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Great White Shark

Morning Trip

Catch the sharks in action at first light

Shark Cage diving in False Bay, Simon's Town

Apex Shark Expeditions morning shark tours offers guests a chance to observe natural predation, breaching and experience shark cage diving - all on one trip. We take small groups of no more than 12 guests, allowing each guest excellent viewing opportunities as we share our knowledge and passion for these creatures. Guests can book a day trip or a longer more specialised expedition. Read an account of Monique's best cage diving experience ever here.

 

QUICK info

  • Morning:

    Feb to Apr: Shark cage diving and a possibility to witness scavenge events

    May to Sep: Breaching, natural predation and shark cage diving.

  • Meeting:

    Approximately 06H30 in Simon’s Town, 45 minutes from Cape Town. Exact time confirmed the day before the trip.

  • Transfer:

    Door to door transfers arranged on request.

  • Duration:

    3 to 4 hours at sea.

  • Guests:

    Maximum 12 guests, plus 4 crew.

  • Cage size:

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

  • Trip includes:

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

Committed to excellence

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site. It rewards top performing hospitality businesses with a Certificate of Excellence. Now in its third year, the award celebrates exceptional hospitality and is given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on the site.

Apex Shark Expeditions has won this award three 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

Morning Trip

Catch the sharks in action at first light

Great White Shark – Morning Trip Itinerary: February to April

Although this is not peak season for seeing natural predatory events and breaches, Great White Sharks are actively scavenging on sick or dead seals that wash off Seal Island and there is a good chance of observing natural scavenge events.

06H30

Meet the crew at the Apex Shark Expeditions shop. Guests are welcomed aboard White Pointer II. A full safety and weather briefing is given before departure.

07H00

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

07H30

Arrive at Seal Island. Based on what the weather is doing, 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 have excellent views of the Great White Shark.

11H00 + -

White Pointer II will arrive back in Simon’s Town Harbour depending on the weather conditions and shark activity.

GREAT WHITE SHARK – MORNING TRIP ITINERARY: MAY TO SEPTEMBER

As winter begins and the seal colony blossoms, the sharks begin to change their behaviour and begin actively hunting seal pups. These months are best to view natural predation events and breaching.

06H30

Meet the crew at the Apex Shark Expeditions shop.Guests are invited for tea / coffee and muffins, followed by a full safety and weather briefing aboard White Pointer II before departure.

07H00

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

07H30

Arrive at Seal Island.

We arrive early as this is the optimum time to view the sharks actively hunting the seals. Our data indicates that half an hour before sunrise to one and a half hours after sunrise, is the best time to witness this natural event.

Once the hunting quietens down and based on what the weather is doing, 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 coming into 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.

A light lunch of rolls with cold meats (or a vegetarian option), accompanied by soft drinks, fruit juice, bottled water and a variety of snacks are available throughout the course of the morning.

11H00 + -

White Pointer II will arrive back in Simon’s Town Harbour depending on the weather conditions and shark activity.

Tea and coffee are available at our home base in Simon’s Town where payment is handled. You will also have an opportunity to browse through our unique range of shark related merchandise.

Great White Shark

Morning Trip

Catch the sharks in action at first light

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. 

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 other larger predators. Read Monique's Blog on what happened in 2014 here

April and May

April and May are usually good for cage diving. While it is not peak season for breaching behaviour, there is still a chance to catch this behaviour should we choose to tow the decoy. Read our Blog from the last season here

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, False Bay famous. Nowhere in the world will you see this behavior as frequently and consistently than at Seal Island, False Bay over this period. Our Blog from 2014 will give you an insight to what you could possibly experience this year.

September

September is good for seeing natural predation. 

October to January

We are out of season in False Bay and as such, we will book you with our sister operator in Gansbaai. Although it is low season in Gansbaai, the success rate for seeing sharks is 95%. 

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Great White Shark

Morning Trip

Catch the sharks in action at first light

full day combos

A) Morning Shark trip + afternoon Cape Point tour

We offer a combination trip with a morning shark cage diving trip, a visit to see the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach and a tour of Cape Point Nature Reserve. Services include door to door transfers.    

05H30

Pick up from your hotel. Exact time to be confirmed the day before your trip.

Your morning shark trip itinerary here.

12H00

Lunch in Simon’s Town as per your lunch options or en-route and depart earlier.

 

About 10 minutes outside of Simon’s Town, you will reach the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony – Home to 3000 African Penguins. Experience these delightful birds up close in their own habitat.

 

Thereafter wind your way through beautiful scenery to Cape Point. Breathe the crisp clean air of the ocean as you take in some incredible views. The area is of rich cultural and historical significance and includes monuments to early explorers such as Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias. The Two Oceans Restaurant located here is a good option for an early lunch.

 

*Please note: Lunch is not included in the package.