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. The main reason African Shark Eco-Charters uses these outboard motors [...]
“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.
“Best thing in South Africa!!!” Reviewed May 13, 2012 NEW 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. I am experienced around boats, fishing, diving, and surfing so I had no issues with anything. But watching the crew’s patience and help with the people who had no experience with wetsuits or masks or weight belts was truly neat in making it so everyone, experienced or not, had a great time. At least I hope they thought it was as great as I did. I am a devoted Shark Week watcher on discovery, so I feel I have a good idea of the happenings around Seal Island and [...]
Don’t deny it! When you are swimming in the water and a piece of seaweed brushes against your leg you freak out! This is just a funny caption I found about how a shark might feel! Wouldn’t it be amazing to know what they were thinking? I think we sometimes feel uneasy in the ocean because it is so vast and unknown. It is not our natural place and we don’t belong as a shark belongs. Viewing great white sharks under the surface of the ocean is so peaceful; their grace and beauty underwater is unexpected and awe-inspiring which makes it a very profound experience. You can sense that the ocean is their world, a world that we will never completely understand. You look into their black, unblinking eyes and wonder what they are thinking and how their pre-historic minds perceive their surroundings. Seeing these sharks in their natural environment [...]
“Awesome experience” Trip Advisor Review Reviewed April 14, 2012 My wife and I were in Cape Town for our 10th anniversary and decided to go shark cage diving. We researched several companies and settled on ASEC because of the small number of passengers on the boat and the fact that they use SCUBA. The experience was incredible, one that neither of us will ever forget. The seas were choppy that day but we still went out, we had 7 passengers total not including the three crew members. We saw approximately 7-8 sharks and were able to dive twice in the cage. I would highly recommend this company to anyone, ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY DO SCUBA...I can't imagine trying to do cage diving with a snorkel or just popping up to catch your breath, there is no way you would get the full experience unless you do SCUBA. Thanks to ASEC for [...]
African Shark Eco-Charters would like to dispel some myths about chumming we heard on Cape Talk radio station yesterday. What exactly is chumming? Chumming is a type of scent trail that that attracts fish, sharks, etc, to an area, or boat. It may be man made or natural. An example of a natural scent trail is a seal colony, bird colony, a dead whale or seal carcass even dead birds. [pullquote]Another good example of a man made scent trail created when fish are cleaned on a daily basis at a fishing harbour or beach and boats pumping there bulges.[/pullquote]An example of a man made scent trail would be for an example, fisherman using mashed up anchovies/pilchards with marine oil and salt water to attract fish and or small shark species to the boat in order to catch them. Another chum would be small cut pieces of sardines dropped off the boat to [...]
Its always nice to be complimented on a job well done and I want to give my crew two thumbs up. Hey Tamsyn, 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. I am experienced around boats, fishing, diving, and surfing so I had no issues with anything. But watching the crew’s patience and help with the people who had no experience with wetsuits or masks or weight belts was truly neat in making it so everyone, experienced or not, had a great time. At least I hope they thought it was as great as I did. I am a devoted Shark Week watcher on discovery, so [...]