False Bay is a mere 30min drive from Cape Town international airport and a white shark hotspot. Great White sharks (Carcharodon carcharias), are probably the most charismatic and popular of the shark species. However, much of what is seen on TV or read is about them is not based on reality. These sharks are awesome. Nothing compares to seeing a white shark for the first time and all preconceived ideas are crushed with the first viewing.
You don’t even have to climb in the cage to get a good view as many of the sharks swim at the surface and some even pop their heads out to have a look at you. Join Shark Explorers as we head out before dawn to witness the raw power of nature epitomized by a Great White Shark launching itself out of the water to catch its Seal prey. These attacks can last for minutes at a time and the sharks have a 50% success rate at catching their prey. After experiencing this breathtaking interaction, we lower a cage in the water and you can have the opportunity of viewing these spectacular predators in their natural environment.
Location: Simons Town,Cape Town. South Africa.
Season: Varies between mid January to mid October
The Dive: Scuba / breath-hold . Cage comfortably takes 5 divers at a time, but can take max 6 if required. We mostly work on a breath-hold system in the cage as visibility is often limited and contact time with the animals underwater only lasts a few seconds at a time. The crew on the boat can see the sharks how they move and this way they can direct you to be looking in the right direction at the right time for the best views. A hookah scuba system is available onboard for qualified divers and is great when visibility is more than 6m and the divers can follow the sharks as they move around the boat/cage!
The Boat: A maximum of 18 guests on board.
Dive depth: Surface cage.
Water Temp: 14 – 18º C
Water visibility: 3 – 20 meters
Other species on this expedition: Cape Fur Seal, Common Dolphin,
Bottlenose Dolphin, Brydes Whale, Southern Right Whale, African
Penguin and various other sea birds.
*Please note that rates are based on seasonal activity and may change according to white shark behaviour.
*Minimum of 5 divers required to run trip.
*Please note that above information is a guideline and can vary depending on shark behaviour or environmental conditions.