Shark Alley in Gansbaai is known to have the highest concentration of Great White Sharks in the world. Get up close and personal with these prehistoric beasts (from the safety of your cage and allow the adrenalin experienced provide you with an experience that will not be forgotten soon
We’ll take you on an adrenalin-surging adventure experience in the heart of the world’s Great White Shark mecca that will leave you in awe of these gliding torpedoes of power. You will also come away knowing a lot more about sharks and what we do to aid their conservation. We encourage you to experience the magic of the Great White Shark and contribute to their conservation.
Did you know that there is an estimated 1500 Great White Sharks globally? One of the highest populations exist in Gansbaai. Without them, our entire planet would go out of sync. Your dive experience helps fund research into the ways to protect and preserve these Apex Predators.
We collect you from Cape Town or Hermanus and take you on a scenic drive to Gansbaai, to enjoy a delicious continental breakfast and discuss current sightings, indemnities, wetsuits and equipment before heading off to board the custom built 36 ft, 4 tonne white shark dive catamaran. We limit her to 20 passenger capacity plus 5 crew to ensure your comfort and viewing pleasure throughout your adventure experience.
You get to meet one of the intrepid skippers, a qualified paramedic, a Dive Master and our friendly crew and enjoy a short talk on shark anatomy and behaviour. An explanation will be given on how they work with the sharks in the area and how you will spend the next couple of hours diving and viewing these wondrous predators in their natural habitat.
You are fully briefed on all procedures and the action begins as our crew ‘chums’ the cruise area and you wait with bated breath for your initial glimpse of the first shark fin.
Sharks are usually wary at first and we wait a while for them to settle and then lower the dive cage. The first guests enter the cage (takes 4 – 5 people) and spend about 20 minutes face to face with the sharks !
They will work with individual sharks and you can enjoy topside viewing during your wait as shark activity is often close to the surface.
In fact, Great Whites are also known for their ‘spy hopping’ – breaching right out of the water in pursuit of prey ! Topside viewing can yield a lot of those action shots !
Lunch boxes are hearty, offering a variety of fresh sandwiches, crisps, sweets and assorted soft drinks and juices for you to enjoy at leisure whilst on board enjoying the fine South African weather.
Upon return to the harbour you will be treated to tea and scones at the lodge giving you a chance to regroup and share the day’s experiences after which you will be driven back to your original meeting point.
All necessary diving and safety equipment is provided for you to enjoy your cage diving experience in South Africa in comfort and security.
We only ask that you bring suntan lotion, cap and sunglasses, a warm jersey/jacket and of course, a swimming suit and towel.
If you know you are prone to motion sickness or even if you are unsure if you are, we advise you take medication before we depart so as not to spoil your adventure!
And last tip – don’t forget your camera!!
Purchases of a personal nature
A swimming costume
Sea-sickness tablets (take two hours before launch)
Camera or Go Pro
A warm jacket
Comfortable shoes/Slip Slops
When great white sharks are young, they feed on smaller prey, like fish and rays. As they grow larger, they feed more exclusively on marine mammals, such as sea lions, seals and small whales. The great white is at the top of the food chain and has few threats in the ocean.
The great white shark averages 4.5 m (15 ft.) in length, but some have been recorded as large as 6 m (20 ft.) long! They generally weigh up to 2250 kg (5000 lb.). Great whites can reach speeds up to 40 km/hr (25 mph).