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Shark Cage Diving Full Day Trip

Cape Town

Activity Description

The great white has always instilled in me a sense of fear and awe in equal measure. Shark attacks worldwide make sensational headlines and result in a great public outcry to make the beaches safer for us humans. We are bombarded with fearsome great white shark pictures displaying great white sharks as devils of the deep. Some go as far as to demand retribution which sometimes culminates in a shark killing frenzy.

My view is that great whites are operating naturally in their environment and probably not deserving of their terrible reputation. It is we humans that are encroaching on their environment. With this in mind, I decided to learn more about the great white shark. My first step was to go shark cage diving in Gansbaai. Now cage diving might not appeal to everybody, as facing the great white through steel bars is proberly not for the faint hearted. I was however committed to overcome my fears and give the great white the benefit if the doubt.

I booked my cage diving with African Eagle Day Tours. I was picked up early one morning and together with my fellow passengers headed out to Gansbaai on our great white shark adventure. On our arrival in Gansbaai we were treated to breakfast and given a safety briefing. Those who did not want to do cage diving were given the option of viewing the great white from the safety of the boat.

In our party were guys who had done a number of shark dives before. They assured us that white shark cage diving was very safe and that the great white was a docile creature. Yeah right! Nontheless, I put on a brave face as we headed out to sea. We parked near to what was commonly known as shark alley. Time to face my fear….

I climbed into the shark cage which was already in the water. I did not have time to settle, when out of the blue, this huge white shark elegantly glided towards me. My fear was overtaken by awe and admiration as the great white nosed the shark cage. This white shark did not appear to be the demon of the deep, rather it seemed to be as curious as I was. My time in the shark cage seemed too short. But I felt I had somehow connected with this fearful predator called the great white. I think that by the time we headed back to the shoreline of Gansbaai, my attitude and that of my fellow shark cage divers toward the great white shark had changed from fear to respect and admiration.

I urge you to head out to Gansbaai and do shark cage diving. Your interaction with the great white will live with you forever.

(Greg Smith – USA)

Early pick up at your hotel, en route to Gansbaai


• Breakfast, overview of day and safety briefing

• Launch from Gansbaai Harbour

• Anchor near Shark Alley and start cage diving

• Approx 5 hours out at sea to enjoy the interaction with one of the natures most

awesome predators

• Viewing of Great White Sharks, seals, various birdlife and whales in season

• Return to Gansbaai harbour

• Lunch and viewing of DVD of day

• Handing out dive certificates to cage divers

• Return to Cape Town

• Orange Wi-Fi on board


Duration11 hours
WhenThis service is scheduled to run 365 Days a year, except on 25 December.
WhereWe will collect you from your hotel or guesthouse. Please enter your address when making your reservation.
WeatherThis tour is weather sensitive and we will notify you at the earliest time possible of any change or cancellations.
What to WearDress comfortably and according to the weather. Bring your swimming costume. A towel and showers are available after the dive. You will also be given a wetsuit for the dive.
Things to BringThis a full day tour to a very beautiful part of South Africa. Bring your camera, some cash & cards and a great attitude to enjoy the day with us.
Guests or SpectatorsOnly guests that have booked and paid are allowed on tours.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsReturn transfer in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle, continental breakfast on arrival, equipment on boat, snacks on boat, lunch and soft drinks. Shark Cage Diving Experience.
ExclusionsAny other additional items of a personal nature. A DVD can be ordered at additional cost on the day.


We collect you from your hotel or guesthouse. Please make sure that you select Cape Town and enter your address or hotel name where you would like to be collected.
Please note that you will be collected as early as 6am till 7am.
Be ready for the earlier time as you might be the first to be collected.

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