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Shark Cage Diving Cape Town Half Day  

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QUICK info

  • Meeting:

    Anywhere from between 06h30 - 10h00am for the first launch.

    The second launch meeting is anywhere between 10h00 - 14h00pm.

    The meeting times are subject to change based on weather, sightings and how many trips are scheduled for the day and the exact time will be confirmed with you the afternoon before your trip.

  • Transfers:

    Door to door transfers arranged upon request. 

  • Duration:

    Half day trips - 3 to 4 hours at sea.

  • Guest Numbers:

    Maximun of 12 guests.

  • Cage Size:

    4 divers. 

    * Air for certified divers upon request.

  • Includes:

    Light breakfast, tea/coffee, light lunch  (wraps) snacks and refreshments. 

    Dive gear.

    Towels.

    Educational book.

Half Day trips, 45 minutes from Cape Town - All Year Round

 

We operate half day shark tours ALL YEAR round to either Seal Island or Cape Point as both offer very different opportunities and visibility. Possible shark species can include Seven Gill sharks, Mako sharks, Blue shark and the Great White shark.

The location for the day will be determined by the best shark activity and sea conditions and will be confirmed with you the day before your trip.

Whales, dolphins and many species of sea birds are often encountered on this adventurous expedition. As we adopt an eco-system style of operating our trips, going to sea with Apex is like going on a safari game drive and we will try to take in as much marine wildlife as possible on our trips.

The departure point, Simon’s Town, is only 45 minutes from Cape Town, 15 minutes from the Cape of Good Hope and only 2 minutes from Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

Itinerary

1st Launch

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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.

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Depart for Seal Island which is a 25 to 35 minute boat ride based on sea and weather conditions. Should Cape Point be the location for the trip, the boat ride is +- 50 minutes.

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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. 

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 Sharks.

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.

TBC

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.

The total duration at sea is +- 4 hours.

2nd Launch

BTW

Same itinerary as the first launch.

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Season

When to see what

When making a booking for shark cage diving it is important that you have realistic expectations. If you want to see a specific shark, we'll happily advise you on the best times to book for the best chance of seeing that shark species. Check out the latest sightings here

We offer the best possible shark diving experience based on the greatest abundance of any of the following 3 species at the time: Great white shark, Sevengill shark, Mako & Blue shark.  By being flexible you have the best chance of a great 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.

 

Seven Gill Cow Shark

Seven Gill sharks are seen all year round and are the ancient undertakers of the sea.

Growing to at least 10 feet these massive sharks with their disproportionately large heads filled with heavily serrated hex comb cutting teeth are the dinosaurs of the deep. There are few places on earth where they occur in shallow water with reasonable visibility. Seal Island is one such venue and this is one of the great shark species we see on many of our expeditions to this famous Island that has been the subject of so many documentaries.

Great White Shark

The Great white shark sightings were highly variable in 2019 especially in False Bay and Gansbaai. That said, due to our flexible options of booking in all 3 areas, we can advise on the best location that will give you the best shark encounter possible. Historically mid June to end of July is the best time period for Great white sharks at Seal Island

Blue and Mako Shark

The Open ocean is a realm that is visited by few. It is in this inky blue world of free ranging nomads where two great shark species, the Mako and Blue sharks, ply their trade. Scenery is breath taking as you pass Cape Point and The Cape of Good Hope and it not long before you see your first albatross as you head out into the open ocean.

During the months of November to March the current generally moves closer to the Cape Point area making this the high season for diving with these sharks.

Curious, sometimes bold, and incredibly beautiful, Mako and Blue sharks are the apex predators of the open ocean.

Common Dolphin

Common Dolphins pods are usually seen from March to July and can be seen feeding on bait fish .Occasionally Bottlenose and Dusky dolphins are also seen.

Orca

May is the month which we have encountered these animals mostly however they are seen in other months.

Southern Right Whale 

August to November: Up to 3,500 Southern Right whales mate and give birth along the South African coast. Humpback whales may also occasionally be seen.

Brydes Whale

These whales are endemic and can be seen all year round

African Penguin

All year round. Boulders Beach is home to 3,500 African Penguins and we pass by this colony en route to Seal Island or Cape Point and often encountering hunting parties of penguins out on feeding sorties.

Cape Fur Seal

All year round.

Please remember that this is a guideline only and that sightings on any trip can never be guaranteed - we're sure you'll appreciate that working with sharks is as wild as it comes! 

 

Note: Day before confirmation and shark species will depend on weather conditions. All trips are confirmed weather dependent and are not shark species dependent.

Specials

Shark Cage Diving Cape Town

MORNING SHARK TRIP + AFTERNOON CAPE POINT TOUR

 

 

 

 

05H30 Onwards

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

Morning shark trip.

12H00

Lunch in Simon’s Town or en route and depart earlier.

 

About 5 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.

 17HOO +- Drop off at hotel.

 

 

*Lunch is not included in this package.

*This tour rate is based on a minimum of two guests. Should you be a solo traveler, we can offer you the tour portion of this trip should you wish to pay twice the amount for the tour.

*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 +- 10 minutes due to time constraints.

*Please request a quotation for a private tour.

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