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Can you handle being face to face with one of the world’s most frightening predators? Find out with a great white shark cage diving experience near Cape Town. Head into the ocean off the coast of Gansbaai for a full-day tour, including learning about great white sharks from the marine biologist on the boat, seeing the sharks swim around the boat and then jumping into the water with them. Breakfast and snacks are included, and you can upgrade to include round-trip transport between your hotel in Cape Town and Gansbaai.


  • 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 before heading off for your adventure
  • Learn about the sharks in their natural habitat from an onboard marine biologist and expert guides
  • Jump into the cage and prepare for the experience of a lifetime as you ‘swim’ with great white sharks
  • Purchase an optional professional video of your shark-divinge experience so you can show off to friends back home!
  • Upgrade to enjoy comfortable round-trip transport between your Cape Town hotel and Gansbaai

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What You Can Expect

Cage Diving with Great White Sharks from Cape Town

Ride around in the 'slashfin' boat and swim with sharks!

This exciting shark experience begins in the fishing town of Gansbaai, roughly two hours from Cape Town. You can choose to get there on your own or upgrade to include round-trip transport from your central Cape Town hotel.

Start at the Great White House, Gansbaai’s shark diving center, where you’ll eat breakfast (or lunch, if the tour has been delayed due to inclement weather) 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 will head for Dyer Island, choosing an ideal place to stop for the dive, and then the team of experts on the boat will use bait to lure great white sharks closer to the boat. This way, you’ll have an opportunity to get great views of the sharks before you even get into the cage.

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. If you decide not to get into the cage, you’ll still enjoy excellent views of the sharks swimming around the boat — not to mention the other members of the so-called ‘Marine Big Five:’ penguins, dolphins, whales and seals.

The boat will stay 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.

The experience finishes inside the Great White House, or — if you have chosen the upgrade with round-trip transport — with the return trip to your Cape Town hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Amazing experience!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The Marine Biologist was amazing and we where so lucky to have seen the sharks! Great tour, they feed you lunch when you get there and then soup and coffee when we got back. Overall amazing experience.

Melissa F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Everything about this trip was amazing. It was conducted by Marine Dynamics and they were incredible. Everything was organized. Our driver was great. We were picked up from a local Cape Town hotel and he made our trip enjoyable. He even dropped us off at the wharf instead of our hotel per our request. We were greeted with a nice meal. The marine biologist Stephanie was very knowledgable. She answered all our questions and guided us so we had the best experience with the sharks possible. They have hot chocolate/tea and fresh towels ready when you get out of the water. We saw 14 great white sharks and they were clearly visible even from the boat deck. The boat was clean and had plenty of room - two stories so you can spread out and snap plenty of pics. We returned to heaters the water is quite cold, warm soup and great service. Dress warm even if it is a sunny day - it's windy away from the shore and the water is quite cold. Highly recommend this trip. It was incredible!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

What an amazing experience! We had such a great day and learned so much at the same time. Cannot recommend this excursion enough. Sarah was great with everyone and a wealth of knowledge. The whole team made this unforgettable.

Jasmine Kaur B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing experience.. Everyone from the guy who picked us up from our hotel up to the crew on the ship and also at the base were very nice...

Ian T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

a bucket list experience!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016


Aartee B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Worth every penny. We saw a total of 8 sharks while we were out there. Staff was so nice and accommodating. Definitely a must do while in Cape Town!!

Jared C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent trip! Pick up was 5 am. Over 2 hour drive from Cape Town. Breakfast, briefing, sharks dive, sea lions on the way back, dinner, and return to cape town. I was back shortly after 4pm

- Breakfast: potatoes, eggs, bacon, bread. Lunch: light sandwich, hot coco, salt and vinegar chips. Dinner: soup and buttered bread
- Nice boat specific for shark dives. Steady less sea sickness. Boat ride out about 20 min and back a little more as you go through shark alley to see sea lions
- Staff is excellent. Kind and always willing to answer questions
- Guaranteed a marine biologist on board to answer questions and give some background
- Provided a dry clean wet suit, sturdy rain jacket to cut the cold wind on the boat ride, and a towel when you climb out
- Sharks were amazing! We saw 14 different sharks, the biggest about 14-15 feet. Each person saw 2-3 while in the cage, but they would pass by many times
- I had over an hour in the cage! Each person gets about 30 min. They don't time it, but instead try to give everyone a similar experience. If there is time at the end they will let you go again if you ask
- The record a video available for purchase 150 rand
- They take pictures that are posted on the website free of charge
- The water was very still and the extremely clear! We lucked out. Go in the cage 1st, the water gets murky from the bait and chum as the day goes on

- There were 34 people on board 32 of which were diving. The boat was big enough, but this meant less time in the water and harder to take pictures from the boat everyone wanted the side with the cage
- Just enough food, but no seconds
- They record a video, but the editing in minimal. They basically stick the clips together. There was no underwater shots on the video, but they had an underwater go-pro running most of the time. They don't give you a disc, but a download code, so maybe the final product has more editing/underwater shots?

Best spot in the cage: end toward back of boat!

Nicole L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

one word....AWESOME! you can NOT miss this tour. book it now!! this group does so much more than tours...they do research and conservation efforts so every dollar you spend helps further the study and conservation of these magnificent animals. we saw at least 8 sharks on our half day. be warned though....your hotel pickup time may be anywhere from 2am - 4am depending on where your hotel is at. the drive is 2.5 hours from cape town so bring something to keep you busy!

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