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Great White

Gansbaai

Take a trip through shark alley

Shark diving in Gansbaai

Gansbaai is located just 2 hours from Cape Town and Great White Shark cage diving trips are generally offered throughout the year however Great White shark sightings in Gansbaai have been well below normal in the past few years with sightings of these rare animals becoming unpredictable and sporadic. The success rate is +- 3/10 trips.

On days when great whites are not seen another species of shark, the Copper shark has suddenly become a frequently encountered species in this area. The Copper shark (Bronze Whalers) can attain a length of over 3m. The sleek body has a bronze-grey sheen dorsally with an off-white underside and is slightly arched above the gills.

The waters off of Dyer Island in Gansbaai are aptly named Shark Alley and are known for their exceptional shark populations. The sharks are attracted by the massive 60 000-strong Cape Fur Seal colony which inhabits the smaller island of Geyser Rock. This location is only visted in the June/July months when the sharks are feeding here, otherwise the vessels anchor closer inshore and guests do not get to see Shark Alley or the Island.

Other wildlife species such as Cape Gannets, Cape Cormorants, African Penguins, whales ( July to November)  and dolphins are also likely to be sighted. 

Read Monique's blog on Summer Cage diving in Gansbaai.

 

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  • All year round:

    Shark cage diving and surface viewing.

  • Meeting:

    Exact time confirmed the day before the trip and is based on weather and tides.

    Note: All trips are confirmed weather dependent and are not shark species dependent.

  • Transfers:

    Door to door transfers arranged upon request.

  • Duration:

    3 to 4 hours at sea based on sea conditions and shark activity.

  • Guests:

    Minimum 20 guests. Maximum 35 guests.

  • Cage size:

    Minimum 5 divers. Maximum 8 divers. No experience required. Cage time is dependant on shark activity and sea conditions.

  • Trip includes:

    Breakfast / brunch, presentation, dive gear, light meal on board, snacks & refreshments. 

The Boat

The boat is the first of its kind. Designed specifically for shark cage diving, she is built for stability, speed, safety and comfort. The vessel can comfortably accommodate 40 passengers however trips are usually limited to 35 plus crew.

Facilities include designated toilets for males and females, a staircase on either side of the boat provides easy access and a smooth flow of traffic to the upper viewing deck. A canvas dressing cubicle for guests who prefer privacy. (Upon request)

 

 

The Cage

A securely designed steel cage is used, which floats on the surface, with divers no more than 1m below the surface. The cage accommodates 7 -8 guests on a rotational basis. All dives are breath-hold which is comfortable and safe - NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!

 

 

Surface Viewing 

White sharks are surface feeders, providing brilliant surface viewing from the safety of the shark-viewing deck of the boat. For those not wanting to get in the cage, you will still get to see this amazing animal up close and personal. The price is the same for diving and surface viewing.

Shark Guarantee: A voucher for no shark sightings.

 

APEX SHARK EXPEDITIONS HAS WON THIS AWARD SIX YEARS IN A ROW.

Please note:

Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

We will however, give you realistic expectations before making a booking

Bookings are essential as space is limited.

All payment is to be made in South African Rand. We require credit card details to secure a booking.

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Great White

Gansbaai

Take a trip through shark alley

Great White Shark – Gansbaai Itinerary

The focus of this trip is cage diving and surface viewing. It is highly unlikely to see breaching or hunting behaviour in this location.Your trip  is hosted by a marine biologist and other experienced and well trained guides ensuring an educational experience.

All itinerary times are subject to change and are based on tides, weather and sea conditions and how many departures are scheduled for the day.

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Meet and greet:

As times are dependent on tide and weather conditions, the meeting can be as early as 06H00 or as late as 14H00. Exact times will be confirmed with you late afternoon the day before your trip.

Given the travel times, this is a full day activity.

1 Hour

Breakfast / brunch and an informative talk on the sharks and area.

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Launch:

Spend 3 to 4 hours at sea depending on shark activity and sea conditions. All dives are breath-hold which is comfortable and safe. This is common practice among Gansbaai shark cage diving operators.

NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!

The secure steel cage floats on the surface and accommodates 8 divers easily. Divers are no more than 1 metre below the surface when submerged.

During the cage diving activity, divers will be supervised by a Dive Master.

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Return to shore:

Tea  /coffee /soup & sandwiches will be served whilst you watch the DVD of your trip. A highly experienced underwater videographer accompanies you on your trip. Your shark cage diving trip in Gansbaai will be captured on a video and a link will be made available to you after the tour at a minimal cost.

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Arrive in Cape Town (This is dependant on the launch time).

Trip includes:

  • Breakfast
  • Light lunch, fresh fruit, snacks, hot chocolate and soft drinks on board.
  • All dive gear excluding snorkel (wetsuit, booties, hoody, mask, weight-belt).
  • Towels.
  • Waterproof / windproof jackets.
  • A voucher to visit again should you not see any sharks.

Great White

Gansbaai

Take a trip through shark alley

When to see what

Gansbaai's Great White trips operate year round, although generally Great White shark sightings at both Gansbaai and Seal Island have been well below normal in the past couple of years with sightings of these rare animals being unpredictable and sporadic. Check out the latest sightings here

There are 8 other operators in this area and choosing the best company can be confusing. This is where we can assist you. There is no extra charge for us to book you on this great white tour and this means that you will be going with a reputable operation that offers an environmentally friendly and educational experience.

For more information on the area, read Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai.

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Check out the Blog tab for the latest sightings .Apex offers the smallest group size (12) of any shark cage diving vessel in South Africa. Book a transfer and get a 10 minute free visit to the African Penguins at Boulders.