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Great White Shark

Afternoon Trip

Sharks Up Close And Personal

Shark Cage diving at Seal Island departing Simon's Town

Allow us to give you a breath-taking look into the Great White Shark’s life and ecosystem. We offer South Africa’s most personalised Great White Shark cage diving experience. Join us for an intimate afternoon diving with and surface viewing great white sharks.

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  • Meeting:

    11H30 + - in Simon’s Town, 45 minutes from Cape Town. Exact time is confirmed the day before the trip. 

  • Transfer:

    Door to door transfers arranged upon request.

  • Duration:

     3 to 4 hours at sea depending on sea conditions and shark activity.    

  • Guests:

     Maximum of 12 guests, plus 4 crew. 

  • Cage size:

     5 divers – No experience required. 20 – 30 minutes cage time.  

  • Trip includes:

    Coffee / tea, passionate crew, educational booklet, dive gear, light meal, snacks & refreshments.

Our guests receive personal and preferential treatment. As such, each great white tour accommodates a maximum of 12 guests. This gives us the opportunity to pass on our knowledge and passion for the sharks and the area. A smaller group also allows for better viewing opportunities and a longer cage dive. 

view our boat and cage

Committed to excellence

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APEX SHARK EXPEDITIONS HAS WON THIS AWARD FIVE YEARS IN A ROW.

Please note:

Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

We will however, give you realistic expectations before making a booking

Bookings are essential as space is limited.

All payment is to be made in South African Rand. We require credit card details to secure a booking.

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Great White Shark

Afternoon Trip

Sharks Up Close And Personal

Great White Shark – Afternoon Trip : February to August

We treat these animals with the utmost respect with our focus on a natural interaction with the sharks. On most days we observe a number of sharks around the boat and surface viewing and cage diving are good. 

11H30 + -

Meet the crew at the Apex Shark Expeditions shop in Simon's Town.

Guests are welcomed aboard White Pointer II. A full safety and weather briefing is given before departure.

13H00

Depart for Seal Island which is a 25 to 35 minute boat ride depending on weather and sea conditions.

13H30

Arrive at Seal Island.

Based on the weather, we will decide on the best spot to weigh anchor and begin attracting sharks to the vessel. The cage is then deployed, where it floats next to our vessel.

Once a shark approaches our boat, bait is kept in the water to keep the shark around long enough for identification, viewing and cage diving purposes. At no point are the sharks purposefully fed or handled and all efforts are made to prevent the sharks from making contact with our vessel.

If the weather conditions are favourable, guests will be readied for cage diving. Safety precautions and operational procedures are then explained to any guest wishing to enter the cage. It is important to know that the sharks come very close to the boat so it is not necessary to dive in order to see them. Those not wishing to dive will still have excellent views of the Great White Shark.

16H00 + -

Snacks accompanied by soft drinks, fruit juice and bottled water are available throughout the afternoon.

16H30 +-

White Pointer 11 will return to the harbour, weather and shark activity dictating.

Great White Shark

Afternoon Trip

Sharks Up Close And Personal

When to see what

The season for Great White Sharks at Seal Island, False Bay departing Simon’s Town is February to the end of September. 

Great White Shark

February and March

February is the beginning of season as the sharks begin to return to Seal Island from their summer inshore area. At the start and end of the season sightings can go either way. The sharks are interested in coming up to the boat which is good for cage diving. You are less likely to see the breaching behaviour at the start of the season, but the sight of a Great White close to the boat is nevertheless enthralling. There are usually large shoals of baitfish in the bay, which in turn attract large other larger predators. Read what happened in 2015 here.

White Shark Cage Diving

April and May

April and May are usually good for cage diving. While it is not peak season yet for breaching behaviour, there is still a chance to see this behaviour. Our April 2014 season blog says it all.

June to August

June, July and August is the peak season for Great White Shark activity at Seal Island. This period sees heightened levels of breaching. This is what makes Seal Island famous. Nowhere in the world will you see this behavior as frequently and consistently than at Seal Island over this period. Read our blog.

September to January

We are out of season in False Bay and as such, we will book your trips with our sister operator in Gansbaai

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Great White Shark

Afternoon Trip

Sharks Up Close And Personal

FULL DAY COMBO

C) Morning Cape Peninsula Tour + Afternoon Great White Shark Trip

This combo trip takes guests on a morning tour of Cape Point Nature Reserve, a visit see the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach with an afternoon shark cage diving trip. Services include door to door transfers. 

The exact pick up time will be confirmed with you late afternoon the day before your trip however it is usually between 7H30 - 7H45 AM.  

The route is usually along the Atlantic Seaboard, through Hout bay and over Chapman's Peak before heading to Cape Point.

We advise spending a couple of hours in the reserve before heading to the Boulders to see the African Penguins. Your afternoon shark trip meets anywhere from 11H00 onwards.

Once you have completed your shark tour, the drive to your hotel will take approx. 45 minutes.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

*Lunch is not included in this package.

*This tour rate is based on a minimum of two guests. Should you be a solo traveler, we can offer you the tour portion of this trip should you wish to pay twice the amount for the tour.

*Boulders Beach and Penguin entrance fees are not included in the tour rate. It is not necessary to enter the facility as the penguins are easily viewed from the boardwalk. This stop is usually +- 10 minutes due to time constraints.

*Please request a quotation for a private tour.