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Morning Trip

Description

QUICK info

  • Morning:

    June/July: 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:

    5 divers – No experience required. Cage time is dependent on shark activity.

  • Trip includes:

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

Shark Cage diving Seal Island, Simon's Town

Apex Shark Expeditions morning shark tours offers guests a chance to observe natural predation, 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. 

 

Whilst we enjoy sightings of Great white sharks and Sevengill sharks at Seal Island as well as Mako & Blue sharks off Cape Point, sightings of Great white sharks has been unpredictable and sporadic since 2017. At Apex we endeavour to offer the best possible shark diving and shark viewing experience based on the greatest abundance of any of the above mentioned species.  By being flexible we have the best chance of guaranteeing you a fantastic and memorable shark interaction rather than just a fleeting glimpse if we offered just one species.

 

All of the species we focus on are large, powerful and active predators sure to give you an incredible once in a lifetime experience.

 

Note: All trips will be confirmed the day before and will be based on weather conditions rather than species availability.

 

COVID-19 Protocol

Safety is our # 1 Priority

Apex Shark Expeditions is committed to protecting staff and guests to ensure safety for every person. As such, we are following all government regulations as outlined here

 

Book with Confidence Terms

If travel restrictions are implemented by your local government or the government of South Africa to due to COVID 19 (Coronavirus) which means you are unable to travel, then the following will apply:

 

  • Free cancellation: 14 days prior departure

Applies to all new bookings placed from 15 April 2020 for travel between 1 May 2020 until 31 December 2021. 

 

Itinerary

Itinerary: Mid June / July

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

06H00

Meet the crew at the Apex Shark Expeditions shop. After a light breakfast, we will deliver a full safety and weather briefing aboard White Pointer II before departure.

06H30

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

07H00

Arrive at Seal Island.

We arrive early as this is the optimum time to view the sharks actively hunting the Cape Fur 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 (including 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. Take this opportunity to browse through our unique range of shark-related merchandise.

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Season

Best time of Year

The best time of year for Great White Sharks at Seal Island, False Bay departing Simon’s Town is traditionally mid June / July.

Mid June/  July historically is the peak season for Great white shark activity and this period saw heightened levels of predation until 2019 when the Great White never arrived. In the absence of the White shark, we experienced interactive dives with the Sevengill Cow shark instead. We are unsure of what the next year will bring however we remain confident that the Great White will return to Seal Island. 

 

August - Mid-June

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. 

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.

Specials

full day combos

A) Morning Shark trip + Afternoon Cape Point Tour

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

Eat lunch in Simon’s Town or along the way. Good luncheon options include The Lighthouse in Simon's Town, Black Marlin inbetween the Boulders Beach and The Cape of Good Hope or the Two Oceans restaurant located in the Cape of Good Hope reserve.

 

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Five minutes outside of Simon’s Town, you will reach the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony – Home to the African Penguin. Experience these delightful birds up close in their own habitat. The sandy, compact cove with large boulders, offers a home to waddling penguins & their nesting areas. It is one of the few sites where this vulnerable bird can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment. From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown to about 3,000 birds in recent years. This is partly due to the reduction in commercial pelagic trawling in False Bay which has increased the supply of small bait fish, which form part of the penguins' diet. Bordered mainly by indigenous bush above the high-water mark on the one side, and the clear water of False Bay on the other, the area comprises a number of small sheltered bays, partially enclosed by granite boulders that are 540 million years old.

Wind your way through the most beautiful scenery to Cape Point. 

The Cape of Good Hope

Cape Point, a World Heritage Site, and protected Nature Reserve is the only place on the planet where one finds an area of vast natural beauty, world renown for it natural vegetation and rich bio-diversity.

Part of the Cape of Good Hope is not the southern tip of Africa, despite lying at the south-west corner of the Cape Peninsula, just a little south of Cape Point on the south-east corner.

This part of the park is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons and Cape mountain zebra.

There are numerous picnic spots, paths on which one can set off on foot or mountain bike, and tidal pools on almost isolated beaches.

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 is a good option for lunch.

Transfer to your hotel.

 PLEASE NOTE:

Times are subject to confirmation the day before.

*This tour rate is based on a minimum of two guests. Should you be a solo traveller, we can still offer you the tour portion of this trip should you wish double the rate.

* The Cape Of Good Hope entrance fees are included.

*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 +- 15 minutes due to time constraints.

*Please request a quotation for a private tour.


B) Morning Shark Trip + Afternoon Constantia Winelands Tour

Sipping on fine wines while taking in the Cape’s scenic beauty is the perfect way to spend the afternoon after the excitement of a morning great white shark cage dive.

05H30

Pick up from your hotel. Exact time to be confirmed the day before your trip. Your morning shark trip itinerary takes place.

12H30

Arrive at Constantia winelands, a picturesque valley nestled beneath Table Mountain. Constantia is the oldest wine producing region in the Southern Hemisphere with an uninterrupted history of wine making. This tour includes a cellar tour and two tastings.

17H00

Transfer back to hotel.



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