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  • Gansbaai: Shark Cage Diving Experience

    1. Gansbaai: Shark Cage Diving Experience

    South Africa has privileged access to great white sharks … if you know where to go and when. Enjoy great white sharks face-to-face. Observing and diving with these creatures under the correct conditions and guidance is a wonderful experience. Even ‘anti-shark’ people return from an expedition or diving trip with love, and certainly respect, for the great white. This tour is without doubt the most successful white shark diving tour in the world: Working in the unique marine area off the southern Cape coast, the skippers log more contact with great white sharks than anyone else worldwide. Tour itinerary: · Breakfast at the stunning Lodge The continental breakfast consists of freshly made muffins, quiches, yogurt, cereals, toast and cold meats, tea and coffee. · Your day at sea and a lecture on board The ski...

    The introduction talk from the Marine Biologist was very interesting around people’s perception of sharks. Although I did not get to see a Great White the Coppertone and Whaler sharks were extraordinary. I also got the added bonus of extra time in the water, I think I had nearly an hour . I recommended this activity to another couple who we met last night in the same hotel and they booked for Sunday 21st April. Thanks for a great day!!

  • Gansbaai Eco-Friendly Shark Cage Diving

    2. Gansbaai Eco-Friendly Shark Cage Diving

    If the transfer option is selected, your adventure will start pickup from your hotel in Cape Town. Take a 2.5-hour drive along a scenic route to get to your destination - the Great White House. Once there, enjoy a breakfast or lunch before a safety briefing about what to expect. Then, stroll to the harbor to board a dedicated shark-diving vessel. Journey to Dyer Island in 20 minutes and drop anchor where the sharks reside. Your boat will have all the amenities, along with drinks and snacks for your comfort. Collect your waterproof bag containing your dive kit and then get up close to these magnificent animals in their natural environment, protected of course by a cage. You'll be completely safe, but your adrenaline will be pumping like crazy! This is sure to be an experience you will never forget. Travel through shark alley if conditions permit before returning to land for a debriefing...

    Very well organised with knowledgeable and helpful staff. Definitely worth the journey from Cape Town. Attended the day with my 2 grownup children who also rated the day/experience as one to remember and also thoroughly enjoyed the day. Would highly recommend!

  • Gansbaai: Shark Cage Diving

    3. Gansbaai: Shark Cage Diving

    Begin your excursion into the thrilling marine environment of South Africa with continental breakfast alongside a safety briefing by the boat’s skipper. Then, head out on a 20-minute boat ride to an area known for being brimming with sharks and other majestic ocean denizens.  Once you’ve arrived, you can make the choice to watch the sharks from the raised observation deck, or to be lowered into the water in a metal cage for a true adrenaline rush. Watch a variety of sharks circling you, comfortable in a provided wetsuit, and safe behind the specially-designed cage. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, stingrays, and other wildlife on top of the sharks. Afterwards, you’ll head back to land for lunch, and to watch a video clip of the day’s events over coffee, tea, and biscuits.

    Saw some copper sharks up close & personal, great whites are not in season at shark alley. However it was nice to do the experience overall and see some kind of sharks, something is better than nothing. The team was very nice and the experience was safe.

  • Gansbaai: Whale Watching Trip by Boat

    4. Gansbaai: Whale Watching Trip by Boat

    Launch from the quaint fishing harbor of Gansbaai and travel along the cliffs of De Kelders. Enter a nature reserve with the highest concentration of whales in South Africa. Look for southern right whales in their natural environment, along with dolphins, Cape fur seals and sharks. Keep an eye out for humpback, minke and Bryde's whales frolicking in the ocean. Catch a glimpse of the beautiful orcas, False killer whales and enchanting African penguins. Return back to the harbor at the end of your boating adventure.

    I was lucky to get the perfect wheather. It is however a risk to pay in advance as the wheather is very unpredictable.

  • From Cape Town: Whale Watching Tour in Hermanus and Gansbaai

    5. From Cape Town: Whale Watching Tour in Hermanus and Gansbaai

    In just 20 minutes you’ll be out of Cape Town’s city center and traveling along the Overberg south coastal route to Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay, and Betty’s Bay. The route is picturesque and is an enjoyable way to set the mood for the full day ahead. Travel beneath Sir Lowry’s Pass and see the sheer cliff faces that drop into the Indian Ocean below. As you near Betty’s Bay, you’ll have views of unspoiled beaches stretching for miles. Stop to see the breeding ground of the African penguins at Stony Point or visit the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden. Continue the drive through Hermanus to the seaside town of Gansbaai. The magnificent cliffs of De Kelders and the unspoiled beach provide for perfect land-based whale watching. In Gansbaai, you’ll head out on a 2-hour whale-watching journey. The purpose-built boat and restrictions on the number of passengers make it possible to fully ...

    The whole trip was excellent but what really made it so much more memorable and fun was Charlton, our brilliant guide. He was really knowledgable and tailored the day to our interests. Seeing whales so close was an outstanding, once in a lifetime experience.

