1. Gansbaai: Shark Cage Dive and Onboard Viewing
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and get up close and personal with a variety of shark species in the incredible bay. Hop into the water and observe sharks from inside a metal cage. Meet the cage diving team, which includes marine scientists, in Gansbaai, located 2.5 hours away from Cape Town, and enjoy a light breakfast and refreshments upon arrival. Take part in a safety briefing and demonstration. Afterward, the boat will anchor and the cage will be lowered into the water. Put on your wet suit, jump into the cage and see the sharks as they swim by. Enjoy great views of the sharks from both on board and in the water. Sharks are surface feeders and shark activity takes place on or near the surface, meaning you don’t have to actually dive to see a shark. Hang out at the water’s surface and stick your head under when a shark comes by. You can also enjoy excellent views of the sharks from on deck. Enjoy seeing a shark up close and in the wild, without having to have extensive swimming experience. The free-floating cage is attached to the side of the boat, allowing divers to their keep heads and shoulders above water. You’ll be able to fully submerge yourself underwater by holding onto the handrail when the sharks pass the cage. No scuba gear or diving certification is required as the use of an oxygen supply is not necessary for the experience. Afterward, enjoy post-dive snacks and refreshments. You might be able to see bronze whaler sharks, broad nose seven gill cow sharks and other marine life, sting rays, seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish and a variety of sea birds.