Sevengills and Cape Fur Seal Diving2018-12-11T12:41:23+00:00

Sevengills and Cape Fur Seal Diving

Join Shark Explorers on a unique dive in the magical kelp forests of the Cape peninsula in search of  Broadnose Sevengill Sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus; Cow sharks). False Bay is one of the only places in the world that you can consistently dive with over 10 and up to 70 of these ancient looking sharks. Sevengill Sharks are formidable predators of Cape Fur Seals, other species of shark and fish. They can reach lengths of 3m and weight up to 700 pounds.  What adds to the unique experience is that because of their natural curiosity and confidence we don’t use any form of chum or bait to interact with them.

Then for a second dive we will introduce you to the best dive buddies you will ever have, the Cape Fur Seal. Dive with up to 40 of these energetic characters at a time. The fur Seals are masters of the underwater world and they will amaze you with their acrobatics. Question is who is playing with who on this dive?

Location: Simonstown, Cape Town. South Africa.
Season: All year round.
The Dive: Scuba advised, but snorkel possible.
Dive depth: 6 – 12m
Water Temp: 10 – 20 º C
Water visibility:  3 – 20 meters
Dive time:  between 30 – 60 minutes
  • Two guided SCUBA dives (weights and tanks).
  •  Snacks & cool drinks on boat.
  •  Dive briefing and shark presentation.
Scuba Diving Rate: R1900 per person (excluding dive kit). Kit rental additional R495 for a full set.

Snorkeling Rate: R1350 per person (including snorkeling kit)

*Minimum of 4 divers required to run the trip

  • Two meeting time depending on conditions and other programs. Either 9am (or 1pm).
  • Board boat and check gear. Receive safety briefing and information.
  • Leave pier at 9h15 (or 13h15) (depending on meet time)
  • Arrive at 1st dive site at 9h45 (or 13h45). Receive dive briefing.
  • 1st dive at 10am (or 2pm). (dive between 40 – 60min)
  • Relocate to 2nd dive site (less than 10min). Have something to eat and drink.
  • Arrive at 2nd dive site around 11h30 (or 15h30).
  • Receive dive briefing.
  • 2nd dive at 11h45 (or 15h45). (dive between 40 – 60min)
  • Return to Simonstown pier at 13h00 (or 17h00).
  • Warm Jacket
  • Sun block
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Dive ticket


*Please note that above information is a guideline and can vary depending on shark behaviour or environmental conditions.

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“What adds to the unique experience of this dive is how one can be completely enthralled by the beauty of the Kelp forest, then all of the sudden be greeted by the always curious and entertaining Seven Gill Cow Sharks.”