|If you’ve always wanted to meet a Great White face to face, now’s your chance!
Getting into the cage with the sharks around, is truly the most breath-taking experience you will ever live to remember. When feeding actively around the boat, the sharks may occasionally brush their tail against the cage, but NEVER attack the cage. They are very curious though and often come close-up to the cage, taking a closer look at the diver. A personal, eye-to-eye encounter with this awesome animal, is guaranteed to get the adrenaline going!
White shark diving up close and personal
Our cage is situated next to the side of the boat and once ready to take the dive, our Dive Master would assist the diver into the opening at the top of the cage. Once in position, the divers head would be no more than half a meter below the surface. A free-board of approx. 30cm allows the diver to rise to the surface and effectively communicate with the Dive Master on the boat. Snorkelers would secure themselves by holding onto the convenient cross bars, situated at the top of the cage.
Diving takes place on a quick and effective rotational system, with 5 to 6 divers down at a time. Once the rotation is completed it will be repeated, therefore ensuring that each diver can take as many dives as possible. Time spent in the cage depends on weather/water conditions, shark activity and eagerness of each diver, but is usually approx. 15 minutes at a time. We rarely have more than 18 divers on board at a time, ensuring maximum cage diving time for all divers and snorkelers.
Scuba versus Snorkeling
A scuba certification is not a necessity to be able to dive in the cage, as we also allow snorkeling. While certified scuba divers dive on scuba, inexperienced divers are able to enjoy the same experience on snorkel. Both methods are equally comfortable and takes place under strict supervision of our Dive Master.
When does snorkeling / scuba diving take place?
Diving is not always guaranteed since we work 10 km out at sea and only know what the shark activity and sea conditions are like once we arrive at the dive site. We are, however, able to continue with diving 95% of the time. It is also known that during certain seasons we encounter sharks that are very cautious and are therefore easily frightened by sound, such as the sound of scuba breathing equipment. To avoid scaring the sharks off as soon as they arrive at the boat, we often commence the diving on snorkel. Should the sharks become more relaxed and confident with having the divers around, we will then switch to scuba. However, diving on scuba is not guaranteed as it all depends on the types of sharks we encounter on each particular tour. It is obviously better to view sharks from the cage on snorkel, than not to get to see the sharks at all.
SHARK DIVING & VIEWING DAY TOUR INCLUDES :
1. Luxurious return transfers from Cape Town (Air-conditioned, 22-seater Mercedes Sprinter Bus);
2. Tasty aircraft style breakfast served by our host/hostess, on-board our bus;*
3. Scrumptious, hot lunch served on-board our bus, upon our return;*
4. Complimentary beer and wine to accompany your lunch;
5. A fast, yet safe 20 minute boat ride to Dyer Island (some of the other boat’s take over an hour)
6. Snacks, drinks and sweets on-board the boat;
7. Educational presentation and safety briefing;
8. Diving equipment and wet-suits available at no additional cost;
9. Scuba diving in the cage for experienced divers;
10. Assisted snorkeling in cage for inexperienced divers;
11. Unlimited cage diving;
12. Spectacular surface viewing for non divers;
13. Waterproof rain jackets available on the boat.
14. View the Cape Fur Seals and African Penguins from the boat;
15. Complimentary Shark Project Workbook, sponsored by Dr. Erich Ritter, (while stocks last).
16. Logbook stamp after the tour;
17. A 10 minute visit to the Art-Ikapa craft learnership project, working in partnership with White Shark Ecoventures. This unique project is focussed on community upliftment and job creation for the poverty stricken individuals of the Masakhane informal settlement in Gansbaai.
18. Enjoy land-based whale watching in Hermanus (July – Dec);
19. Drop-off at Cape Town International Airport at no additional cost.
20. En-route tour of the indigenous fynbos in the Overberg area, the export apple orchards of Elgin and the informal settlements in Cape Town.
21. DVD’s, video’s, underwater camera’s, T-shirts, P-caps and various other gifts on sale;
22. Services of a professional underwater cameraman available at an additional cost;
23. No sightings – 2nd shark dive FREE of charge.
* Persons not making use of our transfers, will receive a packed breakfast upon arrival and a hot lunch after the tour.
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