Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa is the best place to see the breaching Great White Shark The Great White Shark is one of the most widely distributed of all sharks and has been sighted in almost every region of the globe from cold seas to the tropics, and from coastal to oceanic seas. They are mainly found between the latitudes of 60° North and 60° South, in waters ranging in temperature between 14° C and 24° C. Research has shown that Great White Sharks do not remain long in any particular place, and instead will only stay in a certain region for a few weeks on end. Great White Sharks are also capable of extensive open ocean voyages, covering vast distances around the globe. Generally the Great White Shark is considered rare in most places it occurs, but there are a handful of places around the [...]
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The "flying" Great Whites of False Bay - as seen on Airjaws 1 & 2 Airjaws 1 and 2 is the most successful shark show ever made by Discovery Channel, and it concentrates on the “flying” great white sharks of Seal Island, False Bay, South Africa. The boat it was filmed on was the ‘Blue Pointer”, operated by Rob Lawrence of African Shark Eco-Charters. According to Rodney Fox, Peter Benchley and Rocky Strong, as well as the whole National Geographic film crew who were out with us in 1999, they believe it to be the best place on the planet to see natural predator-prey interaction as well as other unique behaviours such as Great White Shark breaching. Rob helped produce and starred in “Air Jaws”. Since then the Discovery Channel has completed filming on “Air Jaws II” with him, and African Shark Eco-Charters has facilitating several international film crews [...]
Cape Fur Seals form a main part of the Great White Shark's diet Thanks to the media and films like "Jaws" and Shark Tale", there seems to be the perception amongst the general public that humans form part of the staple diet of all sharks. This misconception is especially true for the Great White Shark, which has received the worst press as far as being blamed for human attacks goes. Despite this perception, nothing could be farther from the truth. Some studies have determined that Great White Sharks only attack if they are feeling threatened, wereas other studies have shown that most attacks on humans are a case of mistaken identity. It is thought that humans on surfboards resemble seals or turtles on the surface of the water to the Great White Shark, of which both animals form part of their main diet. As one of the ocean's [...]
Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai - Cape Town Shark cage diving is a must-do. There are two shark area's. Gansbaai and Simon's Town. Gansbaai: During the Summer (October to end February ), it is the low- intermediate season and we would recommend shark cage diving at 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. False Bay: During the Winter, high season, we would recommend booking with us in Simon's Town (Seal Island, False Bay). Shark cage diving - Gansbaai, Cape Town, ( 2hrs from Cape Town), is done in a narrow channel called Shark Alley, which is the open stretch of water between Dyer Island and nearby Geyser Island. Although this is low season for shark activity in South Africa, "Shark Alley" in Gansbaai still produces activity that is worth viewing. We can book [...]
Over the years we have found our 5 day shark trip to be an incredibly popular package, especially among photographers and Great White enthusiasts, and for those guests who don’t have the opportunity for a full 10 days. Spend 5 days focusing on observing the unique Great White Shark "AIRJAWS" breaching and natural hunting behaviour on cape fur seals.
Shark cage diving Cape Town - Gansbaai ( 2.5 hrs from Cape Town), is done in a narrow channel called Shark Alley, which is the open stretch of water between Dyer Island and nearby Geyser Island.
The 10 day shark trip is for the serious photographers and film makers, or those who have a passion for the Great White Shark and just want to spend time getting to know and understand them. On these trips you will get to recognize the sharks, and perhaps even get to name one! Don’t just dream of taking awesome shark pictures…..do it! Wake up every day knowing you are going to spend another day with the great white sharks in their natural habitat.
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 shark smart 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. Stay shark smart! 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 [...]
African Shark Eco-Charters are exceptionally pleased at our great reviews, and would like to share them with you. We thank everyone who takes the time to write about their cage diving experience, and we especially enjoy reading about how much our Great Whites are loved and appreciated. We hope to see you all again in the near future, and hope you carry your experience with you wherever you may go! “Great experience that we will never forget” Reviewed 16 October 2014 My wife and I planned our whole vacation around seeing a Great White at Seal Island and our wish came true - we saw a full breach and had a 12ft shark surface right beside the boat. Wow, what an experience! We got a couple of good pictures to remember this incredible moment. The weather was great (prior 4 days had been cancelled due to bad weather) but [...]