Great White Shark Breaching – Cape Town Trip
Join the experienced and passionate Rob Lawrence at an exciting trip to Seal Island in False Bay and witness great white sharks hunting Cape Fur Seals in the early hours of the morning. Watching this massive animal launch through the air and attack its prey.
These trips with Rob Lawrence start at the break of dawn and you’ll reach the island by sunrise. This is the best time to see shark breaching activity as the sharks are less visible and once an appropriate anchoring spot is secured the wait starts. Predator / prey interaction is almost guaranteed on these trips.
The team focuses on collecting environmental and shark data; and also takes amazing above and below water pictures to continue our database of known marine life. Sometimes slides shows and talks will be given after returning to the land.
An estimated seven out of ten days meet suitable weather conditions for these trips, but the final decision is always the boat’s skipper.
Mid Season (15th September+)
Peak Season (16 May – 14 September)
Meet at Simon’s Town Pier and board the Blue Pointer II; you will be welcomed aboard and will be given a full safety briefing and the expected weather forecast for the day.
In pre-dawn darkness the boat departs for Seal Island and this will take roughly 20 minutes.
07:20 to 12:30
You’ll arrive at Seal Island, False Bay at dawn and the first two hours of your trip will be the ideal time to witness the great white sharks hunting in their natural environment. Seeing a great white sharks breaching is truly remarkable and unforgettable experience.
Guests are briefed on what to expect in the next couple of hours and what to look out for; a sharks behaviour can give a clear indication of when it might attack. After a while the seals retreat to the island and then the crew starts to use a decoy; this attracts the sharks and shark breaching can be expected.
After this the crew finds a suitable place to anchor and drops the cage; this is when your shark cage diving experience will commence. The purpose of this part of the trip is purely to observe the sharks and not interact with them.
No diving experience is required when doing cage diving, but scuba gear can be used if the conditions permit it and the crew are happy with the use of scuba gear in the current conditions. Divers without experience will merely hold their breath in the cage. The average dive time per guest is a 20 – 30 minutes.
A cooler box with muffins, sandwich rolls, fruit juice, bottled water, coke, crisps and sweets are available on the boat for the trip.
The crew start to head back to Simon’s Town and this may be earlier depending on shark and weather conditions.
Payment is made after the shark trip at the booking office. A complimentary coffee voucher is offered as well as a discount at Harbour view restaurant should you wish to have some lunch.
Including / Excluding
Included / Excluded
- All Diving Gear
- Drinks, rolls and snacks are available on the boat for the duration of the trip
- Return Transfer from Cape Town (Starting from Additional R400 per person)
This has got to be the most amazing experience of our lives. A pretty early start…getting on the boat whilst it’s still dark…but well worth it. Arrive at Seal Island as the sun rises and you then get to see these amazing creatures in action. In total we saw 4 Great White Shark breaches. When it was time to go into the cage there was a fair bit of activity by the boat. In the cage (a lot warmer than expected!) was a surreal experience, seeing Great White sharks up close and personal…amazing. When it was time to leave the adventure didn’t stop as we saw hundreds of dolphins… beautiful! Rob and is crew were exceptionally knowledgeable, and their love for the Great White’s shone with every encounter we had