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Sharks Spotted this Week:30 Location: Hermanus & Gansbaai

Whale & Sharks

1 Trip, Day Tour (Incl. Transfer)
Shark & Whales TRF
Child: R1,880 Price Per Person
Adult: R3,050 Price Per Person

See some of the best of marine wildlife South Africa has to offer with a combined Shark Cage Dive experience and Whale Watching Tour.

Dispel all those fears and myths and dive straight into White Shark Diving territory. There are very few things that can be compared to being within arms reach of a 3m Great White as you see them cruise right by cage. This captivating encounter will definitely get your heart racing and leave you on a high for days.

Then get within 50m of a southern right whale. See these amazing gentle giants up close as they make their way to the sheltered waters of South Africa from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic to mate, give birth, and nurse thier young. Watch as they sing their whale songs and dance to the beat of the waves, breaching, blowing and lob-tailing. A truly breathtaking experience.

The Shark Cage Dive and the Whale Wathing Tour can be done on 1 day or on 2 seperate days.. Trips are run 7 days a week and are strictly weather dependent and subject to availability.

Shark Cage diving can be done by the whole family, no dive experience is necessary.  

Minimum 2 passengers.  Single Supplement R750.00

Find out more about the Trip

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About the Trip:

Your Whale Watching experience starts with you being collected from an address in Cape Town . Departure times to be confirmed one day ahead of the trip. After an approximate 1.5 hour journey you'll arrive in Hermanus.

Tours leave from the New Harbour in Hermanus. You will be required to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure for a briefing on the Tour.

The Whale Watching Tour can last anything between 1.5 hrs to 3 hrs depending where the whales are located but is on average 2 hrs long. Whales are observed within 50m of the boat (permit and animal safety regulations apply) but being naturally curious, often approach the boat giving you spectacular photo opportunities.

Enjoy some light refreshments while listening to the on-board commentary as the whale specialist and guide provides valuable insight to their behaviour and migratory patterns.

Marine Life We Normally Encounter:

Southern Right Whales, Bryde's Whales, Humpback Whales, Seals, Marine Birds.

Sharks

About the Trip:

Your Shark Cage Diving experience starts with you being collected from an address in Cape Town. Departure times to be confirmed one day ahead of the trip.

After an approximate 2 and a half hour shuttle bus journey from Cape Town you will arrive in Gansbaai where you will be met by the crew and be given a brief orientation on the day's activities. You will then be required to complete the necessary Shark Cage Diving indemnity forms while you enjoy a light breakfast before embarking on this thrill seeking Shark Diving Adventure.

After breakfast you will take a short walk down to Kleinbaai harbour where all the diving boats are based. Once on board get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush of your life. Nothing quite compares to Shark Diving in Cape Town.... it will leave you on a high for days.

Where We Dive and Best time to Go:

A 10-15 minute boat ride will take you out to Shark Alley (between Gyser Rock and Dyer Island, home to one of the largest seal colonies in Southern Africa), renowned as one of "the best" Shark Diving Sites in Gansbaai.

Winter time (Apr - Oct) is considered to be the best time to go Shark Cage Diving in South Africa with visibility being better than in the summer however, Great White Shark Diving can be done all year round!

Time at Sea:

Boats stay out at sea for around 2 - 4 hours depending on weather and sea conditions. Once anchored, the crew will immediately begin to chum the water with fish based products, like tuna and fish oil to attract the Great White Sharks. With the chum in the water all you can do is wait for the first shark to show up and hope that this happens quickly.

Once the first shark makes its appearance you will kit up and get into the cage where you can get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. Three to five Great Whites are usually encountered in a day but if you are exceptionally lucky, you may see more. On some outings up to 18 Great White Sharks have been seen!

Dive Equipment:

All dive gear including wetsuits and mask are provided so that you can enjoy the Shark Cage Dive in comfort.

Once in the cage all you need to do is lower yourself under the water using a simple breath-hold technique where you will be able to view the Great White Sharks lurking in the depths below.

Shark Diving is safe and very educational. You also don't need any dive certification to go Shark Cage Diving here in Cape Town.

The Dive:

For your 1st Dive you get about 20 - 30 minutes in the cage. Subsequent dives are then rotated amongst the divers to ensure everyone gets a chance to view the Great White Sharks. You can sometimes get 2 - 3 dives per trip if the weather, sea conditions and shark activity is good. The cage takes between 5 - 6 people at a time so there is plenty of time to cage dive. Numbers are limited to ensure maximum shark cage diving time.

