Water activity

Gansbaai Eco-Friendly Shark Cage Diving

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69 reviews

Gansbaai Eco-Friendly Shark Cage Diving

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From US$ 96.55 per person

Get up close with the ocean's most majestic apex predator with a cage dive amongst the sharks of Gansbaai. Learn more from the on-board marine biologists and get a pre and post-dive briefing. Optional transfers from Cape Town are available.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 5 - 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup optional
Guests will be collected from their hotel in Cape Town. Pick-up times will be confirmed the afternoon before the trip after a detailed weather check has been done.
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Get up close with sharks from the safety of a cage
  • Enjoy 5-star facilities at the Great White House, including a licensed restaurant and bar
  • Visit a rehabilitation center for sick and ill seabirds, including the endangered African Penguin
  • Learn more about the conservation projects and how you can make a difference
  • Benefit from the expertize of an on-board marine biologist
Full description
If the transfer option is selected, your adventure will start pickup from your hotel in Cape Town. Take a 2.5-hour drive along a scenic route to get to your destination - the Great White House. Once there, enjoy a breakfast or lunch before a safety briefing about what to expect. Then, stroll to the harbor to board a dedicated shark-diving vessel. Journey to Dyer Island in 20 minutes and drop anchor where the sharks reside. Your boat will have all the amenities, along with drinks and snacks for your comfort. Collect your waterproof bag containing your dive kit and then get up close to these magnificent animals in their natural environment, protected of course by a cage. You'll be completely safe, but your adrenaline will be pumping like crazy! This is sure to be an experience you will never forget. Travel through shark alley if conditions permit before returning to land for a debriefing and a warm bowl of soup. Then, enjoy free entry to the African penguin and seabird sanctuary on your way back to Cape Town (if option selected).
Includes
  • Transport from and back to Cape Town (if option chosen)
  • All dive equipment
  • Breakfast or lunch upon arrival
  • Snacks and drinks on board
  • Light lunch after your dive
  • Briefing sessions before and after the trip
  • Visit to the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary
  • Souvenirs at the curio shop
  • Extra meals and drinks
  • Professional trip footage
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet at The Great White House in Kleinbaai, 5 Geelbek St, Van Dyks Bay, 7220, South Africa. Please note that the meeting time will be confirmed the day before your trip. All self-drive guests will start at this point as indicated on the map.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear

Not allowed

  • Smoking in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • This is a full day activity (8-10 hours)
  • Catering to any dietary requirement is possible
  • There are no age restrictions for the boat trip, but children must be over 7 years old to do the dive
  • Viewing from the boat is also possible - it is not mandatory to dive
  • The boats and welcome facilities are wheelchair friendly - the boat can accommodate 2 wheelchairs per trip
  • Please note that sightings are not guaranteed
  • This trip is weather dependent
  • Starting times mentioned are subject to change daily and only used as indication
  • Exact pick-up time can only be confirmed the afternoon before the trip after a detailed weather check has been done - you will be contacted to confirm.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 69 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Very good experience. The welcome at the restaurant, a light breakfast but appropriate to enter the sea and not feel heavy stomach, the explanation of the activity very easy to understand for someone who does not speak English perfectly. Once on the catamaran, you sail for about 15 minutes until you reach the sighting point, there is time to put on your suit and wait your turn to enter the cage. You really enjoy being in the water, it's a good time, unfortunately I didn't see a white shark but the experience is just as enjoyable. They serve you with a hot chocolate after getting out of the water and a snack. It's almost 3 hours at sea. Back at the restaurant they give you a hot soup because the trip back is cold. We also visit the rehabilitation place for the penguins with an explanation of what they do.

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February 12, 2022

The staff was great, but unfortunately we could only see the bronze shark because there are currently no white sharks there. What was the worst for us is that we both got completely seasick and couldn't enjoy the adventure anymore, couldn't take any souvenir photos because she was bad for us and that's a shame.

February 17, 2020

Great experience. The tour that was actually booked at 11 a.m. was canceled due to the weather or postponed to 7 a.m. As a result, I was picked up at the hotel at 4 a.m. There was a small breakfast in Gaansbai. I would not eat anything retrospectively. I was told that the sea was not worse than usual, despite the rather bad weather that day. However, sooner or later 70% of the participants became seasick and several vomited. I was able to enjoy at least 2/3 of the tour. It was a shame that we didn't see a big white man (that was always a dream of mine). But it was not necessarily to be expected in January and not the fault of the organizers (season for great white sharks from April). It was still absolutely exciting in the cage and I saw some copper sharks. Great photos were taken. I would do it again. You felt very safe. The organization was great.

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February 2, 2020

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