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Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town

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  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Spend time watching one of the world’s most feared fish on this 4-to-6-hour cage diving experience in Cape Town. Travel to the ocean off the coast of Gansbaai for a full-day tour. Learn about great white sharks from your marine-biologist guide, and then dive into the water in a cage to observe sharks in their natural habitat. Breakfast, snacks and hotel-pick up and drop off are included.
  • Full-day shark-diving tour from Cape Town
  • Journey into the open ocean from Gansbaai, a fishing village known for its dense population of great white sharks
  • Enjoy breakfast at the Great White House
  • Learn about the sharks in their natural habitat from an onboard marine biologist
  • Jump into a cage as your lowered into the water, which is the natural habitat of great white sharks
  • Bring home a video of your experience (own expense)

What's Included

  • Breakfast
  • Light refreshments
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All diving gear and towels supplied
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

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Pickup details

Pick-up from hotels, guesthouses, backpackers, vacation rentals, AirBnB's and any other points within Cape Town city centre. Please specify your pickup address. We can inform you if it is possible. Please note that the timeslot selected is an estimated time for when the Shark Cage Diving boat will launch. Pickup time will be earlier to allow enough travel time from Cape Town to arrive for pre-trip briefing at the Great White House in Gansbaai. These are only estimated times and exact times can only be confirmed a day prior, after a detailed weather and tide check. Please allow a full day in your itinerary for this activity.

What To Expect

This exciting shark experience begins from your central Cape Town hotel.

Start at the Great White House, Gansbaai’s shark diving center, where you’ll eat breakfast, and meet your guides for the day. After eating, get fitted into the appropriate diving gear.

Climb into the specialized diving boat, complete with a shark diving cage, for the 20-minute trip into the ocean. Your captain heads for Dyer Island, choosing an ideal place to stop for the dive.

The cage is secured to the side of the boat, and during the cage dives it stays a few feet (meters) below the surface of the water. This means it’s easy for you to get out of the water at any point when you want to.

The boat stays anchored in this diving spot for roughly two hours, depending on shark activity. During that time, there are drinks and snacks for you aboard the boat. After the boat returns to Gansbaai, enjoy light refreshments back at the Great White House. You can choose to buy a professional video of your shark cage diving experience (own expense).

Your experience concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in Cape Town.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • You must contact the local service provider to confirm your exact pickup time
  • It is recommended that you wear a swim-suit underneath your clothes
  • This tour typically departs at 9am, however if the weather conditions are bad in the morning, the tour will leave in the afternoon; this will be confirmed by the tour operator close to the day of your tour
  • Please note: Sharks are wild animals and their presence cannot be guaranteed. Every experience that guests have w, is educational from start to finish. The local supplier works with wild life and nature and sightings are never guaranteed. If a shark has been sighted from the boat, they will consider that a successful trip. If there is no shark activity while on a shark cage diving tour with the supplier, then a voucher will be offered. This voucher is not transferable – your name and passport number will be recorded on the voucher. The transfer fee is non-refundable.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips


