Gansbaai is known as the Capital of the Great White Shark. Shark tours have been taking place here since the early nineties. Thousands of tourists and avid divers from across the globe have crossed the waters of Shark Alley on-board a great white shark cage diving boat.
Excursions take place daily and are weather dependent.
Great White Sharks and Copper Sharks are the most commonly seen shark species when cage diving in Gansbaai.
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Your white shark trip starts in Kleinbaai, just a few minutes’ drive outside of Gansbaai. Early morning you arrive at your shark operators’ crew house. Enjoy breakfast on location whilst listening to the dive briefing. Choose your wetsuit and other gear to be loaded onto the boat before walking down to the jetty ready to depart. The boat sets off on a 20-minute journey before anchoring either in the famous Shark Alley or nearby. The boat is operated by qualified and competent crew members. The crew includes a skipper, divemaster and deckhand. The crew members are also trained in skills such as firefighting and medic.
After anchoring, the crew starts to chum for the sharks. Chum is a mixture of tuna heads; pilchards and fish oil all mixed up and blended with seawater. This mixture is thrown overboard almost continuously throughout the day in order to create an oily chum slick. The chum slick gets carried into the current and when a great white shark swims across the current and smells the chum, it swims up the chum slick towards the boat to investigate and scavenge on this “dead animal” that it had smelled. It is for this purpose that the crew now also throws a tuna head on a rope into the ocean. The shark sees this and then stays interested in the boat as otherwise, it would circle the boat once or twice and then leave. The bait is not fed to the sharks but it is kept in the water in order to keep the sharks’ interest in the boat and cage.
Once the sharks have arrived the cage is put in the water. Should the sharks be comfortable with the cage and they hang around the first divers may enter the cage. Before you get into the cage you put your dive gear on which includes a wetsuit with hoodie and booties along with a mask. Not all boats supply weight belts so make sure that you request this prior to your trip should you wish to use it. No air devices are used. The great white sharks do not like the noise or sight of bubbles and as we want them to come as close to the cage as possible we simply let you hold your breath and pull yourself below the water for a few seconds at a time. As the sharks mostly circle the boat you will have more than enough dive time to view the sharks as they pass the front of the cage.
You will spend about 20 minutes in the cage after which another set of divers will enter the cage whilst you enjoying the viewing from the boat. Should you not wish to cage dive, don’t worry. The viewing from the boat is exceptional and as a non-diver, you will also have an awesome experience! For those die-hard divers out there, you are welcome to enter the cage a second time.
The boat is at sea for roughly 2 to 3 hours depending on the condition. Onboard you can enjoy the complimentary mineral water, snacks and drinks. No alcohol or smoking is allowed on any of the great white shark cage diving boats in Gansbaai.
The boat returns to Kleinbaai harbour and all the divers and non-divers now get a chance to view the day trip DVD whilst enjoying lunch. The day trip DVD is a DVD which is filmed on the day of the trip. The film is of the entire group and you have an option to purchase this as a souvenir. It is immediately available after your shark trip.
Good to know
- Excursions take place daily and are weather dependent
- No diving experience is required
- Breakfast on arrival
- Drinks & snacks on board
- Light lunch after the trip
- All gear inclusive
- Hot showers
- Day trip DVD
- Gratuity (optional)
- Warm clothing
- Swim costume
- Seasickness tablets
- Warm comfortable clothes over your swim costume
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Awesome day out with the family. Was very excited to have the opportunity to see a great white up close. Very friendly staff and great value for money. Definitely going back again. Thank you to Janeen and all the staff for the great service.
Had such a great experience. Loved every moment. From the booking of this excursion, we arriving and getting on the boat, experiencing the sharks till we got back to our vehicle it was just amazing.
Definitely recommending Shark Divers. Thank you Janine for your excellent service and arrangements. We will definitely make use of your services again.
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Wow, What an amazing experience. The staff were super welcoming and friendly, I saw the GREAT WHITE which was amazing as she wasnt spotted for a month, so that was a plus! The snacks were lovely and lunch very tasty.
There are simply no words that I can use to describe the experience that we had in Gansbaai! It was absolutely incredible. From the super accommodating and professional service given by Janeen just goes to sow why this company comes as recommended as they do. She went out of her way to make sure we went out to sea on the date we wanted to which speaks volumes for any tour operator. The diving itself was so much more than we ever expected it to be and seeing 12+ different sharks really is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Thank you so much! 10/10 would recommend.
What an Amazing experience my family and I had shark cage diving with White Shark Divers! Friendly staff. Very informative tour guide skipper and crew made us feel at ease. Definitely recommend going through them! Was really impressed with their service and will definitely be using them again 👍🏻
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