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A sleepy shark week

By | April 15th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Monday 14th April We’ve had a slightly sleepy week with the sharks this week, but although we have not had the same numbers of great white sharks around the boat, we are still lucky enough to have managed to observe some incredible great white shark behaviour. In just one morning, we saw 3 shark predations on seals within a few hundred feet of the boat! Now I’m never quite sure in these situations as to whose side I’m on; the lonesome, cute and playful seal that is splashing around well outside the ‘safe boundaries’ of Seal Island? Or the awesome, silent and majestic great white shark prowling, waiting for an easy meal. The fact that at the moment there are roughly around 15 great white sharks patrolling the 800m Seal Island, makes it highly likely that when we see a seal swimming on its own, the outcome will be an [...]

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“Airjaws” is back with the first breach of the season!

By | April 9th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

At African Shark Eco-Charters  the “AIRJAWS” shark breaching trip is the most popular. It is a combination trip of shark breaching and shark cage diving. The season for AIRJAWS starts in May, but we have been very lucky to have seen our first Breach of the year. Shark Breaching is one of the hunting techniques that great white sharks use to surprise and kill its prey. They breach with such force  and explosive energy that it propels the shark right out of the water.   The best time is just before and at sunrise and mainly at certain  area’s around the island and only for a few months of the year. This behaviour is absolutely awesome to witness in person, and if you are in Cape Town during shark season, then this trip is a “must do”. It is seen nowhere on the planet as regularly as  in False Bay and by  [...]

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Media Make up

By | April 8th, 2014|Interesting Articles, Tour Happening's|

When there is no media stories around, the Media just add lib and make it up. Ok, so I have just read an article entitled ‘Brush with death! Great white shark tries to take a bite out of a group of divers – Divers have described their terror when a great white shark tried to EAT them’. And apologies for using an English expression, but it’s really got my back up. The media have obviously had a slow day in England (it’s from a British tabloid) and have decided to sensationalise the cage-diving industry. They know that shark attacks sell newspapers. And when one hasn’t happened? They just make it up, and put a photo of a great white with rolled back eyes, big teeth and red gums as decoration. For people that do not know about great white sharks or the cage-diving trips, such as the ones we at [...]

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Media Make up

Crazy Airjaws and flying sharks show their stuff

By | April 8th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

So, to all you African Shark Eco Charters fans and Great white shark enthusiasts, it's almost that time of year again when we start to see some crazy Airjaws and flying sharks! On Monday ‎the 7th of April we started off the day with a bang... just off the southern side of Seal Island in False Bay we came across a huge pod of about a thousand Common Dolphin which was quite a treat. Its the same pod of Common Dolphin that we have been seeing over the past few weeks around Seal Island. They seem to be here in False Bay due to the large number of bait fish (Sardines) that are swimming in the warm waters. After the Common Dolphin we continued on towards Seal Island. When we arrived our skipper Rob Lawrence said that the conditions were perfect to tow our little decoy seal also known as [...]

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African Shark Eco-Charters – Our Shark-Proof Cage

By | April 4th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Now that Great White Shark season has officially started here at African Shark Eco-Charters and in False Bay, our boat has been doing almost daily runs to Seal Island, and our Shark Cage has been put to good use.  For all those who are concerned about going into the Shark Cage, I though I would give you some background information on it. Our Cages are designed and made by qualified welders and meet the requirements of the Great White Shark Safety Code of Conduct. The cage is rectangular-shaped and while it is a drifting surface cage, it is secured to the side of the boat with 2 ropes, and an additional rope is attached to the bottom of the cage for stability to stop it from drifting or bobbing in the swell.  Once everyone is onboard and the Blue Pointer 2 is anchored off Seal Island you are fitted in [...]

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False Bay Marine Big 5 With African Shark Eco-Charters

By | March 27th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Here in South Africa we have the famous Big 5 Safari animals  (lion,  leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo),  But have you heard that we  have an equally impressive Marine Big 5 right here in False Bay?  The Marine Big 5 are made up of the Southern Right Whale, Cape Fur Seal, African Penguin, Common Dolphins and our favourite the Great White Shark.  False Bay in the Western Cape is one of the only places in the World that can boast of such a diverse and unique range of marine wildlife, making it a one of a kind Eco-Destination. On our Great White Shark trips run from Simons Town, to Seal Island you can witness  thousands of Cape Fur Seals basking in the sun on Seal Island;  trawl along the infamous Seal Island on the lookout for the magnificent  Great White Shark; float alongside curious and enormous Southern Right  Whales; admire the [...]

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A Cool Experience- a great Trip Advisor review

By | March 21st, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Here at African Shark Eco-Charters, we love reading our Trip Advisor reviews, and thank everyone for posting about their Great White Shark diving trips on Trip Advisor. We loved this review and thought it would be great to share it with all our guests. “A cool experience...”    Reviewed 18 March 2014      The staff were extremely friendly and professional and the gear (wetsuit, booties, gloves, cap, mask, regulator) were of great quality. Most importantly, we saw about 6 different sharks while above water and one while in the cage. It was a nice touch that they had a cooler full of snacks for us to munch on at our leisure. We also enjoyed the top deck very much as it was easier to see sharks from up top, and very relaxing to lay in the sun in between sightings. Cheers!   

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Some more Wonderful Reviews on Trip Advisor

By | March 21st, 2014|General, Tour Happening's|

Here at African Shark Eco-Charters we love it when our past guests are able to write about their trips on Trip Advisor, it gives our future Guests a chance to see what to expect from their trips with us.  We received the following comments last week from past guests and they all make for wonderful reading.                                               Seal Island At Dawn     “Had A Great Time”    Reviewed 5 March 2014   We loved going out with African Shark Eco-Charters to see the sharks in False Bay. We saw a few sharks, but as it had been very windy the day before, visibility in the shark cage in the water was very poor. They gave us a free voucher for another trip to compensate. I thought this was a really nice gesture and showed a high level of professionalism. The crew was incredibly knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the sharks. On the way [...]

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Viewing Great White Sharks with Scuba

By | March 13th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Viewing Great White Sharks with Scuba Shark Cage Diving with Scuba is best and here is why!Here in False Bay for Great White Shark diving, African Shark Eco-Charters likes to lead the way, and we are one of the few operators that offer Scuba Air to our guests in the Shark Cage. To fully experience your dive with great white sharks you must consider using scuba gear. Today was a perfect example of why viewing great white sharks with  scuba in the shark cage is better than just snorkeling or breath holding.   It was a windy day and the sea was choppy, but the Great White Sharks were plentiful and active. Surface viewing was not ideal though, and all the guests, bar one, chose to dive. And they all chose to shark cage dive with scuba. We use the hookah system, which means the tanks stay on board and the cage is fixed to the side of the [...]

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Shark Cage Diving – Breathtaking, but not scary!

By | February 19th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Shark cage diving with African Shark Eco-Charters   Shark cage diving with African Shark Eco-Charters - “Breathtaking, but not scary!” Reviewed 17 February 2014 "An unforgettable experience. From start to end, the trip was amazing. The office staff was incredibly helpful in communicating frequently about our trip (weather was touch-and-go, so the decision to green-light the trip was made the previous day) and responding to 7pm text messages asking for directions to the pier. The dive itself was spectacular. It is an early start, but not bad if you're in Cape Town, and the trip out to Seal Island takes only 30 minutes. From there you do a quick loop around the island, then set up in an optimal position for shark viewing. You start by viewing the sharks from the surface while the crew works bait and a seal decoy to get sharks closer to the cage. [...]

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