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Shark Cage Diving

Gansbaai

Activity Description

All trips are weather and tide dependant and launch times may vary accordingly from those stated. Your launch time will be confirmed the day before.

Unlike bungy jumping or sky diving, the adrenaline rush from shark cage diving comes from being face to face with one of the world’s greatest predators: the Great White Shark.

The experience puts you in their territory while the safety of the activity allows you to be an observer and learn what Great White Sharks are really like. An on board marine biologist will educate you about this amazing apex predator.

Shark Cage Diving is safe for children and elders and gives the whole family a wonderful opportunity to bond in a fun environment surrounded by experts and researchers.

After this once in a life time experience, you’ll find yourself buzzing with excitement and adrenaline. You will have had the opportunity to come up close and personal with one of the oceans most majestic and foreboding creatures.

Here is a brief breakdown of what to expect once you arrive:
• Before the trip guests meet at THE GREAT WHITE HOUSE in Kleinbaai
• You will receive breakfast or lunch and register your wetsuit size
• Guests receive a pre-trip safety briefing about what to expect during the trip and a biological background on great white sharks
• We then take a 200m stroll down to the harbour to board Slashfin
• Travel time to Dyer Island is approximately 20 minutes, with the shallows being a short 10 minute ride (where we anchor depends on where the sharks are)
• On average, we anchor for 2 hours, but this depends on shark activity, conditions, as well as number of divers
• Weather permitting, we take a quick trip through the infamous Shark Alley
• Lastly, a debrief in the Great White House and a celebratory beverage to toast the occasion!

Why We Are Different:
• A dedicated marine biologist on board every trip
• Our Boat (Slashfin) is the largest in the industry (most deck space per customer) and was purposely built for shark cage diving and includes two restrooms, and an upper deck for the ultimate viewing and photography experience when not in the cage.
• A fully licensed Restaurant and Crew House, aptly named the GREAT WHITE HOUSE, which includes facilities such as: 2 marine rooms where professional safety and informative briefings are given before each trip + separate ladies/gents/handicap restroom facilities with a 5-star rating + curio shop
• We guarantee clean, dry wetsuits (a rarity in the industry)
• Our crew receives as many compliments as the Great White Sharks, with more combined experience than any other Shark Cage Diving crew.
• You will leave with great memories and a deep appreciation of this majestic animal.

Arrangements

DurationOpen Ended
When7 days a week year round, subject to availability and weather conditions. Only closed on Christmas day and New Year. Time slots are not confirmed times. Please ensure that you make the whole day available as times can only be confirmed the day before.
WhereThe Great White House, Gansbaai
WeatherThe service is weather and tide dependent. Time slots are not confirmed times. Please ensure that you make the whole day available as times can only be confirmed the day before and is not negotiable. You will be advised the day before what time your trip will go out.
What to WearBathing Costume, warm clothing (it is cold on the water when the wind blows), tackies / sneakers, wind breaker.
Things to BringCamera, Sunblock, Sunglasses, Bathing Costume, Anti Nausea medication (should seasickness be a concern- recommend that it is taken the night before and two hours prior to the trip).
Guests or SpectatorsGuests can wait for their party at The Great White House Restaurant where they can purchase drinks, meals and shop for curios.

Requirements

Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight150.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

A Shark Cage Dive / Viewing guided by a marine biologist, a light meal (breakfast or lunch depending on time of trip), refreshments on board and soup and bread on return is included.
Equipment such as wet suits, booties, masks, towel are provided. Life jackets and waterproof jacket is alo supplied.

Exclusions

A video link of your experience is not included in the price but can be purchased in addition to the dive / viewing excursion. Cost R200.
This is uploaded 24-48 hours after trip and once downloaded can be used across social platforms and saved for your memories.

Notes

All trips are weather and tide dependant and launch times may vary accordingly from those stated. Your launch time will be confirmed the day before.

Customer Reviews

Most people coming to South Africa or even visiting Gansbaai from inside the country to do a shark dive will have some level of anticipation about what may eventuate on the day due to the nature of the experience they have signed up for. From the first initial greeting at the entry to the complex and all the way through the experience, Marine Dynamics did a great job of making us feel comfortable and safe. The information we received was relevant, informative and captivating. The service and hospitality of all the staff was amazing. The catering was better than we expected and also delicious. And best of all the experience on board the boat and in the water was. My wife and I had our 5 year old son with us on board - who also went in the cage and had an exhilarating time - so therefore safety was of the utmost importance to us. Congratulation Marine Dynamics on providing a terrific experience all round - We would recommend this to anyone and if we make it back to Gansbaai from Australia in the future we will definitely be back! - Matt Hegarty - and family


My partner Neville and I had a wonderful day with the Marine Dynamics Team. Everyone was exceptionally friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Out on the water we were supplied with good quality gear and definitely got our value for money with the time in the cage (we saw 1 Great White, 3 Bronze Whalers, a large Short Tailed Stingray and a very playful Cape Fur Seal) commentary by a marine biologist and just a generally nice few hours out on the water. We would recommend Marine Dynamics to our friends and family! - Monique Escudero


Excellent in all respects. Very professional operation. It is nature and there is no guaranteed shark experience anywhere BUT they are quite likely a persons best bet to experience shark cage diving and observation and particularly great whites anywhere in the world. We saw 5 coppper sharks and one great white, all 10-12 feet in length and were satisfied completely. We were able to compare the different operations in gansbaii as they were all in the same area for our day. Their boat and equipment were by far superior to the other operations. They also provide a professional video of your day included in their price which some other operators dont do or charge an additional fee. Marine Dynamics-easily the best choice. - rusty and amber counce


We did a shark dive in 2016 with Marine Dynamics, so when we booked a return trip this year, they were the only choice for us. This time, we took sister and brother in law along and they were as impressed as were were. The trip was effortless and we were kept informed before the dive; even down to being warned about local roadworks! The whole team are great, knowledgeable and friendly. My sister in law was a little overwhelmed getting into the cage but the staff on board reassured her and kept making sure she was ok. She was a little sea sick after the dive, but again they really went out of their way to check on her and make sure she was comfortable. The dive itself was well organised and the team made sure we all got a fair chance to see the sharks. We were blessed with copper sharks and rather late to the party a great white finally showed up. We were given the opportunity to go back in the cage to see ‘Shaun’, which was fantastic. The thing I remembered most from our first dive was the hot chocolate afterwards; it’s awesome and most welcome after being submerged in the Atlantic! Marine Dynamics are passionate about the work they do and the service they provide and I have recommended them wholeheartedly to friends, family (& people at work!!) who have wanted to experience a shark cage dive. Our second visit was just as good as the first and Marine Dynamics would be my first choice for any future trips. Thank you to all involved. - Janet Holden


We had a great time! The staff was very helpful and friendly. And we saw lots of bronze sharks! Right up against the cage. It was an amazing experience! - Christian Keller




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