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Cape Town

 

Season: Simons Town
AM February – April,
PM June – September
Gansbaai
AM & PM – All Year

 

No Experience Necessary

 

R1925 Per Person (AM Trip Feb-May+September)
R1815 Per Person (PM Trip June-September)
From R1350 (Gansbaai)

 

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Simons Town is approximately 40 minutes from Cape Town Central Gansbaai is 2 hours but Capital for Great White Shark Cage Diving

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The Trip

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Shark Cage Diving – Cape Town Trip

 
SHOULD YOU BE ENQUIRING FOR TIMES OUTSIDE THE SEASON (SEPTEMBER – FEBRUARY) (APRIL – JUNE) PLEASE GO TO THE GANSBAAI SHARK CAGE DIVING PAGE

Shark Cage Diving in summer is new to Cape Town and false bay. Fortunately due to extensive research on shark population and movements, it has been found that male Great White Sharks visit seal Island in False Bay from February. This was tested this year and so far the trips have been run with 100% success rate. The average number of sharks per trip is 5+ and water visibility is good from between 3-5 meters daily.

The sharks do not unfortunately hunt and breach on a regular basis at the Island in the summer but they are there around the Island. Already this summer there have been a couple of predations on seals witnessed on the trips which was a huge bonus. False bay has an excellent advantage on Gansbaai if the weather is bad at Gansbaai. Fortunately False bay is sheltered by westerly winds which tend to hit Gansbaai occasionally so it is possible now in the summer to still see the Great White sharks if the weather is bad and Gansbaai trips have been cancelled. The predominant wind in summer is South East which does affect False Bay and seal Island and not Gansbaai but normally this only starts picking up from the afternoon. In the winter we do get frequent cold fronts rolling in an unlike Gansbaai the Island in False Bay is fairly sheltered and trips are possible.

In my view if you have the time the summer is still the best to cage diving in Gansbaai and breaching trips in False Bay in the winter but if you want to do the trip close to Cape Town and do not have all day then this is a great choice of trip!

Seal Island, Simons Town – Cape Town

AM Summer (Feb-April)

R1925
per person

PM Winter (June-August)

R1815
per person

PM Winter (September)

R1925
per person

Shark Alley, Gansbaai

All Year

R1450
per person
SIMONS TOWN – AM Trip (February – April)

The sharks only start breaching from May normally so we concentrate on just cage diving at the Island. We do not have to launch at first light unlike in the winter so the start is not too early.

7:00  -  Meet crew at Simon’s Town Pier. Guests are welcomed aboard and a full safety and weather briefing is given before departure
7:15  - Depart for Seal Island. (25 to 35 minute boat ride)
7:30 – 10:30  - The crew will anchor up and then start to chum the water to attract sharks to the vessel. The shark could arrive immediately or it could take a while. Normally we do not have to wait too long however but these are wild animals and they will only approach us if they want to. If the weather conditions are favorable, i.e. good visibility and workable seas and sharks then the you may have the opportunity to use scuba in the cage. Once the sharks arrive you will slip into the cage and then enjoy the sharks.
11:00  - The boat will return to Simon’s Town Harbour depending on the weather conditions and shark activity but this is not set in stone.
SIMONS TOWN – PM Trip (May – September)
Join a trip in the afternoon to Seal Island to Cage Dive with the Great White Sharks. The Cage Diving afternoon trips just focus on cage diving at the island. This trip is not a breaching and predation trip like the morning and it is unlikely to see predation activity in the afternoons. At the end of the trip a decoy (fake seal) will be towed and you will hopefully be lucky with a view of a natural predation close to the boat.

The boat takes a maximum of 12 guests per trip. This small number allows for great viewing opportunities and long cage dives. The cage is tied to the boat and guests are allowed to snorkel in the cage. In view of this, a diving certification is not necessary.

Bookings are essential as space is limited.

Please note: Great white 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 Great White Shark on a trip then you will not be refunded.