Layer up as it gets very windy on the boat!
I'd also add maybe extra clothes depending what you're wearing.
Reviews
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Awesome staff and experience
Manohar_N, Nov 2022
The sharks underwater were bigger than when observed from the surface. The staff were absolutely phenomenal. They took great care of us. They went over and beyond. Kudos to them. Got educated on sharks and conservation. Hopefully it will leave a lasting impact on my kids.
No Great Whites
Kevin_B, Nov 2022
The pick up and return were prompt and courteous. The crew were friendly and attentive. My main complaint, is this uses photos of Great White Sharks. Historically this is hot bet for them. But ever since 2017 when Killer Whales sighting have dropped off completely. We were told that the last Great White sitting was August. They need to cease using the Great White Shark as a selling point. I found this massively disappointing, and truly a waste of a day. Water was 11.7 C or about 53 F. That with fish chum poured over my head for a few seconds of Bronze Whaler viewings, is a total waste of time. Crew are friendly, it’s not bad service. Just don’t sell what is going to be seen any longer.
Extremely kind and attentive staff
Samantha_R, Oct 2022
Shark cage diving was a bucket list item for me and I'm really glad I went while in cape town. The staff was so kind and attentive throughout the entire experience as well. I came down with horrible sea sickness throughout the majority of the experience as the water was quite choppy and the staff on the boat were extremely attentive in providing me with vomit bags, water, mints, and seating me in the very front of the boat. The water was also very bearable with the provided wetsuits. It was just unfortunately a bit hard to enjoy the experience as much as I would have liked to given how sick I was, but that was completely beyond the control of the staff.
Would recommend!
Aileen_P, Oct 2022
An amazing day doing the Shark Cage diving experience with Marine Dynamics. It is a long day if you are travelling from Cape Town. We stayed in Camps Bay and the drive was long but there was wifi in the van and we made two stops at very nice “stop &go” locations. Once we got to the location we had a good briefing, and locally sourced breakfast. Then made our was to the boat (2ish blocks walk). It did seem like there was a lot of people on our tour but we all had plenty of time in the cage to see the sharks (8 people in the cage at a time) We were lucky the swell was small that day as being in the cage and changing afterwards made us very nauseated but the crew helped us get sorted and to a better location on the boat to avoid any emesis. We saw a ton of copper sharks but were sad that we didn’t see any Great Whites as they have not been very frequent in the area due to orca’s. We did our experience end of Sept and the last sighting of a great white was in Aug. The water was quite cool but the hooded wet suites helped. I would recommend taking anti-nausea meds prior, and taking warm loose* clothing to change into after. Definitely drink the hot chocolate after. I did find it a little odd that we didn’t have the opportunity to rinse off after our “dive” (googles and wetsuits only, no scuba gear), as we were swimming in the cage and the chum was sprayed over us multiple times but there was no lingering smell. Once we got back to land, we had a very nice soup snack to warm up as well. The crew and volunteers were very professional, kind and educational. We would definitely recommend this excursion.
Amazing Shark Experience!
Bobby_I, Oct 2022
I always wanted to do this! Finally got the chance! Didn't get to see any Great whites, boo.... orcas chased them away. I did get to see copper sharks, around 15 of them, the cage experience was great, people working on the boat were super in tune with our needs and safety. I recommend being the first group that gets into the cage, as the sharks fill out and become less interested in the bait. The Driver, Nazem, I think, was a really great person, fun driver, he had so much information, made great stops along the way, he stopped on a mountain with ocean views and we caught a glimpse of 15 whales with babies, some were even playing, right in the lagoon, a penguin sanctuary, and great places for snacks. Felt very safe around him and he went the extra mile in every regard. Overall, what an amazing experience, would recommend it! Ask for Nazem, he is great!
Amazing Trip
Yitian_C, Oct 2022
The trip was great! Our driver Andy did an amazing job for such a long drive (~5+hrs from CT). He also made sure that we stopped at a few local attentions along the way. Our marine guide Susy and the whole crew are well organized and very professional. We saw 14 copper sharks in our trip. It was a life time experience!
The staff was awesome....
James_B, Sep 2022
The staff was awesome. The boat was a bit crowded but everyone had their turn. It was quite wavy so several customers got sick but the staff handled it well.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Would not recommend
Himali_P, Aug 2022
I would not recommend this trip. We did not know that it was a 2.5 hour car ride from Cape Town. Our 11am tour had a 7am pick up time. No breakfast or coffee provided. It was advertised as a 4 hour excursion, but it ended up being a 12 hour excursion with most of the time in transit. The biggest problem is that they do not provide a place to put on your wet suit. You have to put on your wet suit on the moving boat in front of everyone else. However, Suzy, our guide, was really wonderful. She tried her best to be positive and helpful. We didn’t actually see any sharks, which is certainly not her fault, but definitely disappointing. Also, the van driver, Rian was excellent!!! He was timely, friendly, and empathic to our experience. As soon as he learned we didn’t see anything he asked if we wanted to stop by a bay to view whales. We did and we actually saw some. This was the highlight of the trip. If not for him, Suzy, and the crew on the boat, we would rate this experience lower.
