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At Apex Shark Expeditions we want to improve people’s understanding of sharks. Our expertise and professionalism have allowed us to facilitate, and even host, many well-known shark documentaries over the years. These include: Discovery Channel’s Air Jaws 1 & 2; Ultimate Air Jaws; Air Jaws Apocalypse; Air Jaws: Fin of Fury, BBC Planet Earth’s Great White Shark segment and National Geographic’s JAWS – 25 Year Anniversary.

Mako Shark by Chris Fallows

In addition to being one of the world’s leading authorities on Great White Sharks, Chris is a professional wildlife photographer and his photographs have been published in media around the world.

Chris has delivered over 200 lectures to students and the world's most influential specialists alike. It is Chris’s belief that the only way people develop a love for, and a need to conserve wildlife, is through exposure to it. To this end Chris shares his images and experiences with his audiences, inspiring them to experience the wonders of nature for themselves. 

His book, 'Great White, The Majesty of Sharks', chronicles his journey as a shark enthusiast and has to date sold in excess of 25 000 copies.

For more information on shark tours offered by Apex Shark Expeditions, contact us today.

What makes apex shark expeditions special?

Our dedicated team love what they do. It’s their passion and expertise that makes each expedition a personal and highly rewarding one. Our approach to our Great White shark expeditions showcases both the sharks and the environment in which they live, offering guests a deeper understanding of these magnificent animals. The high rate of guests that return each year tells us that we’re doing it right.

Chris Fallows Apex Shark Expeditions Staff
Chris Fallows

Chris has worked with sharks since commercial shark cage diving began in South Africa in 1992. His passion and knowledge about these animals is second to none. He is a qualified commercial skipper, experienced tour guide, dive master and is level 3 first aid trained. In addition he is a well-known personality in marine wildlife documentary circles, having hosted and appeared in many to date. 

Monique Fallows Apex Shark Expeditions Staff
Monique Fallows

Monique has a host of experience working with Great White Sharks after co-founding Apex Shark Expeditions in 2000. She thrives on learning the unique personalities of the sharks that regularly visit Seal Island and sharing her experiences and knowledge with guests. Monique is a qualified skipper, registered tour guide, competent open water diver and is level 3 first aid trained.

David Helfrich Apex Shark Expeditions Staff
David Helfrich

David brings with him over 10 years experience in our Cape waters. He previously worked in the Gansbaai shark cage diving industry for 3 years and has most recently being skippering fishing charters off shore of Cape Point. He has a love for Great White Sharks and all marine life as well as good knowledge of pelagic birds and other marine animals. 

Kirsty MacSymon Apex Shark Expeditions Staff
Kirsty MacSymon

Kirsty spent a year in the Mountain Zebra National Park as a game ranger and then 3 months at SANCCOB saving seabirds and penguins by rehabilitating and releasing them back into the wild. She also did a stint at our local SPCA rescuing and rehabilitating injured and displaced wildlife. Her cheerful and enthusiastic personality and passion for wildlife is contagious as she shares her experience and knowledge with you.


Karyn Cooper Apex Shark Expeditions General Manager
Karyn Cooper

Karyn, who has been with Apex for 6 years, is the General Manager.  Her portfolio includes marketing, product development and steering the company to greater heights.



Chanele Jenkinson Apex Shark Expeditions Staff
Chanele Jenkinson

Chanele is our Bookings Consultant. She assists with various aspects of the Apex marketing portfolio. Her friendly, highly organised and diligent nature ensures a high level of customer satisfaction when booking with us.

Renee Barnard Apex Shark Expeditions Staff
Renee Barnard

Renee is the Office and Accounts Manager in our Simon’s Town shop. She is an absolute professional and goes out of her way to ensure that our guests feel welcome and settled. Renee often helps guests make the most of their Cape Town visit by recommending and booking other interesting activities. 

Bernie Ward Apex Shark Expeditions Staff
Bernie Ward

Bernie assists in the daily office duties. An avid nature-lover, she is very keen on conservation and her professional demeanour ensures that our guests are well taken care of. 

Jimi Partington Apex Shark Expeditions Staff
Jimi Partington

Jimi is a qualified dive instructor. He was originally a guest with Apex back in 2006 and has since worked with sharks in various locations around the world. Jimi has a great passion for the marine life encountered at Seal Island and never tires of seeing guests’ excited reactions to the sharks.

Fiona McLellan Apex shark expeditions staff
Fiona McLellan

Fiona is studying a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management & Zoology and is passionate about all marine life and the conservation thereof. She is an attentive member of the crew thereby ensuring all guests receive one on one time. She is a qualified Open Water diver and level 3 first aid trained. 

Lunga Makunga
Lunga Makunga

Lunga has joined us for his first season in False Bay. Lunga has a sparkling upbeat personality. His big smile and his willingness to assist our guests in whichever way they need is truly impressive. 

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