Encountering the Great White

Shark cage diving in South Africa is an adventure activity second to none – the ultimate adrenaline rush.

Cape Town, or more specifically, Gansbaai, affords the perfect opportunity to see the formidable Great White shark in terrifyingly close proximity. Try it, and you’ll be left in awe of the beauty and grace of this shark, as well as thrilled by the deadly power it yields.

shark diving Gansbaai


There are only a limited number of boats that are issued permits to operate this shark cage diving tour, and they are very well governed for safety and environmental reasons. As you can imagine, seats are often limited, and if you add the early morning pick-up time, the unpredictable weather and the possibility of sea-sickness— you may wonder why you should haul your holiday-butt up to make this trip? We asked a few of our previous clients why they made the journey to encounter the illustrious Great White shark?

“Man, it is one of those all-time-have-to-do-it things. Everyone talks about how amazing Cape Town is for seeing Great Whites. Maybe it is the myth, I don’t know. I do know that I am psyched and ready to see them!” Aldo (Brazil)
“Ticking it off my bucket list, I also want to skydive. In fact, I wish I was going skydiving today…” Alison (USA)
“Scares the @*&$ out of me, the thought of sharks attacking the cage!” Percy (UK)

Shark Cage Diving in South Africa


We also stopped a few people AFTER their shark cage dive, to see if it really lived up to their expectations. This is what they had to say.

“As a person living in the UK, looking at a Great White shark was one of the best experiences ever. I love cage diving. Recommend.” Gavin (UK)
“Wow! Just – Wow!” Caroline (RSA)
“I want to go again. I can’t wait, seriously” Brom (Sweden)

Shark cage diving in South Africa


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