A once In life time experience
Lisa_O, Jul 2022
The most amazing experience. The staff was absolutely wonderful. I will definitely be doing this again one day
3 travelers found this review helpful
Unique life experience!
Mario_S, Jun 2022
Although wildlife viewing is not guaranteed, we got to see three white sharks. We were lucky! We also saw four Copper sharks and two sting rays.
A Must Do
Travis_B, Jun 2022
Awesome experience very knowledgeable and friendly staff. We got to see 3 different Great White Sharks and a few other fish. Highly recommended.
Trip was good. Seen...
Shannon_D, May 2022
Trip was good. Seen copper sharks and seven gill sharks. Were also lucky enough to have a sting Ray swim up to us multiple times
1 traveler found this review helpful
I paid 20,009 of plane Hotels to see the great white I don’t care about the cost off the tour Is the way you se
Juliocesar_G, Apr 2022
I came from Ida to see white sharks and They change the day and then 8 hours before send me a message that they don’t see white shark For almost a year
1 traveler found this review helpful
Ripping people off
Gary_B, Apr 2022
Why make out your taking families, people etc to view great white sharks paying stupid money and knowing that great white sharks ain’t been seen for years , fleecing innocent decent people out of hard earned wages to view something that ain’t been seen in years .
2 travelers found this review helpful
Amazing
Percy_C, Apr 2022
Seeing copper sharks for the first time beside the boat. Keep in mind sharks are wild animals and there is no guarantee to see any. We had 2 and they were amazing to watch.
Would recommend.
TravisBroad, Apr 2022
Hosts were great. From the time we were picked up, the driver made us comfortable with the experience. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. We managed to see some Copper Sharks who very much showed their interest to the cage. Would recommend to many, despite the current hiatus of the GWs.
Please do this trip!!!
Bailey_T, Apr 2022
Best trip ever! Lots of sharks, hot chocolate, and new friends! Kelly our marine biologist was a rockstar. Would do again!!
Terrible get all info before u book
Zeljko_A, Mar 2022
The worst experience ever.. Sry to say since i was looking so forward to this. Make sure that you get an answer of white shark activity before you book. The first thing they said was that they saw white sharks 6 months earlier. We spent 11 hours, not 5 and we saw a shark, not a white shark for a couple seconds. Terrible. Im sure its possible to have a good experience but make sure that you get all the status info od the current time youre there.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Shark tank diving
Shellz, Feb 2022
Amazing experience, highly recommend this trip, we had a great time, staff are very informative and helpful
1 traveler found this review helpful
Face to face with a shark, it doesn't get better.
Kevin_P, Dec 2021
Wow! If you are in South Africa, you've got to do this. First off, Marine Dynamics really does a good job on this tour. From the time you get there, the briefing, assuring your comfort on the boat, giving you as much time as you want (within reason) with the sharks to the debrief. Our guide/marine biologist was fantastic every step of the way, making sure everyone was comfortable and answering questions about sea life and sharks. So great whites are not that common, and I was there in the off season but the copper sharks are just as exciting, more so in a lot of ways because there are more of them. You basically put on a wet suit, some goggles and jump in an 8 person cage where you get up close an personal with the sharks. If you have a waterproof Go-Pro, you might want to bring it (I forgot mine) but they also take video and put together a video for you for 200 R, which isn't a bad deal for a customized video (although I haven't seen mine yet). The water is a little coldish, you get used to it, they throw out fish on a line and bring the shark right to you. So when they yell down left or down right, you hold your breath, jump down in the water, goggles on, and get face to face with a shark, his beady eyes looking at your arm like it's a drumstick. Actually, these sharks don't eat humans, but it's still pretty exciting. And you can do this over and over again since there are a lot of the these pretty big sharks. I usually don't do well on the ocean but this was a smooth trip, wasn't seasick at all. The water is a little rough but it is the open ocean and it is the cape, there was a reason why the dutch took a while to get past and onto India. There are a few reviews talking about being seasick. We had one person that looked a little woozy but again the crew worked really hard to make every comfortable, with everything from water to hot chocolate and blankets. I would say if you think you'll have a problem, visit the drugstore and get some pills or patches, or just take a break out on the front deck. Our weather was good, so it wasn't a problem for anyone on our trip. There are a few "shark cage" tours you can take, I can't speak to them other than seeing a couple of other boats but I really liked Marine Dynamics. I travel quite a bit and take a lot of these tours, they really did a good job from start to finish. If you're going to check this off your bucket list, you might as well try and pick someone who knows what they are doing.
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