Posted on Sunday, 12 July 2015
Great for photographers, very professionally run outfit
There are plenty of shark expeditions being advertised in Cape Town for a chance to see the great whites. Apex is not the cheapest but you certainly get what you paid for. We were picked up from our hotel in Cape Town and driven to Simon's Town. The drive to and fro was like a mini sight seeing trip on its own with our driver Melven pointing out the points of interest and a little history on each small town that we passed.
We took the morning trip so we were picked up from our hotel at 5.30am and reached Simon's town at about 6.20am where we could have some hot coffee and muffins before getting on the boat. Chris Fallows takes amazing photos of the great whites and you can see the passion and knowledge he and his crew (Fiona, Zola, David) have for the sharks and the wildlife of False Bay. What made this trip stand out was how Chris would direct his skipper, David to keep turning the boat around so that we could get good photos of a breach or predation attempt in the best light and background possible. There were other boats there but they seemed to be just floating around and only racing to the site of predation when it happened. It was a slow morning, the sharks were not very active but it didn't stop Apex from trying so hard to give us good angles. Unfortunately the sharks were not very cooperative and didn't breach in a spectacular fashion when they had a nice backdrop to pose to! That's nature for you! When the shark finally made a grand appearance while pursuing a young seal, it was completely unexpected and there were divers in the cage. Nonetheless, the photos still turned out pretty good and we were so awed by the spectacle of nature being played out right in front of us. The icing on the cake was when Chris and the crew discovered a megapod of dolphins and raced us there and the dolphins jumped along side the boat. Simply magical.
There's a clean toilet on the boat and snacks and drinks are all provided. David the skipper was also very knowledgeable and told us more about seal and shark behaviour as we sat on the boat. Getting into the cage is purely optional and we chose to sit it out. Despite recovering from a flu, Fiona was still so enthusiastic and full of energy as she spotted seals and predation attempts for us. Very professionally run outfit from the reservations department to the boat crew. Quite a number of guests on the boat were return guests with some doing a multi-day trip with them. Highly recommended.
Visited July 2015