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.
Blue Pointer 2 Here is a lovely pic of our boat the Blue Pointer 2. The Blue Pointer 2 is a custom designed 2006 36ft GECAT marine catamaran. The boat is spacious and is a very good platform to photograph breaching and hunting behaviour. The vessel has a walk around cabin as well as a large viewing deck which provides an alternate angle for filming from a raised vantage point. Being a catamaran, the boat is very stable once on anchor during diving operations. The vessel has an onboard toilet and a separate change room. We take a maximum of 12 guests per trip. This makes for a very enjoyable shark trip as the boat is not overcrowded. The boat is powered by two new 2012 4-stroke 300Hp Suzuki outboard motors, which offers more speed, more acceleration and all-round better performance. [...]
“Customer service” Reviewed May 20, 2012 NEW Well this review is not about the shark dive because it never happened. I had reserved a date to go but the day before they called and had not been seeing great activity lately. They left it up to us if we wanted to cancel at no charge. That is just great customer service in my mind these days of just doing a money grab. I was disappointed we didn't go with them because of this but didn't have enough time in cape town to reschedule. A++ customer service.