“An Experience of a Lifetime 23/07/2012”[pullquote]professional, friendly and fun crew[/pullquote] Reviewed July 25, 2012 THANK YOU to Rob and his team for such an unbelievable experience. We were so lucky to have fantastic weather (after a particularly gloomy weekend!), amazing shark sightings and such a professional, friendly and fun crew to take us out as well as a very friendly and patient Tamsyn doing desk duty! I still can't believe how beautiful these creatures are - I now have sharks constantly on the mind and ready to do it again at any chance! It is also a great idea to be connected to air so that we didn’t have to break our viewing time by surfacing for air all the time. Definitely a highlight of my trip to Cape Town and something I would highly recommend to anyone visiting this part of the world. See you next time! Janet Visited [...]
“Shark Cage Diving” Reviewed August 3, 2012 Although the waters were a little too merky for diving (we did it anyway and got a single glimpse of a shark underwater), the above water photos and experience were still worth the trip. These guys are excellent at what they do and were able to get us three sharks to "breach" and several more close enough for some great photos. http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g319718-d1887135-r136123738-African_Shark_Eco_Charters-Simon_s_Town_Western_Cape.html#REVIEWS
What’s so great about the Great White Shark? There’s something very special about the Great White Shark. Over 400 species of sharks are known to Science. Each and every one of them is fascinating in its own special way. Yet in the public’s imagination, only one shark species looms larger than all the others combined….. The Great White! The Great White is a veritable ‘superstar’ among sharks. It has come to represent the very epitome of sharkiness and is the ‘hands-down’ favorite of virtually every shark enthusiast. What makes the Great White Shark ‘Great’? I think it comes down to a combination of 4 qualities: It is a very large animal, growing more to more than 20 feet (6 metres) in length and 2 tons in mass. We humans are intrinsically awed by sheer size and a full-grown Great Whiteis certainly an impressive animal. The Great White is an apex shark, [...]
A great white shark glides past the boat. Our sleepy morning guests may wonder how the ASEC crew members are able to motivate themselves to work at 6 am each morning. For me, beautiful days like today make the early mornings worthwhile. The water was incredibly still as we bobbed about under a lovely False Bay sunrise, waiting for the great white sharks to hunt. The hunting activity was fairly quiet, but we did see a wonderful aerial breach on a group of seals and a breach on another boat’s decoy. We then anchored for a morning of epic shark cage diving. We saw sharks from quite a range of sizes, from 2.5 m to 4.5 m. At Seal Island we rarely see great whites greater than 5 m or less than 2 m. This means we are not seeing very young sharks, which are not large [...]
Cage diving with African Shark Eco-ChartersSurvival of the fittest The process of evolution through natural selection or global events (i.e. ice ages, volcanic eruptions, asteroid strikes, and human driven extinctions) has claimed the fates of many species and species groups over the millennia. Sharks, however, stand out as one of the few families to survive both cataclysmic events and the slower genetic process of natural selection. Sharks are one of evolutions most classic and enduring success stories. The earliest ancestors of modern sharks can be traced back about 425 million years, which is 200 million years before the earliest known dinosaurs! However, don’t confuse ancient with being primitive. Sharks have gone through the process of adaptation and evolutionary experimentation as well. The modern descendants of ancient sharks have incorporated many of the successful traits of the past. They have changed over time, but the changes have not been too extreme, [...]
"OK, this has been the greatest and coolest thing I have done in South Africa. And somewhere up there with the coolest things in my life. Capt Rob and the crew, Brandon, Ally, Willie, Gary (the guy in the afternoon, hope I got his name right) and you are second to none." - RJ Petrie Here are a few pictures that were taken by RJ Petrie on his shark cage diving and breaching trip with African Shark Eco-Charters. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us, RJ! Looking forward to having you join us again soon! Different wildlife on Seal Island, False Bay. © RJ Petrie Great White Shark inspecting the decoy. © RJ Petrie Great White Shark up close to our boat, Blue Pointer II. © RJ Petrie Breaching Great White Shark at Seal Island, False Bay. © RJ Petrie [...]
Cage Diving and Breaching trips in Simon's Town, South Africa. After a slow May, we've been having positive signs the past week of the great white sharks returning to their favourite cape fur seal hunting grounds, Seal Island, False Bay! It is clear to us that the sharks are back! And so, today the rain and wind had little chance of dampening our spirits. Natural predations and kill slicks of Cape Fur Seals have indicated their presence, however, today was the first day in a few weeks we have had the sharks around our boat, Blue Pointer 2, showing their famous curiosity. There is nothing quite like having those ‘men in grey suits’ getting right up close and personal with the guests! Today we were able to cage dive all our guests on board. Everyone got close views of two different sharks that were quite keen to ‘play’ and they stuck around the [...]
“A definite MUST!!” Being a South African that now lives abroad... a trip home would not be complete without joining the African Shark Eco-Charters crew again! Every aspect of my experience far exceeded my expectations. Booking my date was a breeze and the customer service was fantastic. The crew were fun and had a wealth of knowledge about all marine and coastal wildlife. Their passion was palpable. I would ,and do, recommend ASEC to everyone!!! Cage Diving with the Great White Shark.
Here are two guests that are shark cage diving. We go to Seal Island, which is in False Bay, off Simons Town, Cape Town. Guests have the option of either scuba diving or snorkelling in the cage with us, African Shark Eco-Charters. Join us for a 'once in a lifetime' trip to see the Great White Sharks.