13:00  - Meet crew at Simon’s Town Pier. Guests are welcomed aboard and a full safety and weather briefing is given before departure
13:15  - Depart for Seal Island. (25 to 35 minute boat ride)
13:30 – 16:30  - The crew find a suitable location around Seal Island to anchor and start attracting sharks. Once a shark approaches the boat bait is put in the water to keep the sharks around the boat. At no point are the sharks purposefully fed or handled and only fish products and no Shark livers or any other attractants that have a negative impact on the environment are used.Once the sharks arrive the divers will enter the cage. The sharks come right up to the boat and if you do not want to dive then you will still have an excellent experience viewing the sharks.Snacks, soft drinks, fruit juice, bottled water are available on the boat.
17:00  - Depending on the weather and shark activity the boat should arrive back in Simon’s Town Harbor.
GANSBAAI – AM + PM Trips (ALL YEAR)
Travel up the coast from Cape Town to Gansbaai at any time of year to dive with or see the Great White Sharks. Normally from October – March the sharks move inshore just behind the back line of the surf and we work at Joubertsdam which is a reef structure just off the beach. We run morning trips daily and if we have enough people to run 2 trips when we will also run an afternoon tour. From the months of April – September the sharks normally move offshore to Shark Alley and around Dyer Island and Geyser Rock. The boats will then position around the Island in various places to attract the sharks patrolling the waters hunting seals from the 60,000 strong seal colony.

To learn more about the Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai (Capital in the world for Great White Shark Cage Diving) Please click here

In Gansbaai if you do not see a Great White Shark then you will be given a voucher to go again for free! Also if you upgrade to a large boat then if you do not see a Great White Shark you will be refunded for your tour or have the option to go again for free.

Times do vary per day and the times below are rough guides.

06:30  - Meet at the crew house and enjoy breakfast followed by the briefing before departure
07:30  - Depart for Shark Alley or Jobertsdam by the beach. (15 to 20 minute boat ride)
07:50 – 10:30  - The crew find a suitable location to anchor relative to the weather conditions and shark activity then start to chum for the sharks (FIsh based products). Once the shark arrives at the boat the cage is dropped in and cage diving and viewing will commence.
11:15  - Arrive back at the crew house to watch the DVD of the trip and enjoy a light lunch.

The second tour normally works on the same schedule 3-4 hours later.

Incl/Excl

Included / Excluded

SIMONS TOWN

Included

  • All dive gear (sizes small to XXL are available)
  • Drinks & Snacks provided throughout the course of the trip on-board

Excluded

  • A return transfer can be organized from Cape Town (Additional R450 pp for 2 or more R700 for single travelers)

GANSBAAI

Included

  • Breakfast on arrival
  • All dive gear (sizes small to XXL are available)
  • Videographer on the boat filming the experience
  • Drinks & Snacks provided throughout the course of the trip on-board
  • Light Lunch after trip

Excluded

  • A return transfer can be organised from Cape Town (Additional R350 per person
  • DVD of the trip – Optional extra R350 per copy
  • Underwater camera rentals R350 per camera (Keep the memory stick after)/li>

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    Shark Cage Diving Cape Town - Enquiry Form

    (Including International Code)

    Simons Town is approximately 40 minutes from Cape Town Central Gansbaai is 2 hours but Capital for Great White Shark Cage Diving

    Please make time available for up to a few days after your preferred trip date. You may have to reschedule your trip to another day in the event of bad weather.

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Shark Cage Diving Cape Town - Enquiry Form

(Including International Code)

Simons Town is approximately 40 minutes from Cape Town Central Gansbaai is 2 hours but Capital for Great White Shark Cage Diving

Please make time available for up to a few days after your preferred trip date. You may have to reschedule your trip to another day in the event of bad weather.

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Shark Cage Diving - Cape Town Booking Form

(Under 12 years of age)

(Including International Code)

Please make time available for up to a few days after your preferred trip date. You may have to reschedule your trip to another day in the event of bad weather.

(Optional)

Enter Credit Card Details

Please note that we will only bill your card if you cancel at late notice - Please see cancellation policy

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