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Shark Cage Diving Self Drive


Activity Description

All trips are weather and tide dependent and launch times may vary accordingly from those stated. Your launch time will be confirmed the day before. PLEASE NOTE: Children under 5 is free of charge. Book with Infant add on under child (not adult)

The adrenaline rush from shark cage diving comes from being face to face with one of the world’s greatest predators: the Great White Shark then also seeing the Bronze whalers and on the odd occasion dolphins, short tail stingrays and cape fur seals.

The experience puts you in their territory while the safety of the activity allows you to be an observer and learn what Sharks are really like. An onboard marine biologist will educate you about any of these predators or marine life.

Shark Cage Diving is safe for children and elders and gives the whole family a wonderful opportunity to bond in a fun environment surrounded by experts and researchers.

After this once in a lifetime experience, you’ll find yourself buzzing with excitement and adrenaline. You will have had the opportunity to come up close and personal with one of the ocean’s most majestic and foreboding creatures.

Here is a brief breakdown of what to expect once you arrive:
• The trip guests meet at Shark Encounters, 61 Kabeljou st, Gansbaai.
• You will receive breakfast or lunch and register your wetsuit size with booties.
• Guests receive a pre-trip safety briefing about what to expect during the trip and a biological background on sharks.
• We then take a 200m stroll down to the harbor to board Dream Catcher.
• Travel time to Dyer Island is approximately 20 minutes, with the shallows being a short 10-minute ride (where we anchor depends on where the sharks are).
• On average, we anchor for 2 hours, but this depends on shark activity, conditions, as well as the number of divers.
• Weather and time permitting, we take a quick trip through the infamous Shark Alley.
• Lastly, a debrief in the Shark Encounters house with soup, freshly baked bread and a celebratory beverage to toast the occasion!

Why We Are Different:
• A dedicated marine biologist onboard every trip.
• Our Boat (Dream Catcher) is the largest in the industry (most deck space per customer) and was purposely built for shark cage diving and includes two restrooms, and an upper deck for the ultimate viewing and photography experience when not in the cage.
• Unisex restroom facilities at the Shark Encounter house. Area where you can sit down, eat and listen to the briefings.
• A fully licensed Restaurant named the GREAT WHITE HOUSE is just across the road from the Shark Encounters house, which includes facilities such as a separate ladies/gents/handicap restroom facilities with a 5-star rating + curio shop
• We guarantee clean, dry wetsuits (a rarity in the industry).
• Our crew receives as many compliments as the Great White Sharks, with more combined experience than any other Shark Cage Diving crew.
• You will leave with great memories and a deep appreciation of these majestic animals.


DurationOpen Ended
When7 days a week year-round, subject to availability and weather conditions. Only closed on Christmas day and New Year. Time slots are not confirmed times. Please ensure that you make the whole day available as times can only be confirmed the day before.
WhereShark Encounters, 61 Kabeljou st, Gansbaai
WeatherThe service is weather and tide dependant. Time slots are not confirmed times. Please ensure that you make the whole day available as times can only be confirmed the day before and is not negotiable. You will be advised the day before what time your trip will go out.
What to WearBathing Costume, warm clothing (it is cold on the water when the wind blows), tackies/sneakers, wind breaker.
Things to BringCamera, Sunblock, Sunglasses, Bathing Costume, Anti Nausea medication (should seasickness be a concern- recommend that it is taken the night before and two hours prior to the trip).
Guests or SpectatorsGuests can wait for their party at The Great White House Restaurant where they can purchase drinks, meals and shop for curios.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight150.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


A Shark Cage Dive / Viewing guided by a marine biologist, a light meal (breakfast or lunch depending on the time of trip), refreshments on board and soup and bread on return is included.
Equipment such as wet suits, booties, masks, towel is provided. Life jackets and waterproof jacket is also supplied.


A video link of your experience is not included in the price but can be purchased in addition to the dive/viewing excursion. Cost R200.
This is uploaded 24-48 hours after trip and once downloaded can be used across social platforms and saved for your memories.


All trips are weather and tide dependent and launch times may vary accordingly from those stated. Your launch time will be confirmed the day before.
Please allow enough time for transport from Cape Town (3 hours) and Hermanus (1 hour) when traveling to Gansbaai. Please be aware that there are road works en route and waiting times are included in the above traveling times.

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