"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.
“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 [...]