Water activity

Gansbaai: Shark Cage Dive and Onboard Viewing

4.8 / 5

4 reviews

Activity provider: White Shark Diving Company

Gansbaai: Shark Cage Dive and Onboard Viewing

Activity provider: White Shark Diving Company

From US$ 133.71 per person

Get your adrenaline pumping with an educational shark cage diving and viewing adventure. Enjoy an unforgettable experience and see a variety of shark species in the wild.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Valid 1 day
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Ticket confirmation within 48 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Afrikaans
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy wonderful on-board viewing from the upper deck
  • Marvel at the sea's raw natural beauty and an array of incredible marine life
  • Get up close to one of the ocean's most powerful creatures
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Pre-trip snacks and beverages
  • Safety briefing
  • Boat ride and experienced crew
  • Cage dive (if option selected)
  • All necessary equipment (wetsuits, masks, if option selected)
  • Post-trip meal and beverages
  • Screening of the trip video footage
  • Transportation to the meeting point
  • Towels (the local partner is deeply committed to water conservation efforts and reducing unnecessary laundry; emergency towels are available)
  • Underwater cameras (limited number available to rent for ZAR 350; the SD card containing your personal footage can be taken home)
  • Copy of your trip video (available for purchase on a USB drive for ZAR 350)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years

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Participants

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Meeting point

The meeting point is a large white building located directly opposite the Kleinbaai slipway where the boats launch. The entrance to the office is on ground level, on the right hand side and clearly marked with the local partner's name on a sign. Entrance to the office is on ground level, right hand side and clearly marked from street view as White Shark Diving Co.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Drones

Know before you go

  • Sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. In the unfortunate event that there are no shark sightings during your trip, you will be given a voucher for a complimentary trip.
  • Please note, this tour operates seven days a week, dependant on the weather. It is recommended to take part in the tour at the start of your visit to Cape Town to allow for alternative weather days before your departure.
  • Please note, trips are subject to daily weather and sea conditions.
  • Trip times are confirmed a day in advance, once the final weather and sea forecast has been reviewed, and you will receive an e-mail notification of your time on the day prior to the activity.
  • The duration of the activity, from the time of your arrival at our premises to the time of departure, is approximately four hours in total, of which approximately two hours is spent at sea.
  • The travel time from Cape Town to Gansbaai is 2.5 hours.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    5/5
  • Safety
    5/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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A must see on every South Africa tour. Even though we weren't lucky enough to see a great white, there were quite a few bronze sharks of stately size in front of the dive cage. The crew had everything under control at all times and did a good job

September 9, 2022

Very impressive

It was very cold and for the youngsters who did not speak English well, the process was not entirely clear.

July 22, 2019

August 24, 2019

Product ID: 224130