Shark Cage Diving
Shark Cage Diving is the bomb. It’s 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, our guests are able to pass that forward and change others misconceptions.
We are in Simon’s Town.
During the Summer (October-end January), it is the low- intermediate season in False Bay Simon’s Town. 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 and we begin our trips then. If you are here between (October-end January) we can book you with our prefferred operator in GANSBAAI.
Shark Cage Diving in Simon’s Town, is just 40 min 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. This behaviour is seen during our peak season.
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. We are the only one to offer scuba diving on all our trips. No experience needed all scuba equipment stays on board and only the scuba hose enters the cage, allowing you to enjoy a great dive without cumbersome, heavy tanks and gear. You are welcome to snorkel as well if you don’t wish to scuba dive.
The average dive time is 20 minutes depending on the shark activity. Once everyone has had a go, then a second dive is allowed for those interested in diving again. The crew is highly trained and safety is of utmost importance.
What to do ( Hint, Hint) : Our guides try to chat with all the guests but its very hard if you are not open to talk “shark”. So, please ask questions! Engage with the guides. They love to share their knowledge and its much easier if you are open, talkative and show interest in the sharks.
The Great White is a very curious animal and will often circle and come up to the cage, as if to get a “personal” look at the diver, while you are having a personal look at it.
Transfers: Optional: Return transfers from designated pickup points in Cape Town
Duration:Approx 5.5 hours. The trip departs from Simon’s town at 7am sharp and returns at 12h30.
How many guests on the boat? 12. We don’t want you just to be a number, which is why, unlike many other operators we choose to take out only small groups, making it a more personal experience, as well as then being able to spend enough time sharing our love and knowledge of the great white shark with you.
How many divers in the cage? 2 maximum. Not 5-8 like a lot of other operators.
Do you offer scuba? Yes All diving equipment is supplied. No diving experience is necessary.
Does using scuba affect the sharks coming to the boat? No. In our experience working in False Bay since 1996, we have found that the bubbles or scuba noise have no effect on the great white sharks.
Do you use shark liver to attract sharks? No
Do: Come along even if just surface-viewing.
Shark Cage Diving Itinerary
05.45 – 06.00: Pick up in Cape Town (Optional)
06.45: Meet at the Simons Town Pier for briefing (overview of day). Do not be late.
07.00: Departure to Seal Island. Do not be late. The boat will not wait for you.
Tour around island, do an inspection lap. Choosing the best spot to anchor up with regard to wind and swell direction and start diving.The cage is lowered into the water to free up the working area on the deck. A bait line is put in the water as well as the carpet seal decoy. Every precaution is taken not to injure the shark. We do not feed sharks, nor touch sharks. We are NOT an adrenalin outfit. You will still have excellent views of the Great White Shark should you chose not to dive.
12.30. Return to Simons Town.
13.00 Transfer Back in Cape Town (Optional)
IMPORTANT- Please Note: We have a very high success rate, but we are working with wild animals. Please be aware of this, so you do not arrive with unrealistic expectations. Shark sightings and activity are never guaranteed and even during peak season there may be days when the sightings are lower than expected. No refunds will be made for non-sightings. We will however offer you a voucher for another trip.