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 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.
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.
These whales are endemic and can be seen all year round.
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.