounter
Great White SharksWe will be going out the Seal Island in False Bay early mornings to look for Great White Sharks around the Island. This is a little early for hunting activity and breaching but we will try our best to entice a Great White shark to hunt our fake ‘decoy’seal that we will tow behind the boat. We will anchor up at Seal Island then and chum for the sharks, once the Great White sharks arrive we will drop the cage into the water and enjoy a close encounter with the Apex predator of the oceans.
Blue SharksBlue Sharks are found offshore from Cape Town and we will launch from Simons Town in False Bay and head out to the deep blue approximately 30-50km past Cape Point. Here the water is very deep at approximately 500m but this is the zone where the Blue & Mako Sharks are roaming. We will continue offshore from Cape Point until the water started warming up and turning blue. From Cape Point the water will be fairly murky and green and as we go out we will start to hit the warm Agulhas Indian ocean current. Once we are in this current the water will clear, some days into a deep blue with up to 50m visibility! Once we are in the Zone we will start chumming and wait for our first sharks to arrive. Once they arrive we will first slip into the water on snorkel before kitting up for an hour long dive with these beautiful and curious sharks.
Mako SharksMako Sharks are know to the the fastest shark in the ocean and from experience it is like meeting the roadrunner in the water. The sharks are extremely fast and twitchy and one minute there will be nothing and then you will turn around and they are right behind you. It is slightly unnerving but the sharks are also cautious of the divers and with safety divers in the water and by following some basic safety rules then we will be able to safely enjoy a positive diving experience with them.
7 Gill Cow sharksThe Broadnose Seven Gill Cow Shark is very special. Millers Point along the Cape Peninsular is the only place int he world where you can consistently dive with the ancient sharks throughout the year. We will take you to the hot spot in a protected marine reserve to show you these fascinating animals which can be in numbers of 30+ on a single dive. This dive is a simple 10-12m dive in the stunning kelp forests close to Simons Town.
Cape Fur SealsWe will visit a local colony of Cape Fur Seals just after our 7 Gill Cow Shark dive. Know as the dogs of the ocean and extremely playful and curious this is a fun and memorable dive.
- 7 Nights bed and breakfast in Simons town
- Cape Town/Simons town transfers
- 2 White Shark trips
- 2 Inshore dive trips
- 1 Offshore dive trip
- 2 Half day land based sightseeing tours
- 1 Big Game Safari drive (with full buffet lunch) and visit to the Ostrich Farm
- Professional Dive Guide
- Weights and tanks
- Lunch, Snacks & cool drinks on boat
- Dive briefings and shark presentation
- Dive gear
- Additional cost for some land based options
- All items of a personal nature
29 April – 6 May 2012
6 May – 13 May 2012
30 May – 6 June 2012
2 x White Shark trips – Breaching – Natural Predation and cage diving
2 x Inshore dive trips with Seals and 7 Gill Cow Sharks
1 x Offshore dive trip with Blue & Mako Sharks
Water Temp: 14 – 24º C
Water visibility: 3 – 50 meters
What to bring
- Warm Jacket
- Sun block
- Dive card / proof of qualification
Other possible species sightings on this expedition
Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Longfin Tuna, Bonito, Yellow tail, Cape fur Seal, Albatross, Shearwaters, Petrels, African Penguin, Sperm Whale, Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Brydes Whale, Southern Right Whale, Humpback Whale, Pilot whale, Red Steenbras, Red Roman, Nudibranchs, Crayfish, Abalone.