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Cape Town: Gansbaai Eco-Friendly Shark Cage Diving Cruise

1. Cape Town: Gansbaai Eco-Friendly Shark Cage Diving Cruise

Discover the thrill of diving with sharks in the safety of a cage with this tour from Cape Town. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and head to Dyer Island to hop in the water with sharks. Have snacks and drinks onboard and end your experience with soup access to the African penguin and seabird sanctuary. If the transfer option is selected, your adventure will start with a pickup from your hotel in Cape Town. Take a drive along a scenic route to get to your destination – the Great White House.  Once there, enjoy 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 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 the option is selected).

From Cape Town or Hermanus: Shark Cage Dive Boat Cruise

2. From Cape Town or Hermanus: Shark Cage Dive Boat Cruise

Discover the thrill of diving with sharks in a protective cage on this boat tour to Shark Alley. Choose from a tour with a pickup and drop-off service from Cape Town or Hermanus, or a tour with a meeting point at Kleinbaai Harbor. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks on your trip.  On arrival, enjoy complimentary snacks with coffee or tea during the safety briefing on land and get fitted with your high-quality wetsuit. Embark on your cruise from Kleinbaai Harbor. Arrive at shark alley and watch as the boat is anchored and the sharks are lured by bait line to the cage. Watch the sharks from the deck of the boat while waiting to hop into the cage for your own unforgettable close encounter. Sip on drinks and snacks on board while you warm up on the deck before having another underwater encounter with these awe-inspiring apex predators. No diving experience is necessary for this surface-level cage dive, it's as easy as holding your breath. Have your experience captured by an onboard cameraman and after viewing the day's footage back on land, while tucking into a hot meal, you can choose to purchase a souvenir USB.

From Hermanus or Cape Town: Shark Cage Diving Experience

3. From Hermanus or Cape Town: Shark Cage Diving Experience

Discover the excitement of meeting a great white shark on this day trip. Choose from a tour with hotel pickup in Hermanus or Cape Town or a tour where you can meet the boat directly in Gansbaai. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and lunch and get a certificate for your shark cage dive. First, enjoy breakfast at the stunning Lodge. The continental breakfast consists of freshly made muffins, quiches, yogurt, cereals, toast and cold meats, tea, and coffee. Meet your skipper for the day, who has extensive experience working in the unique marine area off the southern Cape coast. The skippers log more contact with great white sharks than anyone else worldwide. Have a brief introductory presentation on the Great White Shark and learn how the activity provider works with the sharks in the area. Spend 2 to 4 hours at sea, depending on how often the sharks visit the boat. Be sure to ask as many questions as you wish. Hop into the cage, which takes 6 people at a time. Each person spends about 20 minutes in the cage. All scuba equipment, including 7 mm wetsuits, is provided – you don’t need a scuba license to cage dive. On your return to dry land, you will return to the Lodge for a light lunch.

Cape Town: Shark Cage Dive

4. Cape Town: Shark Cage Dive

This half-day tour, just outside Cape Town, allows you to see a variety of shark species throughout the year according to the seasons, weather, water temperature, and other factors. Venture to Seal Island or Cape Point to see seven-gill cow sharks, mako sharks, blue sharks, and great white sharks. The location for the day will be determined by the best shark activity and sea conditions and will be confirmed with you the day before your trip. A small group of guests onboard allows for better viewing opportunities and a longer cage dive. The cage accommodates four guests comfortably and is fixed to the boat just above the surface of the water.

Cape Town: Shark Diving at Gansbaai Harbor Private Tour

5. Cape Town: Shark Diving at Gansbaai Harbor Private Tour

Enjoy a day of diving in a shark cage and viewing fearsome Great White Sharks in their natural environment. Get picked up from your hotel in Cape Town early in the morning and head to Gansbaai Harbor. Have breakfast and get a safety overview before heading out to see assorted birds, sharks, whales, and seals. Get inside the cage and dive down to get up close with the sea life and get a certificate memorializing your bravery. View a DVD of the day's dives over lunch. Enjoy a day of sea, sunshine, and majestic sea life at one of the few working fishing villages left in the Western Cape.

Cape Town: Great African Sea Forest Guided Snorkel

6. Cape Town: Great African Sea Forest Guided Snorkel

Join a team of marine biologists in the Great African Sea Forest to spot some incredible underwater life, and help out with their research on sharks. During this guided snorkeling tour, you’ll learn from experts about the underwater forest and get a glimpse of a variety of beautiful marine species. Your guide will lead you through the Sea Forest, as you learn about how octopi hunt, find shysharks' favorite hiding spots, and discover why sea urchins wear ‘hats’. Then, you’ll get a role in ongoing shark research, as you find and collect photo identification of a friendly endemic shark species.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 75 reviews

An unforgettable experience! We were looked after very well, everything was well organized. At the start there was a delicious breakfast including instruction on the dive and interesting facts about sharks and the organization "Marine Dynamics". Then we went on the boat and up to 10 people could go into the cage at the same time. Someone from the team also filmed everything. A unique adventure, you could be very close to the animals. Even if you weren't in the cage, everything was excellent to follow from the boat. This excursion is highly recommended!

Perfect way to see sharks in the wild with a professional crew and respect for the animals. As a participant of the event we were very well looked after by the team and everything was perfectly organized. The team was very knowledgeable about the animals and area and make you feel comfortable. The encounter with the sharks cannot be described by words, but was in one word amazing. Highly advise the tour and organization, Marine Dynamics!

It was cool to see a citizen science approach to this common tourist activity in the kelp forest. I would just caution tourists who want to get right out and see a lot of fish. This is a quieter, more intentional experience.

Thoroughly enjoyed the day. it was a shame I didn't get to see a Great White but the Brpnze Whaler is a beautiful animal to witness in the wild, got entertained by a seal showing off as well.

Very knowledgeable guide, wel organized and executed.