See South Africa's Great White Sharks
Looking for a heart-rushing adrenalin-pumping adventure? Seeking a photo of one of the most deadly creatures in the world? Would you like to interact with one of the world’s oldest predator species? Then shark-cage diving could be just the activity for you.
The Western Cape offers two premium locations to go diving with the great white shark. The first isFalse Baywhich is just half an hour’s drive from the CBD. The other is Gansbaai which is under two hours fromCape Town. Both areas are very scenic and sit on the shore of the warm Indian Ocean.
The reason for the multitude of great whites in this area in the abundance of food available. With over eighty thousand Cape fur seals, a comparable number of African penguins as well as an immeasurable amount of sea birds, these areas are truly a smorgasbord for the hundreds of Great Whites that have decided to make their home here.
When diving, you are placed in a specially-designed shark-diving cage. To say these are secure is an understatement as there has not been one case of these cages been breached or divers placed at risk. The cages float with a section of the cage bobbing above the water. When diving, you never descend more than one meter underwater and your oxygen is supplied by a cylinder which is kept on the boat, meaning no bulky scuba diving gear is needed. First-time divers are more than welcome as no technical skills are needed. Every licensed shark-cage diving operator is compelled by law to maintain and comply with stringent safety laws set out by the South African government.
On a trip to see the great whites you can see them breaching (breaking the surface), feeding, hunting or you can just watch these majestic silent killers of the ocean swim by from the comfort of your boat. The best time of the year to see great white sharks is between the months of February and September.