SHARK CAGE DIVING
South Africa is by far the best place in the world to see Great White Sharks. It is also the only place in the world where you have the potential to see them jump up to 5m out of the water. Over the 30 years that Shark cage diving has been done in South Africa the success rate in seeing them is about 90%.
Geyser Rock in Gansbaai and Seal Island in False bay both have a population of about 60 000 Cape Fur Seals and is the favorite hunting grounds for Great White Sharks. Both islands are only a short distance off shore and takes about 15-20 minutes to reach by boat.
Chum is being used to attract the sharks, but feeding is completely prohibited. This is not an aquarium and waiting time can be anything from 5 minutes to an hour or two for the sharks to show up. If conditions are good the cage is secured to the side of the boat with very easy access to get in and out of the cage. The sharks will come right up to the surface and viewing from the boat is just as good, if not sometimes better, than in the cage.
No previous diving experience is needed. The dive can be done by just holding your breath for a few seconds at a time. There is enough room in the cage to keep your head above the water in the times that you are waiting for the sharks to get close.
2 hours and 30 minutes drive from Cape Town city center.
Gansbaai is one of very few places where Great White Sharks can be seen throughout the year.The best time of the year is April to November with slightly less sightings during the summer months due to very cold water and less food. Yes, the sea temperature in Gansbaai is colder in summer than in winter. In the last 3-4 years there has been a big increase in the sightings of Copper sharks as well. Also known as Bronze whalers. The Copper sharks get up to 3.5 meters in lenght and sometimes shows up in numbers of up to 20 in a frenzy.
Other marine life that can be expected are a variety of different dolphins and whales in season, Cape Fur Seals and up to 20 different marine seabird species.
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