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Shark Cage Diving trip 13 Sept 2012

By | September 13th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Shark Cage Diving trip report: Great shark cage diving trip this morning! We had a spectacular breach and one predation kill to start off the trip. Our guests had a fantastic time in the shark cage with five Great White Sharks gracing us with their presence  around the boat. 8-10 m vizibility allowed for great views from the shark cage. We had to turn back early due to the rain, but all in all, we had some very happy guests! Join us for a shark cage diving trip with African Shark Eco-Charters Here is some info about our trips for you to read. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Simon's Town is just 40min from Cape Town and the base from where our boat departs early in the morning. A short 20 minute will take you into False Bay, famous for the great white "Flying Sharks", a term used for their highly athletic breaching and hunting behavior. NO [...]

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Shark Cage Diving trip 12 Sept 2012

By | September 13th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Shark Cage Diving trip report: Nice full boat of guests. Constant shark action around the boat, and everyone was able to have their shark cage dive. 8-10m visibility which was wonderful. Great weather, great guests made for a memorable trip. Join us for a shark cage diving trip with African Shark Eco-Charters Here is some info about our trips for you to read. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Simon's Town is just 40min from Cape Town and the base from where our boat departs early in the morning. A short 20 minute will take you into False Bay, famous for the great white "Flying Sharks", a term used for their highly athletic breaching and hunting behavior. NO QUALIFICATIONS for shark cage diving are necessary! The cage floats just under the surface of the water, and it is situated alongside the boat. Only two enter the cage at a time, all scuba equipment stays on board and only the scuba hose [...]

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Shark cage diving, what a pleasure!

By | September 10th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

On our shark cage diving trips, we have being seeing some new great white sharks showing up to our boat some really relaxed animals that are totally comfortable with the cage and the bait. Certain sharks do not like the bait or shark cage and  they  have one look and move off. Others are calm and stay around and interact with us. This is the shark you want to have with guests on the boats and makes for  great shark cage diving. Today we had a really relaxed shark with us, on and off for most of the morning. Great Whites will generally roll their eyes inside out when biting something, this is to protect their eyes as this is probably the most important body part to them, if they can't see, they can't hunt. Well this animal was so relaxed it was not even rolling its eyes, she was [...]

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Predation Station-False Bay

By | September 10th, 2012|News Articles, Tour Happening's|

Predation Station-False Bay Hello Fello Sharkies... This week we did a good number of trip,  seeing some excellent sharks up to the boats. The sharks hunting has been a lot more quieter this week seeing maybe 1 or 2 predations on each morning, which is typical of the sightings in early September. Some of them have been really good to watch and others one hit wonders (this is what we call when a shark has one go at the seal and that's all you see). One particular predation was really good to get to and went on for a long time. This is the image I managed to capture when we got to the predation. Here is some info on predation activity. Predation of the Great White Shark Predation is one of the most fundamental interactions in nature and one of the most fascinating interactions to observe, but predation is [...]

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“Simply Brilliant!”

By | September 6th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

[pullquote] so glad I did it with African Shark Eco-Charters, will recommend them to anyone who decides to do this! [/pullquote] Very professional while being friendly and felt like a family. It was a pleasure to do the trip with you! Thank you, Rob, Allie and Naomi! Booked a few months before I came out to SA and was very easy and was kept updated to confirm that the trip was on. The trip itself was excellent, saw loads of sharks, had a great dive in the cage, got loads of photos and got humpbacks and dolphins into the price. Cage diving with Great Whites had been no.1 on my bucket list for years and now it's done, so glad I did it with African Shark Eco-Charters, will recommend them to anyone who decides to do this! I was recommended them by a colleague at work who had an equally brilliant [...]

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Shark Cage Diving

By | September 6th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Shark Cage Diving is an amazing way to experience being with the great white shark. We love it when guests  start the trip a bit fearful and then leave, saying " wow, those sharks are amazing'. Its great to be able to educate and change negative perceptions into a positive one. Then, by sharing this experience,  are able to pass that forward and change others misconceptions. There are two shark area's. Simon's Town and Gansbaai. During the Summer (October-end January), it is the low- intermediate  season and we would recommend shark cage diving  in Gansbaai instead of Simon's Town (Seal Island, False Bay). Reason being, is that  in False Bay the great white sharks move away from Seal Island  to the inshore area's. They return early February. During the Winter, high season, we would recommend booking with us, African Shark Eco-Charters in Simon's Town (Seal Island, False Bay). You can book a shark cage diving trip in Gansbaai directly with us. [...]

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Important questions to ask when choosing a shark diving operator.

By | September 5th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Going Shark Diving?  But, chosing the right shark diving company is very important. There is more to it than hopping on a boat to see a shark. Here are important questions to ask. Sadly many people dont ask and then regret it later. Here at African Shark Eco-Charters, we believe we offer one of the best trips around. You are booking directly with us and not an agent. There is no middle man, no commission, and no hidden agenda's. We are a family company who love sharks and its not just a job for us.  How many passengers on your boat? Some companies take 40 people on their boat.  We chose to limit our trips 8-12 guests. We focus on smaller groups to ensure that everyone has a personal experience with the great white sharks. We do not squeeze in that extra person, ever! How many divers in the shark cage? 2 maximum. Many [...]

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My favourite thing about Seal Island is…

By | September 3rd, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Shark cage diving? Choose African Shark Eco-Charters. Here is why! My favourite thing about Seal Island is... Of all the things that make Seal Island in False Bay special, one particular aspect stands out for me.  For a few short moments during sunrise each morning the island is alive with the natural predation activity of the great white sharks on the cape fur seals. While some of our guests may not be too thrilled with the very early start in the morning, it becomes well worth it for the opportunity to witness these top predators hunt. Seal Island is so unique because it is the best place in the world to view white sharks breach, sometimes multiple times, when they hunt seals early in the morning. The ocean floor topography, a steep drop off surrounding the island, allows the sharks to attack from below with such velocity that they are [...]

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“#1 on my bucket list”

By | September 3rd, 2012|Tour Happening's|

“#1 on my bucket list” Reviewed August 28, 2012 I have been a fan of Great Whites since I first saw Shark Week on the Discovery Channel as a kid. With so much anticipation, this was one of the most trip decisions I've made. I was a little overwhelmed with all the different tour companies operating around Cape Town. What made the decision for me was really the website. Specifically, the information about Rob and Karen and their personal passion and investment in the species. Also, the list of questions one should ask when choosing a tour operator. These little touches gave me confidence that I was choosing the right company for the experience I wanted. The day of the tour, we were greeted by a friendly and confident crew ready to laugh with us and answer all of our questions. Rob really has a 6th sense about Great Whites [...]

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“Guys to deal with, definitely!”

By | September 3rd, 2012|Tour Happening's|

“Guys to deal with, definitely![pullquote]”But when you are there, you feel like you are in the family.[/pullquote] Reviewed August 29, 2012 Very professional, efficient, friendly. It was a pleasure to deal with you. Thank you, Rob, Allie (hope the spelling is right), the "new balance" guy (sorry - I do not know your name) and the rest of the crew. You are just great! Rob knows the business - he found sharks quickly. Two other boats joined us in approximately an hour, I guess, because we were in the best location. And the cage had the up-side cover, otherwise I would not have let my 13 year old son inside. Guys, you also have an on-shore super star crew member. Her name is Tamsyn. As far as I know, Rob and the team worked for National Geogrphic, Discovery, BBC, what else? But when you are there, you feel like you are [...]

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