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Ultimate “AIRJAWS” shark breaching trips with African Shark Eco-Charters

By | November 16th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Our ultimate "AIRJAWS" trip is the most popular trip that African Shark Eco-Charters has to offer, and is a combination trip which focuses on the natural predations, breaching, shark cage diving and surface viewing all on one trip. This adventurous 5.5 hour breaching and shark cage diving trip ventures out to Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa, the only place in the world where the natural predations and breaching activity occurs so regularly. We depart early in the morning as the best time to witness the Great White Shark's natural predatory interaction with the Cape Fur Seals is just before and at sunrise, mainly at certain area’s around the island, and only for a few months of the year.  The best months to witness the natural predation and breaching activity is during June, July and August. Breaching is one of the hunting techniques that great white sharks use to surprise [...]

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About African Shark Eco-Charters

By | November 16th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

About African Shark Eco-Charters They say that true passion is when you take what you love and turn it into your work and this is how African Shark Eco-Charters was born. We are privileged to be able to have done this.  Being with the great white sharks is what we love. And we want to share this with you. We are a top shark diving company  in False Bay. For years now we have been changing perceptions and instilling a love for great white sharks in others. Whether it be our guests, photographers or film makers, they walk away with a positive attitude and in turn pass that onto others. Our ethos is for you to experience your great white shark breaching or cage diving trip in a natural environment, putting sharks first with our "first do not harm approach", and managing our environmental footprint as much as possible. We are environmentally sensitive [...]

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Shark Cage Diving – Taking The Plunge

By | November 12th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Shark cage diving with African Shark Eco-Charters Shark cage diving is an amazing way to experience being with the Great White Shark, and allows you to get up close and personal with these amazing apex predators. There are three shark cage diving "hot spots" for viewing the Great White Sharks in South Africa. These shark cage diving "hotspots" include Seal Island in Mossel Bay, Dyer Island and Geyser Rock near Gansbaai, and the infamous Seal Island in False Bay, which is also home to the “flying” Great White Sharks. Our shark cage diving trips depart from Simon's Town pier, which is only roughly 40 minutes from Cape Town, and it is a short 20-25 minute boat ride to Seal Island, False Bay. A full safety briefing and overview of the trip is given before each shark cage diving trip. Our morning shark cage diving trips depart for Seal [...]

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Adventurous shark cage diving with the Blue & Mako Sharks

By | November 8th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Adventurous shark cage diving with the Blue & Mako Sharks. This adventurous shark cage diving trip takes you 15 - 25 miles off Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope in search of Blue & Mako Sharks, and is a perfect alternative in our summer months when it is low season for the Great White Sharks. For nature-lovers wanting to experience a bit of everything, then this shark cage diving trip is a definite "must-do". Blue sharks are afraid of very little and are usually the first to approach diver and cage with a lot of interest, only satisfied after a close inspection that you are not a food item; this is great for photos and memories. Mako Sharks are the fastest swimming shark, and observing one is truly a fantastic experience. We also have a good success rate with diving with Tuna. Shark cage diving with Blue [...]

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Help The Great White Sharks By Going Shark Cage Diving

By | November 7th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Help the Great White Sharks by going shark cage diving. Shark Cage Diving. African Shark Eco-Charters Shark cage diving has contributed largely to the conservation of the Great White Shark. After the release of Jaws in 1975, a 'shark-attack' hysteria arose and the Great White Shark was considered to be a man-eating monster. This launched a killing frenzy motivated by fear, and anglers and trophy hunters from the USA, Australia and South Africa set out to sea to bring back as many Great White Sharks as possible. As the death toll mounted over the passing years, evidence showed that the Great White Shark population was diminishing at an alarming rate which caused concern for the marine biologists. In 1991, South Africa was the first nation to proclaim the Great White Shark as a protected species, later followed by Namibia, Malta, Australia and the USA, putting an almost immediate [...]

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How to select a reputable shark cage diving operator

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

How to select a reputable shark cage diving operator. Thinking about going shark cage diving? Choosing the the right shark cage diving operator may seem overwhelming at first, but this choice can either enhance or spoil your shark cage diving experience with the Great White Sharks, so it is best to choose wisely. It is important to note that shark cage diving is not an 'extreme sport', although adrenalin-pumping, but rather a wildlife-watching experience, and every precaution must be taken to operate in an eco-friendly manner so as not to injure the Great White Sharks. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a reputable shark cage diving operator: Choose a shark cage diving company who is committed to shark conservation and who provides accurate, quality information. Avoid shark cage diving operators who use shark livers of other sharks to attract Great White Sharks. Only use licensed operators who [...]

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Shark Cage Diving – Frequently Asked Questions

By | November 1st, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Frequently asked questions about shark cage diving The idea of going shark cage diving can be a very daunting one at first, as the thought of getting up close with these apex predators send chills up the spines of many people. With these frequently asked questions below, we aim to help ease those nerve-wrecking thoughts and help you plan your shark cage diving trip by providing you with all the need-to-know information. Must I bring my own dive gear for the shark cage diving trip or is it included? No, all you need to dive is to bring your swimming gear and a towel (optional). Can non-divers also go onto one of your tours and is it the same price? Yes. Many guests surface view only. Our boat is specially designed for surface viewing and photography, and we have an upper viewing deck on the boat as well. Yes, it [...]

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Summer Great White Shark Awareness In Cape Town

By | October 29th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

With summer on its way and the Great White Sharks moving closer inshore, our shark cage diving season in False Bay has officially come to an end, and African Shark Eco-Charters thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone to keep safe in the water and to obey the Shark Spotter's Flag Warning System. Considering the number of people who use the ocean on a daily basis, the actual number of attacks by Great White Sharks is extremely low. People are not the natural prey of the Great White Sharks. Everyone entering the ocean should do so at their own discretion, knowing that they are entering a wild environment in which sharks naturally live. We are entering their territory; they are not coming into ours. Shark Safety Tips If people exercise caution and are aware of their environment, the risk of an attack can be lowered further. Here [...]

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Tagged Great White Shark Killed Off Mozambique

By | October 25th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

A Great White Shark named Brenda Fassie, who was tagged in Mossel Bay around 7 months ago, made its way along the coast up to Mozambique where she was caught in a gill net and died. The online Ocearch Global Shark Tracker showed that Brenda's satellite tag had been transmitting signals from a village in southern Mozambique for a period of nearly two weeks. At the end of last month, based on dots showing where signal was transmitted from, Brenda swam around the Mozambique Channel. On October 4, she was near the shoreline and a line from this point shows her tag was moved to an area near the village of Quissico in the Inhambane area of Mozambique. A number of dots plotted in the village show how her tag has moved around daily. When zoomed in on, the map shows that at 5.53am on Wednesday, the tag transmitted a [...]

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Shark Cage Diving – Safety tips for entering the shark cage

By | October 19th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Shark Cage Diving with African Shark Eco-Charters   Thinking of going shark cage diving with Great White Sharks? Here are a few safety tips for entering the shark cage during your shark cage diving trip. Shark cage diving is extremely safe and African Shark Eco-Charters aims to ensure that divers enjoy an unforgettable experience, while following all the necessary safety procedures and regulations. Have a look at our post which focuses on the safety aspect of shark cage diving. It is important to note that shark cage diving is always subject to the water conditions on the day, which can only be established when we reach the dive site at Seal Island, False Bay. Your safety is our main concern and this decision is made by our Dive Master. There are very few days that shark cage diving is not possible as we do not go to sea [...]

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