There are few places in the world that allow you to experience the electrifying thrill of watching an aquatic apex predator (Great White Shark) swim within a few feet of your awestruck eyes. The most reliable cage diving sites for the Great White Shark have been listed off of the coasts of South Africa, Australia, and Isla de Guadalupe (Mexico). While South Africa has various sites to spot these predators, it is the waters off of Gansbaai that have been given the moniker of the "Great White Shark capital" of the world. A short boat ride from Gansbaai are Dyer Island and Geyser Rock which house penguins and fur seals attracting a plethora of Great Whites. High season in these waters for spotting Great White Shark activity is between May-September with the peak in June-August. We were in good fortune as our trip was in mid-to-late May. As discussed in some of our earlier blogposts, this must be balanced with your other ideas during your South African holiday as June and July tend to bring a lot of rainfall to Cape Town which may cramp some of your other plans: http://www.seekingsky.com/blog/2017/8/3/south-africa-introduction-preparation
No matter when you go, be ready for some cold water as the water temperature here hovers around 15 degrees Celsius/60 degrees Fahrenheit (it was even colder for us) as the Antarctic Benguela Ocean current predominates. Make sure your outfitter gives you thick wetsuits/drysuits (ours were at least 7mm thick), booties, and hoodies. Luckily it seems many of the tour operators here are well equipped, very experienced, and highly professional given the popularity of this adventure/thrill activity as we met folks from all over the world in our group. One of the great advantages in going Great White Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai is you do not need any prior scuba diving experience; no true diving is necessary to participate. If there is a storm, it's likely the excursion will be cancelled so make sure to not leave this for your last full day so you have some flexibility. If your trip coincides with the aforementioned High Season, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to get your adrenaline rush by going Great White Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai; it is the perfect day-trip from Cape Town. There may be no better place to cross this off of your bucket-list because many of the shark documentaries you see on TV are actually filmed here given the high concentration of shark activity.
OUR VIDEO EXPERIENCE:
DESCRIBING THE DAY:
What to bring yourself:
swimwear (to wear under wetsuit)
jacket/hoodie/pants to wear for the early morning drive or on boat deck as it can get chilly
waterproof camera (we used our GoPro for the above video)