Since 1996, Apex Shark Expeditions is a licensed shark cage diving tour operator. We are well known for our eco-system styled approach to our shark diving experiences, rather than just being shark-centric, we offer our guests the chance to step back and stay naturally connected. From ubiquitous penguins; to the melee of 64,000 seals; the rush of riding alongside a pod of dolphins; to the awe of a predatory shark; our aim at Apex is to take you back to that place where you found peace and a connection with the natural world during an unprecedented time. If the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us one thing, it is how much so many of us have missed connecting with family and nature.
Do it together! Bring your family and join us on an adventure into nature.
Our Ethos: Respect, admiration and passion for wildlife that is shared through a safe, educational and personal experience with every guest who we are fortunate enough have join us.
The ethos behind our shark cage diving business is based on our love for the wildlife we encounter. Chris has worked with Great White sharks and other marine wildlife since 1989 when he started a shark tagging project with local subsistence fishermen in False Bay. Nearly 40% of our clientele are return guests and our longer expeditions are led by some of the world’s most respected shark scientists and biologists. This gives all who attend take part, a great opportunity to experience these animals holistically. Chris Fallows is a world-renowned wildlife photographer and his work has been published around the world.
Apex Shark Expeditions is therefore on the cutting edge of marine wildlife photography giving photographers who take a shark tour with us, amateur and professional alike, fantastic guidance to capture the best possible shot without compromising the animals. This is why we have been the first choice shark diving company for many of the world’s top wildlife photographers and film crews. BBC’s Planet Earth, Discovery Channels Air Jaws 1, 2, Ultimate Air Jaws and Air Jaws Apocalypse, various National Geographic shows and nearly 40 other documentaries have all been exclusively or partially facilitated by Apex Shark Expeditions. Monique and Chris have been going to sea almost daily for the last 18 years and are driven by their passion for marine wildlife.
It is our hope that through our expeditions, you will come away with an appreciation for the wildlife we are fortunate enough to encounter. While the sharks are our primary focus, we adopt an eco-system approach and our trips are much like going on an African safari. Seeing a shark in the wild should be a highlight in anyone’s life. As such we believe that this experience should not be rushed. Consequently, our shark cage diving trips are longer than any other operators with the smallest group sizes in the industry. Weather conditions and shark behaviour can be unpredictable, so shark sightings are not always guaranteed. However, we will try our best to offer you the best possible chance to see these majestic creatures.
Safety is our # 1 Priority
Apex Shark Expeditions is committed to protecting staff and guests to ensure the safety of each and every person. As such, we are following the government regulations as outlined here
Book with Confidence Terms
If travel restrictions are implemented by your local government or the government of South Africa due to COVID 19 (Coronavirus) which means you are unable to travel, then FREE cancellation applies up to 14 days before trip date.
We offer the smallest group size of any shark diving operation in South Africa by 50%. Therefore 40% of all Apex guests are repeat guests, the highest repeat rate in the industry!
What this means for you:
- Social distancing.
- An amazing educational experience where guides interact with you as an individual. Want to see something in particular? Ask your guide and they'll do their best for you.
- Longer time and less guests in the cage on average per person of any shark operation. Experience freedom in a cage.
- Loads of space to be able to see and photograph the sharks from a specially designed vessel that offers both high and low photographic options.
- More flexibility for us to spend time looking at other marine wildlife including dolphins, whales and penguins for you.
Situated in Cape Town, we operate the best shark cage diving in one of the most richly diverse oceanic habitats in the world
Expert, passionate and friendly guides offer you a fun and insightful shark diving experience
We are committed to conservation. We'd like you to leave as ambassadors for sharks - all sharks!
We know how to get close to the sharks while maintaining respect as we care and love the sharks. Come and see how much we care.
We offer the best of the best shark cage diving trips in various locations, the most popular being Cape Town and Gansbaai. In order to make it easier to choose the location that best suits your requirements, we have listed the differences below:
|Location ex Cape Town||45 minutes||2 ½ hours|
|Total Guests||12 people - smallest in the industry||20 – 37 guests|
|Cage||4 persons||Up to 9 persons|
|Water Visibility||Seal Island - 7 Gill sharks 15-20ft to 40ft |
Cape Point - Mako & Blue sharks, 30ft with 60ft +
|Trip Duration||3 - 4 hours||2 - 3 hours|
|Shark Species||Seven Gill Sharks 90% of trips |
Mako Shark 75%
Blue Shark 95%
Bronze Whaler Shark seasonal
|Great White Shark 50 - 60% |
Bronze Whaler Shark 90%
|Other Sightings||65 000 Cape Fur Seals, Africa’s largest island based colony Boulders beach Penguins 2500 birds, just 2 minutes from launch site. |
Seasonally 3 whale species, Southern Right, Humpback and Brydes
Seasonally 3 Dolphin species , Common, Dusky and Bottlenose.
Up to 20 species of Seabirds recorded
Spectacular scenery of Table Mountain & Cape Point visible simultaneously.
|Seals swimming en route Occasional sightings of Dolphin and Whales in season Penguins and various other bird species|
|Nearby Attractions||Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve (world’s richest floral kingdom and various large mammal species). Kirstenbosch gardens |
Atlantic Seaboard with Hout bay & Camps Bay beaches
|Penguin Sanctuary |
Don't take our word for it! Check out our reviews to see why we have consistently been rated the number one shark cage diving company in False Bay.
Read our reviews here: TripAdvisor.