Cage diving with Great White Sharks in South Africa was one of my ‘bucket list’ things to do for a long time. South Africa is one of the best destinations for shark cage diving in the world so I’ve always wanted to do it there. Nowhere else but in South Africa!
Best place for shark cage diving in South Africa?
Gansbaai, little fishing town in the Western Cape, about 2,5 hours drive from the city of Cape Town.
Gansbaai is known as the Great White Shark capital of the world! The town is full of tourist agencies selling ‘shark cage diving tours’ to tourist from all over the world. After the Kruger National Park, the great white sharks attract some of the highest number of tourists to South Africa!
From Gansbaai we took a short boat ride (about 20 minutes) to „Shark Alley“ between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock where the rich sea life and the colonies of Cape Fur Seals hang out and attract sharks all year round.
Shark cage diving tour?
I booked a tour in advance with Marine Dynamics.
After breakfast and safety briefing we went by boat to Shark Alley. When we got to the ‘shark spot’ we pulled on wetsuits and weight belts and jumped into the sea. The water was so cold!
Whole trip lasted for 3 hours and it is not enough time to experience „the real shark adventure“. In 20 minutes under the water we saw only one shark for a few seconds.
When is the best time to see White Sharks?
The best time for shark cage diving is during South Africa’s winter months from June to September.
Price for shark cage diving?
Tour costs R1750 per person
What to bring with you?
Bring your swimsuit, underwater camera, sunscreen and a hat. You don’t need to bring your snorkeling gear, wetsuits and towels as it is provided by a tour agency.
Use anti-nausea medication well in advance if you get seasick easily!
Cage Diving with Great White Sharks in South Africa was far less interesting and exciting than snorkeling with seals.
It was low season (February) and we were lucky to spot even one shark who wasn’t too impressed by us, he came right up to the cage two times and move on as he saw there is nothing interesting for him to eat. The most impressive was the size of the shark. In this situation size really matter. He was about 4,5 meters long! Quite impressive to see such a big, dangerous animal cruising around the cage, even for a few seconds.
It was a bit disappointing after such a great day with curious and playful sea lions. Of course, it’s hard to compare those two animals, but I’d expected more from Mr. Shark.
Note: Book a tour during high season (June to August)! Visiting between June and mid-August brings the best chance to see a lot of great whites.
Did you know?
Although sharks have a reputation as destructive beasts that attack almost anything that enters their water habitat, the actual number of shark attacks is probably lower than you imagine.
For example, you are much more likely to be killed by one of the coconuts falling from the tree and bashing your brains out than by a shark biting your torso in half! Selfie-related accidents have killed more people worldwide in 2015 than shark attacks have!
Cage Diving with Great White Sharks in South Africa is not just fun but also educational.
A lot of shark species are on the brink of extinction due to human interference (overfishing – 100 million sharks are killed each year for their fins…).
Sharks are our friends and no man-eaters. We have a responsibility to conserve this Apex predators before they’ve gone forever.
In the end, protect and be kind to all animals!