  • Gansbaai and Big 5 Sea Safari Full-Day Tour from Cape Town

    6. Gansbaai and Big 5 Sea Safari Full-Day Tour from Cape Town

    Head out of the city on this full-day excursion to Gansbaai. Stop to see the African penguins at Stony Point or visit the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden. Continue to the seaside town of Gansbaai. Take in the magnificent cliffs of De Kelders and the unspoiled beach. Board a purpose-built boat for a 2-hour Big 5 sea safari. There will be a limited number of passengers, making it possible to fully enjoy the experience of observing the creatures you encounter. Head back along the coast to Hermanus for a late lunch (at your own expense). Visit the up-market shops and arts-and-crafts stalls. Continue to Peregrine Farm Stall, and see quality produce straight from the farm.

  • Gansbaai: Shark Dive & Whale Watching Combo Boat Trip

    7. Gansbaai: Shark Dive & Whale Watching Combo Boat Trip

    Take advantage of a combo package that features 2 incredible activities which can be split over 2 days if you'd prefer.  Shark Dive Begin the adventure with the shark cage dive which takes place off the coast of Dyer Island, roughly 15 minutes by boat from Kleinbaai Harbour. Discover how this island is home to a colony of over 50 000 Cape Fur seals – the great white shark's favorite food and primary source of nutrition. Arrive at the channel of the ocean which runs between Dyer Island and the neighboring Geyser Rock. This area is so frequented by great white sharks that it has been dubbed 'Shark Alley'. Anchor up here for an up-close encounter with great whites. As the cage is dropped at the diving site, get kitted up with diving gear. Take consecutive turns in the 8-man floating cage to experience thrilling underwater views of this majestic predator. When not in the c...

  • Cape Town: Shark Diving at Gansbaai Harbor Private Tour

    8. Cape Town: Shark Diving at Gansbaai Harbor Private Tour

    Enjoy a day of diving in a shark cage and viewing fearsome Great White Sharks in their natural environment. Get picked up from your hotel in Cape Town early in the morning and head to Gansbaai Harbor. Have breakfast and get a safety overview before heading out to see assorted birds, sharks, whales, and seals.

    Get inside the cage and dive down to get up close with the sea life and get a certificate memorializing your bravery. View a DVD of the day's dives over lunch. Enjoy a day of sea, sunshine, and majestic sea life at one of the few working fishing villages left in the Western Cape.

  • Gansbaai: Shark Cage Dive and Onboard Viewing

    9. Gansbaai: Shark Cage Dive and Onboard Viewing

    Embark on a once in a lifetime adventure and get up close and personal with a great white shark. Hop into the water and observe sharks from inside a metal cage. Meet the cage diving team 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, board the vessel and take a short boat ride to "Shark Alley." Once there, 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 vie...

  • From Cape Town: Shark Cage Diving and Penguin Tour

    10. From Cape Town: Shark Cage Diving and Penguin Tour

    Your shark diving adventure begins with an early morning pickup from your accommodation in Cape Town. Ask your hotel to pack a breakfast for you, or enjoy the light breakfast provided upon arrival in Gansbaai. Listen to a briefing about the shark diving experience before setting sail on the open seas for an exciting three hours of shark cage diving.

    Put on the diving gear provided for you and get ready for an unforgettable experience. Watch closely as the crew engages the sharks, drawing them close to the boat to give you the best views. See this apex predator up close when you take your turn in the cage, admiring its sheer size and streamlined shape as it swims right past you.

    Return to shore after your cage diving adventure and enjoy a warm shower. Fresh towels will be provided. Sit down with your tour group to watch a DVD of the day's events and receive ...

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What people are saying about Gans Bay

Great experience. The tour that was actually booked at 11 a.m. was canceled due to the weather or postponed to 7 a.m. As a result, I was picked up at the hotel at 4 a.m. There was a small breakfast in Gaansbai. I would not eat anything retrospectively. I was told that the sea was not worse than usual, despite the rather bad weather that day. However, sooner or later 70% of the participants became seasick and several vomited. I was able to enjoy at least 2/3 of the tour. It was a shame that we didn't see a big white man (that was always a dream of mine). But it was not necessarily to be expected in January and not the fault of the organizers (season for great white sharks from April). It was still absolutely exciting in the cage and I saw some copper sharks. Great photos were taken. I would do it again. You felt very safe. The organization was great.

Very well organised with knowledgeable and helpful staff. Definitely worth the journey from Cape Town. Attended the day with my 2 grownup children who also rated the day/experience as one to remember and also thoroughly enjoyed the day. Would highly recommend!

Saw some copper sharks up close & personal, great whites are not in season at shark alley. However it was nice to do the experience overall and see some kind of sharks, something is better than nothing. The team was very nice and the experience was safe.

Very good. A good guide (marine biologist) and the skipper were good at driving the boat (a little sailing). If you want to dive with sharks don't hesitate to book this. Magnus.

Transfer without problems, food sufficient to strengthen and warm up. Team super nice and brilliant experiences!