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Is shark cage diving on your bucket list?

By | October 17th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Shark cage diving with African Shark Eco-Charters If there is one thing that needs to be added to your bucket list, shark cage diving with the Great White Sharks is a definite "must-do"! Great White Sharks are perhaps one of the most feared and misunderstood creatures on this planet due to the negative media publicity they have endured over the years; yet these mysterious apex predators have intrigued and awed humans since our first encounters with them, and we are constantly wanting to learn more about them. Shark cage diving with Great White Sharks provides a thrilling and adrenaline-filled opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the World's most supreme predators, and is one of the most sought after tourist activities. Our shark cage diving trips aim to educate our guests about the Great White Sharks and to help dispel the myths and irrational fear that surrounds these [...]

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Shark Cage Diving Safety – Do’s & Dont’s On The Boat

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

Shark Cage Diving Safety  - Do's & Dont's On The Boat When it comes to the safety aspect of shark cage diving, this is never overlooked. Shark cage diving safety is naturally extremely important and divers can be certain that African Shark Eco-Charters follows all the necessary safety procedures and regulations. We comply with a strict set of safety rules and regulations set out by SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority). Before embarking on a shark cage diving trip, a safety briefing is conducted. The location of all safety and emergency equipment is pointed out to the guests. A full medical first aid kit is available on board and our crew are trained to handle emergency situations. This relieves the worry of our guests so that they can relax and enjoy their shark cage diving trip with us. During the shark cage diving trip, there are a few do's and [...]

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Shark Cage Diving & Breaching 2012 Highlights

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

Shark Cage Diving & Breaching 2012 Season Highlights Howzit Sharkies. I trust you have all had a great time this past season enjoying our blogs, and im sure some of you had great times with us on our shark cage diving and breaching trips. It has been a mixed up season with some lengthy gaps of no sharks. Here is run down on how I saw the season for 2012: Our shark cage diving trips commenced this year in February,  and since I have been with African Shark Eco Charters, we have never missed a day in Feb for the past 3 seasons with regards to sightings. We had a great month with great white shark numbers varying from 1 all the way up to 8 or 9 on some trips. The scavenging normally happens at this time of the year as the seal pups are starting to venture away [...]

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Shark Cage Diving “Once in a lifetime!”

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

Shark Cage Diving “Once in a lifetime!” I recently did the Air Jaws tour in mid-September with my boyfriend and another couple. Prior to booking the trip, I received lots of helpful information about the tour and what could realistically be expected from it. I felt very confident booking with the company that NatGeo and Discovery Channel use, regardless of what the shark sighting outcome would be. Thankfully we were not disappointed!! The morning of the trip we met the company at the main docks and hopped on board. The owner of the company, Rob, was our captain that day and throughout the morning he told us about his company’s history, interesting stories, and lots of information on great whites. Rob is very knowledgeable and friendly, as well as his helpful staff. On the way to Seal Island we witnessed a poor seal become a shark’s breakfast. Once we got [...]

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Shark cage diving- a “Wonderful Experience!”

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

Shark Cage Diving- a “Wonderful Experience!” Our Boat " Blue Pointer 2" This trip was truly an epic experience. From the time I booked the trip to stepping off the boat at the end, everything was handled very professionally and efficiently by the staff of this family-owned business. Booking the trip by email went smoothly and I was given options on payment which was very nice. They explained that even though I had to put a credit card on file, I could pay cash at the end to save the 3% added to non-cash transactions. So I was able to plan that part ahead of time. I chose to book the optional round trip transportation from my hotel and our driver was on time, very nice, and the drive to Simon's Town was pretty quick (about 45 minutes). Once we arrived, we all boarded and headed out immediately [...]

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Ali’s in love with the great white sharks of False Bay

By | October 4th, 2012|Tour Happening's|

Great White Fascination Leaving Simons Town harbour on the way shark cage diving. Seal Island False Bay My first season with African Shark Eco Charters has been a whirlwind of dramatic hunting sequences, teeth, claws, flying sharks, chewed decoys and excited tourists.  The 2012 great white shark season has been action packed and I have loved and appreciated every moment of it. Last week on the Blue Pointer 2 a guest told me she was surprised to find that the crew members were as thrilled as the tourists were about seeing great white sharks.  She couldn’t believe we were so enthusiastic when we see the sharks every day... surely we get used to it and it gets old??  I can honestly say that the excitement never wears off. No matter how many times I have seen these unique predators, every day is different and extraordinary. What’s important to [...]

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Shark Cage Diving “SHARK!!!!”

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

Shark Cage Diving “SHARK!!!!” This tour was beyond my expectations. My wife and I took the morning Shark Trip our first day in South Africa. We saw about 10 different great whites that came right up to the boat (and next to the cage). We were also lucky enough to see a kill and a breach on our decoy. The team from African Shark Eco-Charters was extremely professional and knowledgable and I felt completely safe (well as safe as can be when you are face to face with a 12 ft great white) with them as our guides. I highly reccommed anyone to use this company if they want to use see great whites in action. Visited September 2012 http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g319718-d1887135-r141368848-African_Shark_Eco_Charters-Simon_s_Town_Western_Cape.html#UR141368848 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 [...]

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Shark Cage Diving “Time of my life”

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

Shark Cage Diving "Time of my life" An amazing group of people and Animals! The crew of the "Blue Pointer II" were beyond friendly and helpful. They made me feel completely comfortable and like a member of the family. Robis a font of knowledge on White Sharks and loves to share it. I learned a lot and came away with memories and new friendships that will last a lifetime! Visited September 2012 http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g319718-d1887135-r141698187-African_Shark_Eco_Charters-Simon_s_Town_Western_Cape.html#REVIEWS 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 [...]

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Details of who to write to ” to petition” killing great white sharks

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

The Western Australian government has approved a plan to kill sharks that venture too close to people in the water. White sharks are a protected species in Australian waters, but the new policy would allow fisheries department officials to kill any white shark deemed an "imminent threat to people." Australia has averaged just over one fatal attack per year over the past 50 years. The Conservation Council of Western Australia praised the additional funds for research and increased patrols but slammed the new pre-emptive kill policy as ineffective. SRI agrees. It would be far more effective to use the funds as the Conservation Council suggests and educate the public. The proposed cull will be detrimental to a species already threatened with extinction. It is a knee-jerk reaction that will give a false illusion of "protection" to beachgoers. Please write the following goverment officials opposing the cull:  Letters, emails, and faxes [...]

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Petition against killing great white sharks in Australia

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

As you probably know, the government of Western Australia has recently announced it will be hunting and killing endangered great white sharks found in their coastal waters as a preventative measure. In response to this, an international petition  has received signatures from over 30 different countries in the first two days of the campaign. This is an important international issue. The Great White Shark is listed as Vulnerable to Extintion on the IUCN Red List and as an apex predator, the loss of such an important part of the ecosystem could result in drastic and far reaching consequences on a global scale. You can view the petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/make-illegal-the-unprovoked-killing-of-great-whites

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