For those of you who would prefer not to get in the cage, no problem, these fantastic apex predators can be viewed from the boat. Being surface feeders, it's almost as good as being in the water with them as everything happens pretty close to the surface, giving you exceptional views and fantastic photo opportunities of them circling and descending deeper into the depths below.

Conditions:

The water temperatures can vary between 55 - 65°F (12-18°C) when you go Great White Shark Diving in Cape Town. Visibility is usually around 6-8 meters but can go up to 12-15 meters on a good day or down to 2-3 meters on a bad day.

The Return to Shore:

On return to shore after your exhilarating Shark Cage Diving experience you will be invited to view the Shark Diving video of the day (available at an additional cost) while you enjoy a light lunch.

Following lunch, you will be transported back to Cape Town.

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The Trip includes:

  • Return Transfer to Cape Town
  • Boat Whale Watching Tour (2 hrs on average)
  • Whale Guide and Specialist
  • Light Refreshments

Sharks

The Trip includes:

  • Shark Cage Diving & Surface Viewing (1 Trip)
  • Boat & Cage Dive Safety Briefing
  • An experienced Dive Guide & Boat Skipper
  • All dive gear including wetsuits and mask

Meals:

  • A light breakfast on arrival
  • Drinks & Snacks on board the boat
  • A light lunch on your return to Kleinbaai Harbour

Transport:

  • A Return Shuttle Bus Transfer from a central address in Cape Town

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What To Bring with You:

  • Warm jumper or jacket (the wind can sometimes get cold on the boat)
  • Hat & Sun-block
  • Camera/Camcorder

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What To Bring with You:

  • Warm clothing for after the dive.  Waterproof / Windproof Jacket, it can sometimes get a bit chilly on the boat
  • Hat & Sun block
  • Swimming costume for underneath wetsuits (if diving)
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Disposable underwater cameras are also available at the harbour curio shop or at most camera stockists
  • Sea / Motion Sickness Tablets

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Optional Extras:

  • A DVD of the trip will be available for purchase.
  • Accommodation can be arranged upon request.
  • Any drinks or mals not specified

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Optional Extras:

  • A DVD of the day's activities will be available for purchase. 
  • Fancy taking a scenic drive and driving there yourself see our Self Drive Option. Car Hire can be arranged on request.
  • Want to spoil yourself why not try our Helicopter Charter Option.

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Safety:

The safety of our customers on every Whale Watching Tour is of utmost importance to us.

The Operators we deal with have an unblemished Safety Record and carry out regular safety checks.

Sharks

Safety:

The safety of our customers on every Cage Diving trip is of utmost importance to us.

The Operators we deal with have an unblemished Safety Record and carry out regular safety checks. Shark Cage Diving with Great Whites has become an important part of Eco-Tourism in South Africa so ensuring your safety also ensures the continued survival of the Great White Shark.

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Itinerary:

Note that the times below are a mere guideline and can change at any time. Your official collection time will be confirmed a day prior to departure.

Boat Departure Times: June to August at 09h00 | 12h00 | 15h00 and from September onwards 07h00 | 09h00 | 12h00 | 15h00

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Itinerary:

Note that the schedules below are a mere guideline and can change at any time. Your official collection time from a central address in Cape Town will be confirmed a day prior to departure. During high season there may be as many as two or even three dive Trips available per day depending on the Operator.

 

Morning Trip Schedule:

TimeDetails
5.30 Pick up from a central address in Cape Town
8.00 Meet in Kleinbaai for a light Breakfast & Dive Briefing
9.00 Boat launch from Kleinbaai harbour (15 - 20 min boat ride to the site)
9.20 Estimated 2-4 hours at sea for the shark cage dive (All gear included plus drinks & snacks onboard.)
13.20 Return to harbour
13.40 Partake in a Light lunch whilst watching the video of the day.(Option to purchase DVD)
14.00 Return trip to Cape Town
16.30 Arrival in Cape Town

 

Afternoon Trip Schedule: (only available if there are enough clients to run two trips)

TimeDetails
9.00 Pick up from an address in Cape Town
11.30 Meet in Kleinbaai for a late Breakfast & Dive Briefing
12.10 Boat launch from Kleinbaai harbour (15 - 20 min boat ride to the site)
12.30 Estimated 3 hours at sea for the shark cage dive (All gear included plus drinks & snacks onboard.)
15.30 Return to harbour
15.50 Partake in a Late lunch whilst watching the video of the day.(Option to purchase DVD)
16.30 Return trip to Cape Town
18.45 Arrival in Cape Town