7 Gill Cow Shark Diving

The Seven Gill Cow Shark dive is a very special one in a stunning setting under the Cape Peninsula mountain range set in a small protected stony cove. This is the only place in the world where you can consistently dive with these rarely seen sharks.

Seven Gill Cow Sharks look prehistoric and slow and docile but they are formidable predators of seals, other sharks and fish. They are branded as “wolves of the sea” because of their cooperative hunting behaviour which is a rarity among sharks. The sharks are concentrated in very small areas and if you miss the spot then you will not see one. If you know where to go then you will be among 30+ on a dive and have the dive of your life.

Trip Info

Location: Cape Town

Season: All Year

Open Water

From ZAR2100 Per Person

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Trip Info

Location: Cape Town

Season: All Year

Open Water

From ZAR2100 Per Person

Need Help? Call, Send Quick Enquiry or WhatsApp!

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7 Gill Cow Shark Diving

The Seven Gill Cow Shark dive is a very special one in a stunning setting under the Cape Peninsula mountain range set in a small protected stony cove. This is the only place in the world where you can consistently dive with these rarely seen sharks.

Seven Gill Cow Shark Dive - Cape Town

 

Seven Gill Cow Sharks look prehistoric and slow and docile but they are formidable predators of seals, other sharks and fish. They are branded as “wolves of the sea” because of their cooperative hunting behaviour which is a rarity among sharks. The sharks are concentrated in very small areas and if you miss the spot then you will not see one. If you know where to go then you will be among 30+ on a dive and have the dive of your life.

You will be amazed how confident these sharks are with divers and approach within inches without a care. Cow Sharks are excellent to photograph as they are so comfortable in their domain with divers. You will find yourself surrounded by these beautiful placid sharks and the best of all it is a simple dive at only 10 meters deep in the protective kelp forest!

This is an excellent dive and a must for all who want to see unusual sharks in a stunning environment. To us, there is no better way to start the day in Cape Town and definitely one of our favourite dives! The trips depart from Simon’s Town any time of day and we will inform you of the times the day before the dive.

You have the option on your second dive to either dive with the 7 Gill Cow Sharks or go up the coast nearby to do the second dive with a resident seal colony. This is great fun and a nice contrast with the Cow shark dive. The dive is nice and long due to it being shallow and it is amazing how the seals interact with divers.

 

Habitat

The sharks and seals are found in between the kelp forests of the Cape peninsular in False Bay in a Marine Protected Area. Here the ecosystem is healthy as it is a protected area and there are an abundance and diversity of a variety of fish, shellfish and soft corals. The dive site is very sheltered but can be surgy when there are swells but mostly this is in the summer months.

Seven Gill Cow Shark Dive - Cape Town

 

07:00
Meet crew at Simon’s Town Pier where you will have a briefing about the trip and board the boat.

07:30
Launch & 15-minute scenic boat ride along the stunning Cape Peninsular coastline

07:45
Arrive at Millers Point reserve, anchor up and kit up

08:00
Slip into the water among the kelp and down to 10m and enjoy breathtaking dive

08:45
Surface and enjoy 1-hour surface interval with coffee and snacks whilst talking about the experience – If diving with the cow sharks we will stay on site and rest before the second dive. If the combo of Cow Shark diving and Seal diving is chosen you will go to the second dive spot during the interval

9:45
Kit up for the second dive

10:00
Drop back in for some more sharks or Seals

11:00
Surface and return to Simons Town Harbour

Seven Gill Cow Shark Dive - Cape Town

 

Included

  • Two guided SCUBA dives with cylinders & weights
  • Snacks & cool drinks on the boat
  • Dive briefing and full shark presentation

 

Optional Extras

  • All dive gear (sizes small to XXL are available) R495 for Full Set.
  • Return transfer from Cape Town. This can be organised at an additional cost of R500 per person. R1000 for a single traveler.

Seven Gill Cow Shark Dive - Cape Town

 

7 Gill Cow Shark Dive

ZAR 2100 Per Person

 

Gear Rental

ZAR 495 Per Person

 

Return transfer from Cape Town

ZAR 500 Per Person – If 1 Person then ZAR 1000

 

Bookings are essential as space is limited.

Please note: Seven Gill Cow Sharks are completely wild animals and as such sightings cannot be guaranteed. The crew will use their best knowledge in order to give you the most realistic expectations before making a booking. Should you not see a Cow Shark on a trip then you will not be refunded.

Allan Stather

This was a special dive in beautiful Kelp Forests and many sharks! The Cow sharks are amazingly relaxed and easy to dive with and not scary at all. The water was a little cold but the dive itself was so good that I would do it again no matter how cold it was!

Dave Caravias

This was one of the best dives I have ever done! It is easy, Shallow and the sharks come extremely close which makes it an exhilarating dive. Morne is fantastic and this is a must do dive!

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