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Great White Shark Afternoon Trip


QUICK info

  • 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. Cage time is dependent on shark activity.

  • Trip includes:

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

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.

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. 


Great White Shark – Afternoon Trip : Mid June / July

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.


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


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.

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When to see what

The peak season for Great White Sharks at Seal Island, False Bay departing Simon’s Town is mid June / July. 

Mid June / July
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Mid June/  July is the peak season for Great White Shark activity at Seal Island. This period sees heightened levels of sharks around the boat and therefore offers good cage diving opportunities and surface viewing. This is all in one trip!

February to Mid June, August & September
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February was historically the beginning of the Great White season as the sharks began to return to Seal Island from their summer inshore area. However the last few years, Great White shark sightings at both Seal Island and in Gansbaai have been well below normal with sightings of these rare animals being unpredictable and sporadic during this period. Therefore these months after a 50/50 chance of a Great White encounter.

On days when Great Whites are not seen another extraordinary species of shark, the Seven Gill Shark has suddenly become a frequently encountered species in our area.

The Seven Gill Shark is an ancient, large, highly predatory shark growing upwards of 10 feet in length. It is a rarely seen Apex Predator whose lineage dates back over 150 million years and diving with one is in effect diving with a modern dinosaur.


Great White Shark Afternoon Trip Specials