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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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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)
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Breakfast
Light refreshments
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
All diving gear and towels supplied
Gratuities
The Table Bay , Quay 6, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Quay 6, Cape Town Central 8000 South Africa

Please arrive 3 hours before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Pick-up from hotels, guesthouse, backpackers, vacation rentals and any other points within Cape Town city center.
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.
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Marine Dynamics
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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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
See all safety measures taken by Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town.
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
See all safety measures taken by Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town.
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
See all safety measures taken by Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town.

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  • "Layer up as it gets very windy on the boat!" See review
  • "I'd also add maybe extra clothes depending what you're wearing." See review

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star-5
Most epic day ever !! 😬🦈😬🦈
Bianca_A
, Nov 2021
The staff! Their efficiency ! Top Quality! Alina , Tracey ,Rian.. thank you so much!! Well looked after From start to finish! Seeing sharks in their own environment, u lose all fear completely ! it was just incredible! Best birthday gift to myself :)) met some awesome people ! Laughed a lot and il never forget this experience! And the soup after was actually was such a treat after being in the super cold ocean! Lol! If in doubt.. DO IT! :))
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star-4
Great Day , Nice Friendly Crew
Kimberly_S
, Nov 2020
I had a great day overall . I was scared and the crew help ease my fears and we also had many marine biologist with us . Didn’t see great white sharks but saw many local sharks. I definitely think this is 5/5 tour but at end when asked to see pictures they didn’t have any good pictures of us in the cage compared to everyone else in group . I guess you have to be more vigilant to ask about your pictures being taking while in cage which is a little hard with all the excitement. Hopefully the video has some better views of us in the cage , still waiting to see . But overall good tour just wish we had some pictures to look back on .
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star-5
Fantastic experience - a once in a lifetime
Maryam_F
, Mar 2020
Amazing experience with great sightings of sharks. Briefings were done well and communication throughout was great. All equipment provided too. Layer up as it gets very windy on the boat! Our driver from Cape Town, Salie, was absolutely excellent and so friendly. Thank you again
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Shark Viewing & Cage Diving
SEAN_L
, Feb 2020
Unfortunately only one bronzer shark but that’s the wildlife for you. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. Excellent day
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star-4
Copper shark cane to feed while in the diving cage
Judi_H
, Feb 2020
Fantastic experience provided by Marine Dynamics! Very professional, friendly and eco friendly- my 16 year old son and I really enjoyed it tho the only downside being it is a long way to Gaansbaai -3 hours there and then 3 hours back !!- roadworks didn’t help our poor bus driver!! All in all I would highly recommend Marine Dynamics!
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star-5
Sharks ahoy
Andrew_S
, Feb 2020
Staff were helpful and the experience was worth the drive from Cape Town. Also lucky enough to see sharks up close. Would love to do it again
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star-4
Closes encounters
Azhar_C
, Feb 2020
On time pick up and drop-off to hotel. A fun day out with a well organised team and saftey. Brilliant experience and a must do. The tour include before and after information sessions at the clubhouse. We were circled by several copper sharks one which rattled the cage when I was in it! Really glad I did it but disappointed great white stayed away recently.
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Not worth it at all
eman
, Feb 2020
I'm not sure where to begin. This trip was supposed to be fun but I regret booking it. The weather was horrible at the time and the company did not warn us to at least take a sea-sickness pill or bring electrolyte supplements to rehydrate from all the throwing up that happened during the two - three hours sea trip. I am a sea person and went on so many trips and never experienced sea sickness before. Because of what happened to me at the boat, I couldn't even go inside the water to see the sharks - also the people who went inside water couldn't see a thing as visibility was 0-1. The people who were on boat saw sharks swimming near the boat and thats it. we were about 20 people or more in the trip and maybe 15 people got sea-sick. If you want to do this experience, make sure you ask about weather conditions or its better to go to an aquarium. The only thing thats keeping me from being mad at the company is that part of the money we paid will go to a good cause - to research and help recuse sea animals
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star-5
An absolute must
Jonathan_H
, Feb 2020
A fantastic day trip despite not seeing any great whites, which we knew was unlikely. The whole crew were excellent, there was a marine biologist onboard who answered questions. The guys luring the sharks in to view did an amazing job. All in all, very well organised, definitely recommend Marine Dynamics.
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star-5
So far one of the best experiences of my life.
clairewright19
, Feb 2020
We booked this trip as part of our honeymoon to South Africa. From start to end it was amazing. We were contacted the day before with the time we would be collected from our hotel in Cape Town. I even replied back asking what to take and happily replied. Swimwear. Suncream. Jacket. I'd also add maybe extra clothes depending what you're wearing. The bus drive was beautiful and breathtaking. The staff were professional and helpful. I felt safe the whole time. Once there the staff again were lovely, helping and more than happy to answer any of my husbands many questions about sharks and anything else. We weren't lucky enough to see a great white but despite that the trip was amazing and I'd happily go back again.
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